Harp music might help people who have heart trouble. The rhythms can cause hearts to beat more normally.
Heart Rhythms Similar to Music Rhythms
Illinois researchers are testing these healing properties of music, using theories based, in part, on the fascinating work of Harvard researchers that showed how the rhythms of healthy hearts may be similar to those found in classical music.
One patient the theories were tested on was an 83-year-old woman with atrial fibrillation -- a fast, irregular heartbeat. The symptoms can include palpitations and fatigue to the point of sudden collapse.
Heartbeat NormalizedWhile she lay sedated, a musician played an Irish harp just a few feet away. The patient's heart rate slowed down and the beats maintained a regular pace while the music was playing, and for minutes afterward.
You know how sound -- as stressful and unpleasant as it may be -- can also provide relaxation and healing.
Even sounds that are largely inaudible to the human ear, such as the infrasound released from some church organ pipes, can cause changes in humans. According to a recent study, infrasound from church organs instilled feelings of extreme sorrow, coldness, anxiety and even shivers down the spine among churchgoers.
Researchers say the infrasound may explain why some people experience feelings of spirituality while at church.
Nature sounds such as birds, rainstorms, frogs or ocean waves, and various types of music, such as classical, are often used as a stress-relief tool. The sounds have a calming effect and can help patients to relax while undergoing medical procedures.
Natural sounds and music have also been found to ease pain and reduce stress and anxiety while acting as mood enhancers.
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Just more evidence, some of the simplest things in the world can benefit your health in profound ways, even if you aren't a fan of classical music.