Research shows that sounds can influence the production of serotonin and endorphin, the so-called hormones of happiness; psychologist explains the benefits of the action for hospitalized people
For a few minutes, the ICU of the Municipal Hospital of M’Boi mirim, in Sao Paulo, exchanged the usual hospital sound for songs and songs. The idea came from medical clinic resident Brunna Falluh. In contact with music since she was a little girl, Brunna wanted to lighten the mood among her colleagues and give some comfort to the patients of Covid-19 on the unit. “I wanted to honor my team at that moment, which has come from such difficult days and also to represent the families of our patients who are hospitalized. I wanted to bring that line of hope to them. ”
Research shows that the sound of music is able to influence the production of serotonin and endorphin, the so-called hormones of happiness. Psychologist Alexandre Bez says that actions like this give more encouragement to patients. “Covid-19’s diagnosis is a very complicated one that leads to a feeling of desperation and deep panic. This interaction will be very positive because it will encourage the patient. Covid-19 tears the psychiatric tract of the human mind ”, he explains. Resident Brunna Falluh said that the patients were moved and even presented improvement in health status. “Some cried, expressed tears, sang. We had the experience of a patient that the oxygen in his blood went up, it was a very special moment ”, he said.
According to the coordinator of the Music therapy from FMU, Ana Maria Caramujo Campos, music does not come only through the ears: the melodies are heard with the body. The teacher explains that the sounds even benefit sedated patients. “You will work on another aspect, but you will be reaching it in the same way, because the brain is receiving all this activation. Especially through the limbic system, which is very archaic, which is linked to emotions, so it crosses the area of verbal memory and goes directly to emotions, ”he said. The specialist defended the presence of music therapy in Brazilian hospital units, and wished for more initiatives such as Brunna’s. “I’m here thanking you for not giving up, that you never give up,” said the resident to the patients at the time.
* With information from reporter Nanny Cox