Your Brain On Music Therapy
Can you change the physical make-up of your brain using musical therapy? Here we explore the many benefits of musical therapy on your brain.
Music therapy has been shown to have real, physical effects on the brain and it’s different functions.
“Brain scans show that the brains of professional musicians are different from the rest - their brains are noticeably more symmetrical. Areas of the brain responsible for motor control, auditory processing, and spatial coordination are larger. They also have a larger corpus callosum. This is the band of nerve fibres that enables the two hemispheres of the brain to communicate with each other.” - Roxanne, Live Love Life Music Therapy
One of the many ways music enhances brain function is to stimulate the formation of certain brain chemicals, namely the neurotransmitter dopamine.
Dopamine is the “motivation molecule” of the brain, and is an integral part of the pleasure-reward system. This is the same brain chemical responsible for the feel-good states obtained from eating chocolate, orgasm, and runner’s high.
Ever experienced the "runner's high"? Similar effects can be seen by using music!
Playing or listening to music with others also stimulates the creation of the hormone oxytocin, which helps us bond with and trust other people. There’s even evidence that the oxytocin increase experienced by music lovers contributes to them being more generous and trustworthy.
Listening to music with a friend increases its positive effects!
Children with musical training have been shown to do better in subjects like reading, math, and languages, and have better fine motor skills. In fact, when exposure to music training begins before age seven, the brain enhancement that takes place can last a lifetime.
The early introduction of music lessons also encourages brain plasticity, which is the brain’s ability to change and grow. Just a half-hour of music lessons increases blood flow through the left hemisphere of the brain.
Seniors can also see massive benefits: seniors who play an instrument, sing, or dance reap additional physical psychological, and social benefits. Music can also protect against memory problems and cognitive decline.
Music therapy can protect against cognitive decline.
Roxanne and her team have the experience and qualifications to help you or someone you love discover the power of music therapy.
Visit their website HERE for more information, or contact Roxanne at firstname.lastname@example.org.