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How playing in a brass band could give your health a boost

How playing in a brass band could give your health a boost

A large number of recent studies have shown that listening to music can help improve a person’s cognitive and physical health, as well as increase their resilience to stress.

According to research Medical News Today has covered of late, this passive endeavor may protect cardiovascular health from daily stressors and reduce anxiety before a surgical procedure. It may also boost the effectiveness of pain medication and even help people with Alzheimer’s manage their symptoms.

But what about making music? Does this have any effect on a person’s health and well-being, and if so, then what is it?

According to a new study from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, individuals who play in a brass band, at least, can reap a lot of benefits from their musical activity.

The research — whose findings appear in Frontiers in Psychology: Performance Science — comes from self-reports that 346 adults who played in brass bands submitted via detailed surveys.

In the surveys, the investigators asked participants to answer questions on how they perceived their own physical and psychological health, as well as their social, emotional, and spiritual well-being since they had joined a brass band.

To analyze the responses, the team used a specialized statistical approach in combination with a qualitative method called “applied thematic analysis.”

Read more on the research from the United Kingdom that suggests people who play in a brass band experience a wide array of mental and physical health benefits on the Medical News Today website  HERE