Let your body hummm this healthy song

Updated at: Dec 29, 2010
Let your body hummm this healthy song

The effect of slow rhythms and pauses could be helpful in preventing or treating heart disease and stroke, says a study conducted by the University of Pavia and Oxford.

 Antara Paul
Home RemediesWritten by: Antara PaulPublished at: Dec 29, 2010

healthy songPicture this, you are passing by an operation theatre where the notes of a raga are wafting in the air. As the theatre door swings open, you see a smiling surgeon coming out after a strenuous surgery.


Don't think something is a miss!


It is the chill pill of music at work. No wonder, playing of music has become the 'in' thing in new age hospitals. It's becoming quite popular abroad for music to be played in operating rooms during surgery.


While some doctors believe that it relieves their tension and relaxes them for the surgery, studies have shown that this practice can also benefit the patient. Blood pressure which normally rises during a surgical procedure can be minimized by listening to music. Recovery time for patients also gets reduced. Stress has today become one of the major contributing factors for cardiovascular and other lifestyle diseases which are striking people at a very young age.


Life today is entangled with continuous stress and anxiety. People are juggling so many roles and have no time to unwind and release their stress. When we hear music our nerves get into a relaxing mode, everyday worries and concerns disappear and an inner journey begins. Researchers over the years have revealed that music has a profound effect on our bodies and psyche. It has been found that music can heal, relax a sore body, calm stressed muscles, improve athletic performance and even treat a troubled heart. A study conducted by the University of Pavia and Oxford found that the effect of slow rhythms and pauses could be helpful in preventing or treating heart disease and stroke.


Scientists studied breathing and circulation in 24 young men and women, before and while they listened to short excerpts of music. During the study, these men and women had their breathing rates, blood pressure and other heart and respiratory indexes monitored while they were listening to a variety of different types of music. The patients listened to: raga (Indian classical music), Beethoven's ninth symphony (slow classical), rap (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Vivaldi (fast classical), techno (fast electronic dance music) and Anton Webern (slow 12 tone music). It was found that music with faster tempo and more complex rhythms increases circulation in  volunteers whereas slower music has the opposite effect. The raga prompted the greatest fall in heart rate. Just as the human body requires food to nurture itself, similar way music nurtures our soul. Listen to music that you feel comfortable in. However, forcing yourself to listen to relaxation music that you don't like may create stress, not alleviate it.


With inputs from Dr. Atul Mathur (Escorts)


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