Fa-la-la Your Way to Better Health: Exploring the Benefits of Singing

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‘Tis the season for all things musical! For all of you Christmas music lovers out there, we have some great news for you! Singing can actually be beneficial to your mental and physical health. So, get ready to sing along to all your favorite holiday songs and add joy to your world through singing! Greater Life Chiropractic has plenty of reasons for you to do so!

Benefits of Singing

Several studies have shown that singing offers benefits to your mind and body, whether you’re singing alone in the shower or in a chorus with some friends. Dr. Grant Lisetor and his team have put together a list of surprising benefits of singing you may not be aware of!

Reduces Stress

Singing is a great way to combat stress. Studies have found that stress hormones in the body are considerably lower after singing, and participants also felt more relaxed and saw a reduction in anxiety levels after singing. Another study documented that choral singing is a great way to improve wellbeing. Singing requires deep breathing, so when the oxygen in your blood is increased through singing, this can make a big difference in your mood.

Improves Breathing

Since deep breathing exercises and using the muscles that support your respiratory system help increase your lung function, it makes perfect sense that singing can improve breathing. Studies have shown singing to be especially beneficial to those with asthma and other breathing issues, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. Although singing won’t cure lung diseases, it can certainly help improve the symptoms. 

Improves Immune Health

Singing can boost your immune system, which may help you fight off illnesses. One study showed those who sang along with music rather than simply listening had higher levels of immunoglobulin A, which is an antibody that fights off infections. So next time one of your favorite songs is playing, don’t just listen, sing along!

Higher Pain Threshold

Since singing reduces the stress hormones in your body and releases feel-good endorphins instead, singing can help change how your body reacts to pain. So if you suffer from chronic pain, start singing. Singing not only helps with physical pain but emotional as well. Research has shown that individuals who sang in a choir had reduced depression at the end of a 12-week study.

As you see, research has proven singing to be great for you since it helps with stress, your immune system, breathing, and many other health benefits. It doesn’t matter if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket or are a professional vocalist; the good news is that the health benefits are the same for everyone! So, go ahead and sing along to your favorite Christmas carols. Sing your way to a healthier you, both physically and emotionally!

Visiting your Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor is another great way to improve your health and wellbeing. Dr. Grant Lisetor at Greater Life Chiropractic can assist you on your journey to improve your mental and physical health. Contact us today to discuss how you can receive the benefits of chiropractic care.

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Kreutz, Gunter et al. “Effects of choir singing or listening on secretory immunoglobulin A, cortisol, and emotional state.” Journal of behavioral medicine vol. 27,6 (2004): 623-35. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15669447/

Moss, Hilary et al. “Exploring the perceived health benefits of singing in a choir: an international cross-sectional mixed-methods study.” Perspectives in public health vol. 138,3 (2018): 160-168. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29137545/

Panigrahi, Atman et al. “Role of music in the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): a literature review.” Technology and health care : official journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine vol. 22,1 (2014): 53-61. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24398814/

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