Researchers from the University of Iowa in the United States found that singing can reduce the stress and the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. According to scientists, the benefits of music therapy are similar to taking medication. They measured cortisol levels, heart rate and blood pressure of 17 participants in the therapy group of chanting.
Participants also reported about feelings of anxiety, sadness, happiness, and anger. Before and after one-hour singing, data was collected. According to the Hindustan Times report, Elizabeth Stegemoller, assistant professor at Iowa State University, allegedly said she saw improvements every week when attendees leave the singing group. They almost seemed to have a little pep at their own pace. The researchers knew they felt better and that their mood was heightened. As is the case with Stegemoller, some of the symptoms that have improved, such as fingertips and stroke, are not always easy to respond to medications, but they are improving with chanting.
This is one of the first studies to determine how singing affects the number of heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol in Parkinson's patients. All three levels were reduced, but the measures did not achieve statistical significance, according to Stegemoller. There were no significant differences in happiness or anger after class. However, the participants were less anxious and sad.
To improve the respiratory control and muscle used to swallow people with Parkinson's disease, research is based on the team's previous findings that singing is an effective treatment.
According to researchers, the improvement of motor symptoms, stress and the quality of life of people with Parkinson's disease therapy potentials is to provide an accessible and accessible treatment option.
Posted: November 9, 2018 3:10 AM