If the sound of a favorite song fills you with glee, you are right -- music can help you heal, make you happy and get you going. In the Cleveland Clinic (Dr. Mike's home base) and New York-Presbyterian (Dr. Oz's), patients enjoy live music to help with recovery and reduce pain. Music even can help fight off a cold or aid in cancer treatment.
Want to tune up your musical, magical healing powers? We YOU Doc can show you five ways that music can boost your health and improve your outlook:
"Feelin' No Pain" (Josh Rouse): Great sounds distract you from the pain of arthritis, an injury or post-surgery. Voila! You feel better. It's particularly helpful if you're also anxious -- and who wouldn't be with chronic pain?
"Bye Bye Blues" (Louis Armstrong): Feel more upbeat, ease depression and burnout; music stimulates release of mood-enhancing brain chemicals like the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin.
"I Care 4 You" (Aaliyah): If you're caring for someone with Alzheimer's, bring some tunes; it can help decrease anxiety and depression that often accompany the condition.
"Fixing a Broken Heart" (Azn Dreamers): Recuperating from heart surgery? Tunes may ease anxiety and help reduce blood pressure, lower heart and breathing rate, and ease pain.
"Get Up and Go" (The Go-Go's): Don't have the motivation to work out? Harness the benefits of upbeat music for your heart, bones, brain and more. You'll go further, with more intensity and less discomfort.
Just "Listen to the Music" (Doobie Brothers), and you'll get stronger faster!