Using Music To Get A Better Brain, by Phil Maffetone


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Using Music To Get A Better Brain, by Phil Maffetone

  1. 1. Music and Wellness Dr. Philip Maffetone
  2. 2. The Origin of Wellness Humans:hunter gatherer musicians
  3. 3. Music can stimulate all areas of the brain
  4. 4. Human Songs: Sexual selection(all songs are love songs) CommunicationEvolution of society
  5. 5. Human songspreceded language by millions of years
  6. 6. Music helps stimulate brain development
  7. 7. Life
  8. 8. High Cortisol:Fatigue, excess fat storage, blood sugarproblems, heart distress, low immunity, muscle imbalance, overtraining, poor sleep, and reduced brain function.
  9. 9. Life
  10. 10. A Biofeedback Brain A key role in human survival.Safety, shelter, clothing, footwear.
  11. 11. Biofeedback BackgroundThe term biofeedback was coined in the 1960s by scientists who trained human subjects to consciously alter their brain and body function.
  12. 12. Biofeedback Today Wellness Assessment & Therapy:Taking temperature with a thermometer. Heart rate monitoring during exercise. Pain control, stress management, helping gut function, blood pressure control, Kegal exercises (pelvic floor muscles).
  13. 13. Sound: Brain Gives and Receives
  14. 14. BRAIN INPUT1. Sound waves (vibration)  ears  auditory cortex2. Vibration  skin  thalamus
  15. 15. BRAIN OUTPUT
  16. 16. Specific brain wavesassociated with different states of consciousness
  17. 17. Brain WavesFour commonly measured waves:1.beta waves Full awareness/high cortical activity. A busy brain (business meeting, planning a trip, multi-tasking).1.alpha waves Relaxed alertness and high creativity (meditation, listening to music, eyes closed). Self-regulation of stress and expanded state of consciousness.
  18. 18. Brain Waves3. theta waves Awake but dreamy state (common just before the onset of sleep). Most prevalent in youth but occurs during deep creativity and meditation in adults.4. delta waves Most stages of sleep. Abnormal while awake (reduced glucose, oxygen or other nutrients, medication side-effects, poorly functioning neurons).
  19. 19. Increased alpha Waves• Generally associated with an overall healthy brain (relaxed, creative, meditative, happy).• Reduce high levels of cortisol.• Balance the autonomic system.• Reduce pain.• Improve memory, learning, comprehension, blood sugar, gut function, hormone balance, and other factors.
  20. 20. alpha Waves• Can correct muscle imbalance– The combination of abnormal muscle inhibition and facilitation.– Causes of many physical impairments.
  21. 21. alpha Waves• The inability to produce alpha waves is abnormal. – Often due to inadequate sleep, nutritional imbalance and very high levels of stress (cortisol). – Dysfunction in TMJ muscles, all neck flexors, upper trapezius.
  22. 22. Traditional Neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback)• Can help change the characteristics of brain waves for better brain function.• Used in many types of patients: traumatic injury, attention deficit, alcoholism, anxiety and depression, seizures, sleep disorders, metabolic problems, and for performance enhancement.
  23. 23. Brain wave assessment (brain map) with a 20-lead quantitative EEG (QEEG)
  24. 24. Normal alpha waves: eyes closed
  25. 25. alpha waves response to different parts of a musical piece: The “Gallo Affect”
  26. 26. Manual Biofeedback• Combines many of the benefits of EMG- and EEG-type biofeedback.• A hands-on therapy that does not require the use of computers, electrodes and other technology.
  27. 27. Respiratory Biofeedback: The 5-Minute Power Break1. Relaxed position–lying/slightly reclined ( alpha).2. Hands/arms relaxed on abdomen (EMG-type bio- feedback effect on diaphragm and abdominals).3. Eyes closed ( alpha).4. Listen to enjoyable music (headphones help keep out distracting noise,  alpha).5. Breath easy and deep–most people can slowly inhale 5 to 7 seconds, and exhale the same ( alpha).
  28. 28. The 5-Minute Power Break– Perform for about five minutes once or twice daily.– Avoid getting sleepy (delta waves). This may indicate a sleep disorder (such as sleep apnea).
  29. 29. Music Matters– Make it part of each day.– Listen to enjoyable music.– Watch music-related movies or videos.– Dance.– Play music.– Music during your workout?
  30. 30. The Most ImportantWellness RecommendationIf we’re not busy being born we’re busy dying (Paraphrase, Bob Dylan, 1964)
  31. 31. Music & Wellness TourManual Biofeedback DVD & Workbook