Does Music Help Your Health?–Open- Loop
How does music help your health is a question that people suffering from daily pain would love to have an answer for. After all, it’s not fun to become a recluse and be unhappy because you can’t keep up with your family’s life style. It’s natural then to wonder what you can do to alleviate your pain: how will listening to your favorite music really help your health?
The Limbic System—I Feel Your Pain
Music,according to the latest research, works on the autonomic nervous system.
The part of the nervous system responsible for controlling our blood pressure, heart beat and brain function; also on the limbic system—the part of brain that controls feelings and emotions. So, it wouldn’t surprise you to learn that listening to music on a regular basis will help your body relax. Hundreds of muscles on your back become less tense and thus lessen the pain.
Understanding The Closed and Open Loop—The Answer
I want you to indulge me for a moment and think about the circulatory system.
The system is a vast network of organs and vessels that is responsible for the flow of blood, nutrients, oxygen to and from cell. It should be obvious that someone’s circulatory has no impact on your own system. It can be considered a closed-loop system, and is self-regulated. (for more information read Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman) What you say to someone has no impact on how his or her circulatory system works.
The Open- Loop System—Survival
The limbic system is an open system that as Daniel Goleman says, “ Depends a lot on external sources to manage itself.” He points out that the limbic system, for example, allows a mother to soothe her crying infant. Also, research in intensive care units, Goleman points out, has shown that the comforting presence of another person can lower the patient’s blood pressure. In short, the limbic system has assured our survival by enabling us to be receptive to one another’s needs.
Music and The Limbic System—Healthy Tunes
Once you understand that the limbic system is open and can be impacted by outside forces, then it’s a lot easier to understand how music helps your health. For example, when slow rhythms are played, our blood pressure and heartbeat slow down which—you guessed it—helps us breathe more slowly. Why is this important? Well, this reduces muscle tension in our neck, shoulders, stomach and back.
Happy and Healthy Tunes to You!
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