The Score Magazine June 2017 issue - Page 25

SOUVIK CHAKRABORT Y Healing on a Good Note! The first music that a human listens to is the heartbeat and body rhythms of the mother from inside the womb. On the contrary, cacophonies of our days give way to more stress, than our collective workloads in all. We have gone through the rustles and bustles of too many odd tunes that hurt the eardrums. Imagine the aura of judiciously using this affect to the boon of mankind. In fact, music can be used as a great medicine for the mind, soul and body. International medical councils and research laboratories have found out a ton of information on the benevolence of music. Music helps greatly in ailing and boosting up autonomic nervous systems of the human body. A good track could largely increase your blood flow and make your cell regeneration faster and lift your soul to almost a state of the elixir of life. The well being of the physical and mental health is ensured by the release of the dopamines and other pleasure hormones which gives a way to relieve one of his psychological stress and anxieties too. A research was conducted in Austria which incorporated a control group of patients and the other group was given a visual and music therapy only and that resulted in a remarkable relief in back pain and lower body discomforts in a series of patients. This is largely because when somebody listens to music, the relaxed breathing system facilitates a transpiring experience that leads to a flushed out system from toxins and viruses. The human brain picks up memory and music on almost two simultaneously placed sectors of the brain. This grossly means that the brain interprets the music better rather than the words. Thus, the people with amnesia can largely be treated with music therapy alone. Patients in a research were found to be doing better with taped music rather than the control group who had only been exposed to normal conditions without music. Music releases endorphins like many other triggers in our brains that create a chemical warfare between the yin and the yang within our system. A professor in Virginia found out that the cyclists who had listened to music while cycling on road have covered 11 per cent more than the ones which did not get to listen to any music. The human brain thrives on repetitive wave forms and thus the addiction to music has come such a long way in the history of civilization of mankind. Humans have learnt to lull young babies going to sleep or stare away wild animals around a bonfire all through music. The fetishistic clinging to the right kind of music has left many nationalistic leaders to use anthems and ritualistic patriotic tunes to instill the passion for fighting for the country in the hearts of the countrymen. The long term relationship of music with the striatal dopaminergic system has led to many theorems of facts and fictions. But, the truth is that our mind needs an embalming melody and that rhythm could be classical, rock, pop or whatever the mind is hungry for. Studies have found that a group consisting of different age groups has been reacting same, with an increased level of efficiency after a session of classical house music. The same could be true for a household listening to a different genre too. The neurosciences of music is so fascinating that music can practically alter our rates for memory, attention, movement and our autonomous nervous system in general. So, that means one can practically sedate and live up to the brimming life with just by the virtues of his musical taste. But, if music was such a big surprise for the medical sciences; why was it not cultivated to the level and scale that it should have been. Is music a placebo, then? But, then how could so many researches lie all at the same time. How could you de stress at an EDM concert after a long week at work? There is something happening some where deep inside our core. And, that spiritual experience is the purity that our life searches in all things float in the thin air, perhaps, it may be just coincidence that we call it "music". Thus, Nietzsche had rightly pointed out long back - "Without music, life would be a mistakeā€ The Score Magazine 23