Live Music is Good for Your Health: Here’s Why

It’s easy to turn on the radio or put on an album when you want to listen to some tunes. But as many of us know, experiencing live music in its purest form, can’t be beaten.

Remember when you were a child and your mom would sing you lullabies before you went to bed? Or how about that time when you were feeling under the weather and sang your favorite song to cheer yourself up?

In many ways, we can think of music as a connector between your health, mental clarity, and mood. In this article, we’ll be discussing three incredible health benefits associated with live music.

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Feeling happy

Attending a live music concert can make you feel more connected to other people. The chances are that people who are attending the concert will be in the same state of mind. So, you’re likely to enjoy each other’s company through the performances.

Meaning that music encourages healthy, wholesome relationships through common themes, peace, and happiness.

If you own an instrument then you’re already aware of how much joy a couple of well-placed notes can bring to the soul. Whether you’re at a concert swaying to the groove of some saxophones or playing a personal melody, music will create an emotional and physical experience to be remembered.

Stress reduction

Music is an effective method of reducing stress levels. Live jazz music, for example, has been proven to lower blood pressure due to its dilating effect on the blood vessels.

The increase in the size of the blood vessels can be as much as 30%. If you don’t quite understand that number as a percentage in this scenario, the equivalent would be similar to a person losing 10 pounds. What’s even more shocking is that this is all done within minutes!

The next benefit should be very insightful and motivational to those with stressful lines of employment. But even if you’re only looking for some basic rest and relaxation, you can reap the rewards.

It has been shown that listening to relaxing music for prolonged periods of time can alter the brainwaves to the theta wavelength at 4-7 Hz. This frequency is often associated with deep healing and relaxation.

Pain relief

Listening to live music can even provide pain relief. Research has found that music can temporarily shift our focus from injuries and pain by stimulating different regions of the brain.

Concerts and other musical performances have a similar effect. The exciting environment at these shows encourages the release of endorphins. These essentially block pain signals. In this way, music is a temporary painkiller and a somewhat healthy addiction.

Regular live music performances

Here at Fairview Rehab & Nursing Home in Queens, NY, we take music and other recreation activities seriously. So seriously, in fact, that we make sure that varied and culturally diverse music is showcased in our nursing home. After all, we are a diverse group of people and our music should match that.

In addition, the live music we showcase ranges across genres from classical to folk music and everything in between.