Your Brain on Rock: Pt 2

11 Dec 2014

Music can have strong therapeutic effects.  It is often used in the treatment of depression, learning disabilities, brain injuries, migraines and pain management.  A thanatologist is a therapist that uses music for palliative care. 

The use of music for motivation has been known since ancient times.  The ancient Greeks used music to pump up soldiers for war.  Athletes use music to prepare them for competition, to exercise longer and harder and to provide a distraction from fatigue and pain.  Music can also be used for calming purposes.  The right music can reduce blood pressure and send the brain into a more restful state.



The key, apparently, is to match the tempo of the music (specifically the number of beats per minute) with the heart rate generated by the activity.  For example, if the desired heart rate for a jogger is 125 beats per minute, the most effective songs should have that same tempo.  For maximum relaxation, the music should have a temp equal to or less than a resting heart rate (>70 beats per minute).

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