Can Music Heal You?

By Stephanie Thompson

I’ve spent a good many years reading different resources on the healing power of music and giving talks about what I’ve learned from those resources. As cited on , singing improves our overall mental health because it releases endorphins and increases our mental alertness, by sending more oxygen to the brain, affecting our concentration and memory.

The power of music to heal doesn’t stop there. One recent study observed a group of people who sang while the other group listened to music. The group that listened to music was calmer, but the singing group had higher levels of Immunoglobulin A, an antibody that fights infection. An article in Healthline 1 also stated that singing has a positive effect on stress, lowering the cortisol levels in the body.

Practicing What I Preach

The Thompson family, of which I’m a prominent member, has a history of trick backs. Mine is no exception. During a recent doctor visit, I was prescribed a shot and two prescriptions, one for Ibuprofen and the other a muscle relaxant.

The shot initially helped a lot. I took the Ibuprofen every eight hours for eight days, but after those eight days, my back pain returned. I was out of the Ibuprofen prescription and I could only take the muscle relaxer at night because it made me drowsy.

At first, I took some Advil and suffered, but by the next day, I knew there was no way I could live with the pain. After a rough night of persistent back pain and nothing helping, I couldn’t wait this out. I had to do something.

What came to mind were all those resources I’d read and the talks I’d been giving about the healing power of music. It was time to practice what I preached.

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