Much is said about the relationship between music and health. That is why a recent study by Harvard University published the benefits of music in the emotional, psychological, and physical being of people
LatinAmerican Post | Daniel Alejandro Vergara
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The research published in Harvard Health Publishing affirms that although in the physical sphere it does not generate significant benefits, the contributions of music to the improvement of a person's health and mental condition are important. This study was carried out based on the analysis of the results of previous research on the subject. In addition, it was possible to corroborate the influence of music in all the aspects that surround it (dance, interpretation of instruments, and leisure). However, it states that a type of daily dose cannot be accurately stated to collaborate with the health of an average person. There is still more to investigate!
What is known about the benefits of music?
In an investigation carried out by Susam Hallam, for the University of London, it was confirmed that music contributes to the intellectual, social, and personal development of girls, boys, and young people. The study shows that there is a direct connection between music and early language learning. According to the research: “Speech makes extensive use of structural auditory patterns, based on timbre differences between phonemes. Music training develops skills that enhance the perception of these patterns. This is critical in the development of phonological awareness, which in turn contributes to successful learning to read.”
The same study also analyzed the benefits of music on a personal and social level, in childhood and adolescence. He found that learning to play an instrument promotes increased self-esteem, confidence, greater tolerance for frustration, and self-discipline and can provide tools to improve soft skills.
Hallam also found that playing an instrument helps improve motor skills and coordination. On the other hand, learning to sing may have some benefits for the immune and respiratory systems. Likewise, singing helps with stress reduction and mood improvement.
The Harvard University study also exposes the importance of music as a tool for therapies. The uses are diverse and depend on what the therapist believes is necessary for the various clinical conditions. However, music is usually applied to reduce anxiety, reduce pain (for example in cancer patients), reconcile sleep, and in some cases with issues related to movement and motor skills.
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In an interview for the Catholic University of Argentina, Gabriel Federico, music therapist and coordinator of the Camino Center, explains that: “music therapy is the profession that uses musical experiences to improve people's quality of life. It can be used both in clinical areas, as well as in preventive or therapeutic areas and with a wide variety of patients”.
The truth is that there are currently more and more medical centers that use music therapy to treat patients with various clinical conditions that can range from physical to mental problems. The two studies conclude that music, whether used therapeutically or in a more personal way, brings various health benefits. That is why they encourage you to learn to play instruments, sing, make use of music therapy services or simply listen to songs that you like on a daily basis.