ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Music can have soothing qualities but a local hospital is putting its healing powers to the test.

For months, the Saint Louis University Cancer Center has been gauging the positive influence music can have on a patient’s recuperation and the center is seeing solid results.

For instance, music therapist Crystal Weaver says they have found that increasing tempo can have a measurable, physiological impact.

“Your heart, your pulse, your respirations, begin to match the speed of that music,” she explains. “You’ll become more relaxed and the veins in your body will actually open a little bit more.”

That, in turn, allows medications to do their job more effectively and promote healing.

An Ohio State study earlier this year found that for some patients, using headphones to listen to their favorite types of music could lower anxiety and reduce their need for sedatives.

“Music is very non-invasive so with other treatment you can have some adverse side effects or it can be detrimental or it’s a very invasive procedure,” Weaver said. “Music is none of those things.”

Complete findings from the SLU Cancer Center study will be made public next year.


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