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Any research on the benefits of music on the injured brain?

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Unread 12-11-2012, 11:45 PM   #1
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Default Any research on the benefits of music on the injured brain?

A friend of mine recently told me that "upbeat music" has a positive effect on the brain. I'm waiting to hear back from him for the article that discusses this subject.

I've done my own research and this is what I've found thus far:

http://dana.org/news/cerebrum/detail.aspx?id=26122

I felt like crap today and could barely function. I noticed after listening to some music that I know by heart...I felt better.

Any research that shows cold hard evidence of improvements in brain functioning from music therapy?
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What happened: I was randomly assaulted from behind in June of 2011. I was knocked unconscious for an unknown amount of time (less than 30 minutes) and have no memory of the event. CT scan showed contusion and hematoma of the left frontal lobe. I spent 3 days in the hospital. Diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome in September 2011. Currently have Medicaid and SSI.

Current symptoms: Brain fog, anxiety, panic attacks, memory issues, confusion, problems with spontaneity, sensitive to loud noises, trouble thinking, problems with producing speech, spacing out, word finding difficulties, tinnitus in both ears, random tingling in different parts of my head and many other things that I can't explain. I'm very easily overloaded which makes it nearly impossible to watch TV or use the computer.

Slowly but surely regaining my life back.
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Music therapy has been study in many different situations. It is beneficial. If you have found a music that allows you to relax and stay focused, it is probably good. The right music causes just enough brain stimulation to enhance blood flow without raising blood pressure. There is a big difference between upbeat and overly stimulating music. Only you can tell what works for you.

There is music that can stimulate dopamine production (euphoria) without stimulating blood pressure increases from adrenal over-stimulation. Think of the after-glow from sex. Music that allows you to float like that is very good. If you are not getting the first, be sure to get the music like the second.

A good time with Caleb flashing big smiles and laughter with you laughing along is also very good. I sometimes will replay a TV commercial with one of the fabulous smiles just for the brief pleasure. Emily Caillon of Olay Regenerist is one of my favorites. There are some good ones of those gorgeous child faces mugging for the camera too.

Puppies and young animals can elicit the same response. Think of a beautiful sunset or sunrise. Learn to enjoy these simple pleasures. They can greatly enhance you life. This is much different than browsing adult magazines.

I like to savor a good piece of dark chocolate. I nibble tiny bites and let them dissolve on my tongue. I savored some bites of a cherry topped cream cheese pie tonight at Brain Injury Support Group Christmas dinner. Oooooh

Fremont Street experience is way over the top. It is not a simple pleasure. Think of napping with Caleb napping next to you and hearing and smelling his breathing. Not quite like an infant but still good.

Enjoy.

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59 years old, retired due to disability, married 34 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate/short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual/auditory processing difficulties, insomnia, absence seizures, OCD, 14 concussions since first concussion at 8 years old, Taking paroxetine for 14 years and gabapentin for 12 years. Added L-Tryptophan and stopped paroxetine after 3 months of tapering. I currently take 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan AM, 500 mgs noon, and 500 mgs PM.


As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, docs put me on 3 meds. Clonazepam but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc presc. .25 mgs 2x daily but half a tablet is good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic that usually causes weight gain before bed. I lost over 30 pounds since mid July. It just stopped the weight loss. Took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.

This great feeling only lasted a month. Back to the same old PCS doldrums.

May 2014, I am off the olanzapine due to a 6 fold price increase. Back on 600 mgs of gabapentin before bed.

I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation


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Mmmm...that sounds delicious lol.

What about warm apple pie, topped with vanilla ice cream? Nothing can beat that in my book.

Thank you for the detailed explanation of how music effects the brain, as well as the info about dopamine production. Caleb is definitely a positive mood changer for me. He doesnt have any friends to play with....so, I will pretend to be a kid and we'll play together with trucks and wrestle around the house. He loves to hear the sounds of an ambulance passing by. He will mock the sound of it and that always make me smile.

Children are definitely a wonderful therapy and natural anti-depressant.

I definitely overloaded myself with music last night. I enjoyed listening to my old songs and singing along, however, my brother and sister stopped by while I was jamming and it forced me to use my divided attention (huge struggle for me). I suddenly went from happy and alert to SPACED OUT. I might have also over exerted myself with the songs that were listened to. Woke up with a "hang over" type feeling and paired with communication troubles.

Well, Im off to making breakfast for Caleb and I.

Catch you later.

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What happened: I was randomly assaulted from behind in June of 2011. I was knocked unconscious for an unknown amount of time (less than 30 minutes) and have no memory of the event. CT scan showed contusion and hematoma of the left frontal lobe. I spent 3 days in the hospital. Diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome in September 2011. Currently have Medicaid and SSI.

Current symptoms: Brain fog, anxiety, panic attacks, memory issues, confusion, problems with spontaneity, sensitive to loud noises, trouble thinking, problems with producing speech, spacing out, word finding difficulties, tinnitus in both ears, random tingling in different parts of my head and many other things that I can't explain. I'm very easily overloaded which makes it nearly impossible to watch TV or use the computer.

Slowly but surely regaining my life back.
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Heavy rock music has always worked for me and i was just thinking about this today. It helps me concentrate/focus better, and sometimes I focus the music right out, to the point I don't remember listening to my favorite songs, over and over. Thanks for this thread.
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