Music Is Healthy For Humans
the stress songwriters occasional feel when suffering through
the creative process, music is apparently good for human health.
Medical researchers experimenting with music as therapy are
now finding that music also may have the power to heal.
to medical research conducted recently at Beth Israel Medical
Center in New York, music therapy has been used successfully
to help stroke victims recover their use of speech.
Researchers found that some stoke victims who were unable
to speak were able to "sing" the same verbal content
using music, a result that might be explained by the fact
that music seems to be governed by one side of the brain and
speech by another.
have also used music to help relieve chronic pain. Studies
suggest that medication and music therapy together are more
effective in relieving pain than medication alone.
in recent experiments with patients of Alzheimer's disease,
researchers now believe music can be used to help patients
focus and communicate better.
"Music," as the philosopher Confucius wrote, "produces
the kind of pleasure human nature cannot do without."
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