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December 26, 2005

Music Massages The Heart

They say music soothes the savage breast. For heart patients with atrial fibrillation at the Carle Heart Center in Urbana, IL, music is present during operating room procedures.

The theory is based partly on work by Dr. Ary Goldberger of Harvard Medical School showing that varied rhythms created by healthy hearts are similar to note patterns in classical music.

Psychologist and harpist Sarajane Williams
uses the instrument to help patients deal with chronic pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia and other conditions.

Maureen Reilly, a nurse-anesthetist in San Antonio, Texas, says the harp's effect on the body can be partly explained by a physics principle called entrainment. This concept describes the influence of one oscillating system over another. Entrainment has become a buzzword in some New Age health circles, but the theory dates back to a 17th century Dutch physicist who found that pendulum clocks started ticking simultaneously when placed next to each other.

Posted by linda at December 26, 2005 9:40 AM

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