“Emotional stress and psychological disadaptation, which lead to neurotic disorders and which must be clinically treated, are common to many illnesses and represent a serious problem in modern society and medicine.
If we learn more about the role of this kind of emotional stress in the network of clinical-biological relationships, it could form an important basis for the treatment of many illnesses. As such, an ideal combination of medical and mental treatment is very promising. Among the various psychosomatic methods, Medical Resonance Therapy Music® caught our particular attention.
As a result, we carried out a series of pilot studies at our Institute for Gerontology in Kiev, in order to determine the influence of the musicologist and classical composer Peter Hübner’s Medical Resonance Therapy Music® on various parameters, such as:
- blood pressure
- reactive fear
- auditory and visual
- short-term memory
- psychomotoric speed
- concentration powers
- visual-motoric co-ordination
- learning capability
- reaction speed
The studies were carried out on middle-aged and older people who were suffering from atherosclerotic encephalopathy.
In this group we saw a beneficial effect of Medical Resonance Therapy Music® on the functional status of the central nervous system (please see the individual results of the studies – “The effects of Medical Resonance Therapy Music® on older people and middle-aged people with atherosclerotic encephalopathy” available from AAR EDITION), and the beneficial effect manifested both as a relaxation and as an activation.
The following considerations form the theoretical basis for our continuing research: in the course of his life, a person meets numerous conflict situations which lead to disharmony and stress and which are accompanied by the chronic irritation of various sections of the nervous system and the disruption of the somatic processes.
One of the most serious of these health-threatening disorders is the change in the circulatory system, which manifests itself in an increase in arterial blood pressure. However, in the course of evolution, a defence system has developed which protects people from stress damage. Here, it is the opioid-peptide system in particular, which is able to limit the extent of a stress reaction.
We assume that Medical Resonance Therapy Music® influences these psycho-emotional areas of the brain which are responsible for stress-relieving processes. Nowadays it is assumed that, on a physiological level, such effects are conveyed via the hormones and transmitters attributed to the neuroendocrine immune cycle: opioids, peptides, stress-related hormones (ACTH, corticosteroides), interleukins.
Therefore, in our future research with Medical Resonance Therapy Music® we will study the psycho-emotional status, the circulatory system and the hormone levels.
We would thus like to find out more about the extent to which Medical Resonance Therapy Music® might be a useful tool for alleviating the effects of stress and high blood pressure in older people and middle-aged people.”