I was researching for articles that would talk about benefits of listening and learning music. I came across this interesting article that was published in the Daily Mail in the UK written by Naomi Coleman. The article talks about how research has discovered that listening to music has a variety of health benefits. According to the writer, fresh research from Austria has found that listening to music can help patients with chronic back pain. As a person who suffers with back pains, this caught my attention and thought of sharing with the readers.
How it helps: Music works on the autonomic nervous system - the part of the nervous system responsible for controlling our blood pressure, heartbeat and brain function - and also the limbic system - the part of the brain that controls feelings and emotions. According to one piece of research, both these systems react sensitively to music.
When slow rhythms are played, our blood pressure and heartbeat slow down which helps us breathe more slowly, thus reducing muscle tension in our neck, shoulders, stomach and back. And experts say that apart from physical tension, music also reduces psychological tension in our mind.
In other words when we feel pain, we become frightened, frustrated and angry which makes us tense up hundreds of muscles in our back. Listening to music on a regular basis helps our bodies relax physically and mentally, thus helping to relieve - and prevent - back pain.