Have you ever listened to music to improve your mood or step-up your exercise program? Has Mozart soothed your crying baby? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be aware on a deeper level that music is good for your soul. Now consider that your body reacts to music in ways that are also good for your health.
Science is proving the connections we’ve known intuitively existed between music and well-being, and Sentara neurologist Kamal Chémali, M.D. is at the forefront of experts using music in medicine. In Hampton Roads, he partners with Sentara certified music therapist to work directly with his patients.
“Our patients are impressed with the progress they make during Music Therapy. We’ve used Music Therapy to help patients who have had strokes make significant recovery. Music helps them increase walking speed, stride length, speaking ability, and decision-making skills,” says certified music therapist, Tracy Bowdish.
“It’s so rewarding to turn the rhythm, melody, and harmony in music into tools to improve people’s lives,” she continues.
Dr. Chémali, founder of the Sentara Music and Medicine Center in Norfolk, Va, and music therapist Tracy Bowdish have recently contributed to the Spring 2013 edition of the Steinway Chronicle which details countless ways music can improve our lives.