Fetuses develop the auditory system by week 25 and respond to music by week 28. Newborns can remember music heard in the womb, and they seem to have better motor and cognitive skills, faster language development, longer attention spans, better sleep, and fewer instances of colic. Play music or sing to your unborn baby, but don't experiment with loud or unusual sounds or noise. It could affect the baby’s health.
Loud noises during pregnancy can have a trail of negative impacts on the developing fetus. Constant exposure to noise above 120 decibels may cause hearing loss in the babies. Sudden loud noises can startle the baby leading to increased activity. Harsh noises also cause fetal abnormalities, reduced birth weight, preterm delivery, and can change the structure of the fetal brain.
With the current lifestyle, it is necessary to beat stress and keep our mind and body relaxed to feel motivated and happy. Practicing yoga and breathing exercises calms the body and mind. Listening to your favorite music and keeping a diary are simple ways that help relax your mind. Taking different kinds of body baths – neutral baths, warm water baths, and cold spinal baths – and going for a massage help relax your body.
Living with dementia is difficult – and so is seeing your loved ones suffering from it. But researchers are finding new ways to make life a little easier for those with dementia, and it can be as simple as pressing play on your favorite tune. Music therapy improves cognition, reduces stress, and makes life in general a lot more enjoyable.
Music therapy is a clinical intervention by a trained professional that can support the emotional, psychological, cognitive, social, and communicative needs of people. It especially works for children because it’s non-threatening and playful, promotes trust, and doesn’t need verbal skills. In the brain, music can bypass the parts involved in planning and language and go right to the limbic system which is associated with emotions. It is also thought to stimulate the functioning of the right-brain which is involved with feelings, particularly sadness. Music therapy can help children manage difficult emotions, communicate better, and improve behavioral and social problems.
With over 5 million children struggling with some form of learning disability and countless others living with autism spectrum disorders that impact their social skills, there is a need to look beyond medication. Music therapy shows promise, with studies revealing its ability to heal and support skill building in children and teens with developmental disorders. If you’ve dismissed it as much ado about nothing, here’s why it is worth a second look.
Music not only to the ears but to the brain as well? Music activates multiple regions of the brain responsible for memory, emotion, and even auditory, motor, and visual skills. A few good numbers can work wonders to relieve chronic pain (in cancer patients too), restore movement in stroke patients, calm autistic children, uplift the depressed, and stabilize blood pressure in coronary patients.
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