Music is power in lyrical form. It has been known to lead men into battle, sell products and lull babies to sleep. Present at all of our major milestones — from high school graduations to weddings and funerals — music is the soundtrack of our lives.
Best of all, however, notes Dr. Smith, are the wealth of studies singing the praises of music’s positive effect on health and well-being.
In 550 B.C., Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras developed theories involving the use of music in healing (Integr Physiol Behav Sci 2000;35:199-207). Centuries later, researchers continue to build on those concepts.
Dr. Smith supports music as part of the chiropractic lifestyle: a way of life that focuses on preventing illness and disease by maximizing optimal wellness.
The following are just a few ideas to incorporate music into your life.
- Hold a family sing-a-long once a week.
- Learn to play a musical instrument.
- Take advantage of community concerts.
- Attend local high school and college musicals.
- Preform volunteer concerts at retirement communities.
- If you have a piano, call your local university’s music department and ask if any students need additional practice time (on-campus music rooms are often over-booked).