Boston, MA (PRWEB) November 01, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study from the Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London, which reveals the power of music to heal the mind. Researchers attempted to figure out exactly what mechanisms may be responsible for music’s healing effects by conducting a large-scale review of the effects of music therapy in the treatment of dementia.(SOURCE: McDermott O et al., "Music therapy in dementia: a narrative synthesis systematic review," Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. October 18, 2012.)
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/brain-function-articles/this-solution-to-dementias-music-to-your-ears), the researchers conducted a review of available clinical trials. They were very critical in their choice of studies to examine, and each one was rated on various measures. The researchers found 263 potentially relevant studies, but only 18 studies met the full inclusion criteria.
As noted in the article “This Solution to Dementia’s Music to Your Ears,” the musical interventions in the studies were diverse, but singing stood out as particularly important in the treatment of dementia.
According to the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, researchers concluded that evidence for short-term improvement in mood, along with a reduction in behavioral problems, was consistent in a number of the studies. However, none of the studies explored the long-term benefits of music therapy.
The article notes that singing is unique in that it has potential benefits for the mind, body, and soul. It exercises the brain, helping to stave off cognitive decline and disease; it boosts social connections and builds community; and it helps to pump oxygen into the body. This is because, to sing properly, the muscles of the diaphragm need to expand and fill up with an extra supply of air. Singing can also be a great stress buster, notes Doctors Health Press, as it involves participation on an emotional level.
(SOURCE: McDermott, O. et al., “Music therapy in dementia: a narrative synthesis systematic review,” Int. J. Geriatr. Psychiatry, October 18, 2012.)
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