There are many benefits to listening to music. Studies abound with positive results seen when music is involved. There have been studies showing a fetus responds favorably to music, plants grow better when exposed to music, and shelter animals are less stressed and more adoptable with music playing. Students get better grades when exposed to classical music while studying and in other studies it was revealed that patients have better results when they are exposed to music while having surgery.
In a study involving 291 patients having eye surgery at St. Francis Medical Center – Liliha, patients did extremely well when exposed not only to music, but live music. The music lowered blood pressure, heart and respiratory rates before sedation or pain medication was administered. According to the paper submitted to the Medscape Journal of Medicine, Dr. Jorge Camara, both an ophthalmologist and classically trained pianist, played music for patients before they underwent surgery in an attempt to study if music would be beneficial for surgery patients.
“This sentinel paper validates the growing evidence that listening to relaxing music has profound beneficial effects on the physiologic functions of the human body,” said Camara, director of ophthalmology in the Department of Surgery, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.
In another study in Ireland, an orchestra played at a teaching hospital, The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin, to see if live music would be beneficial to both patients and staff. Again the results were convincing. The study’s summary stated: “Live music in hospital was found to enhance the quality of the aesthetic environment of the hospital, with both patients and staff stating that listening to live music helped them to relax, feel happier and more positive. Patients' perception of the hospital was affected positively by live music in waiting areas. Music was found to have strong emotional effect and the individual preferences and experiences of patients need to be carefully taken into account when programming music in hospital.”
In practically every single medical profession, music is used as a therapeutic treatment. Unfortunately it isn’t as fully embraced, though it is inexpensive to introduce to therapy programs. There have been extensive studies showing that music therapy can make a difference in treating epilepsy, heart disease, stroke, speech, brain injury, mood disorders, and is especially beneficial when the patient is a child. Pets undergoing treatments and recovering from illness have been shown to heal faster and have fewer complications when exposed to soft music selections. Senior pets are being treated to music therapy to help with pain management when dealing with cancer or arthritis.
For music lovers, this information comes as no surprise for people often use music as a self- treatment for depression, stress, and other daily conditions without even realizing. They reach for their favorite piece of music and find that it helps them through a tough moment. They play soft music for their pets to help them deal with stress while left alone at home. People have their own special artists, genre, or specific song that makes everything better when it plays on repeat a few times.
It has also been shown in studies to be beneficial to listen to music while eating. It helps with digestion and slows eating habits allowing a person to know they are full and prevents overeating. Listening to music can also help a person fall asleep faster and exercise longer.