Jazz music: A way to reduce anxiety before surgery

Listening to music has been proven to boost one’s mood, health, and overall well-being. While music helps improve sleep quality and exercises the brain which contributes to better memory and mental vitality, medical practitioners also identified it as an instrument for reducing anxiety and depression.


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Studies show that people tend to be emotionally stressed on the thought of going through a surgical procedure. Medical experts have capitalized on music, particularly jazz and classical music, to decrease the anxiety of patients who need to go under the knife. Based on findings, such kind of sound has helped normalize heart rate of patients who underwent eye surgery and hysterectomy (removal of all or part of the uterus). The standard tempo of jazz music, in particular, helps in soothing a patient’s mind and body.

Although the benefits of listening particularly to jazz cannot be linked to decreasing the feeling of pain during post-surgical operations, music tends to lower pain levels as it increases relaxation. In some cases, patients claim that listening to music is more effective than taking pain relief medications.

According to an article published by the Pain Research Center at the University of Utah, focusing on music triggers emotional responses that challenge pain tracts to process pain and aches. Some anesthesiologists are now looking into incorporating music during surgical operations as it is more cost-effective and has the potential to improve patients’ recovery.

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There’s not a day that passes by without me listening to soft and jazzy notes from my playlist. Christopher J. Keehner here. See you on Twitter.



Soaring high: The best Philadelphia Eagles players ever

The City of Brotherly Love loves its football and, of course, the Eagles. Now, even after 83 years without a single Super Bowl victory, the team has had its share of great, talented players over the years.


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Randall Cunningham and Donovan McNabb
These two all-time great quarterbacks are the best ever to orchestrate the offense of the Eagles. Both were dominant both on the field and on the stats sheet. They even competed in multiple Pro Bowls. Cunningham though gains the upper hand because of his ten years of service to the team, while McNabb experienced much maligned career.

Brian Dawkins
Arguably the best safety of his generation, no one exemplifies the spirit of Philadelphia better than Weapon X. Serving as the heart and soul of the team, he is a member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team and the 20/20 club (over 20 sacks and 20 interceptions.)

Chuck Bednarik
The last great two-way player in the sport, his talent was compounded by his drive and competitive spirit. As a linebacker, he earned the reputation of being one of the hardest hitters in the history of football. What is even more amazing is that he also starred at center of the Eagles’ offensive team.


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Reggie White
The explosive, quarterback-terrorizing Minister of Defense does not only lay claim to the title of Best Philadelphia Eagle ever, he is also considered as the greatest defensive player in league history.

Christopher J. Keehner here. For more interesting tidbits about the great Philadelphia Eagles, follow me on Twitter.