Good morning family. We are on day two of our celebration of National Jazz Appreciation Month and guess what? We’re just getting started. We will learn many exciting things about jazz music and enjoy the delicious sounds of several phenomenal artists who have made outstanding contributions to this industry.
But first, I want to share some interesting points about how powerful music is and how it affects our physical bodies, acting as a medication with wonderful side-effects.
1. Did you know that listening to music can reduce chronic pain from a range of painful conditions, including osteoarthritis, disc problems and rheumatoid arthritis, by up to 21% and depression by up to 25%, according to a paper in the latest UK-based Journal of Advanced Nursing?
2. Did you know that Music Therapy is increasingly used in hospitals to reduce the need for medication during childbirth, to decrease postoperative pain and complement the use of anesthesia during surgery?
3. Did you know that by playing recordings of relaxing music every morning and evening, people with high blood pressure can train themselves to lower their blood pressure – and keep it low? According to research reported at the American Society of Hypertension meeting in New Orleans, listening to just 30 minutes of classical, Celtic or raga music every day may significantly reduce high blood pressure.
4. Did you know that a daily portion` of one’s favorite pop melodies, classical music or JAZZ can speed recovery from debilitating strokes, according to the latest research? When stroke patients in Finland listened to music for a couple of hours each day, verbal memory and attention span improved significantly compared to patients who received no musical stimulation, or who listened only to stories read out loud, the study reports.
5. And did you know that music can boost the immune function? Scientists explain that a particular type of music can create a positive and profound emotional experience, which leads to secretion of immune-boosting hormones. This helps contribute to a reduction in the factors responsible for illness. Listening to music or singing can also decrease levels of stress-related hormone cortisol. Higher levels of cortisol can lead to a decreased immune response.
Jazz (music) is not just good for the soul, it’s good for the body as well.
So, how are you feeling today? Have you had your dose of your favorite music, yet? If not, I’ll give you some. Here’s Wayman Tisdale (of Tulsa, OK) again playing SHAPE OF YOUR HEART. Just a little heart medication. . .