Healing Power of Music
with Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, author of The
Sounds of Healing
We all know that listening to music can help us relax and feel
calm, but music may have even greater effects on our health.
We know, for instance, even babies that are born premature
that are in neonatal ICUs, that they gain weight faster and
they leave the intensive care unit sooner when they're sung
to every day.
Gaynor, author of the book The
Sounds of Healing, has used music and sound in his own medical
practice, and says studies have shown that music has an effect
even on people with very serious illness.
people with Parkinson's Disease, they've improved dramatically
with music and tone. People that are recovering from cardiac
bypass surgery have been found to have fewer complications,
lower blood pressure, and less abnormal heart rhythms after
having heart surgery when music is incorporated into the post-operative
period. When somebody has just general surgery, it's been found
that they need about 43% less anesthesia and less pain medication
if they're allowed to listen to music during surgery and immediately
And as you
might imagine, music can have a first aid effect on us when
we're stressed out.
found that listening to any music that you find pleasant-and it
can be from jazz to new age to chants to classical music-lowers
their response to stressful situations.
I'm Mike Carruthers and that's "Something You Should Know".