Can Music Heal the Brain?

Think about music for just a few seconds. How many times has a certain song made you cry, made you smile, or made you think of someone you love? Even though we may listen to music daily without a second thought, the truth is that music is quite powerful. Not only is music strongly tied to our physical and emotional responses, but it has also been found to preserve and enhance cognitive function.

The Truth About Rhythm and Your Mind

Have you ever heard someone say they don’t have rhythm? While they may not be able to keep up with the right dance steps or music notes, the truth is that every brain does have rhythm. Your brain has a pattern that changes depending on the activity you are doing. It is increasing when you are alert and focused and slowing when you get tired.

In cognitive diseases, like Parkinson’s, the brain’s rhythm gets thrown off track. People with musical training were found to have stronger memory, better visuospatial perception, and stronger planning, problem solving, and organizational skills. Music can help individuals have an emotional experience, which then releases dopamine, the chemical that those with Parkinson’s disease are lacking. Music also helps strengthen the relationship and communication between the two sides of the brain.

Can Music Heal the Brain?

There are several studies that show music can help stimulate the brain and even prevent cognitive disorders. More importantly are the testimonies from individuals who slow down their cognitive decline and reclaim their mind with the use of music and jam sessions.

Playing music looks effortless, but it is actually quite complicated and engages several areas of the brain at once. It makes the brain naturally multitask. Playing music is like a workout for the brain because it requires fine motor movements, immediate visual and auditory processing, mathematical precision, emotional interpretation, and even coordination if playing with other musicians.

Get the Benefits from Music

Using music to help prevent cognitive decline and improve your memory is for everyone. You do not have to have any training or talent to partake in music therapy. If you cannot afford or find musical therapy, simple tasks such as singing in the church choir, taking music lessons, or teaching yourself an instrument will all benefit your brain.

Whether you are at risk for Parkinson’s disease or not, adding music to your day has many benefits. Stimulate your mind with some good music to lessen depression, sharpen your memory, and increase your focus.

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