Music heals mind, body and soul
When your favorite song comes on the radio, it’s hard not to tap your feet or hands to the rhythm. Music affects our moods and health. Did you also know that music can also heal your body? A powerful connection exists between the brain and the body that seems to come alive while listening to music.
Sentara neurologist Kamal Chemali, M.D., believed in the therapeutic power of music while in medical school in the 1980s and has been conducting research projects for decades to prove that very idea.
Now at the forefront of this specialty in neurology, Dr. Chemali is founder and medical director of the Sentara Music and Medicine Center in Norfolk, Va., where he and music therapist
Tracy Bowdish put music to the test. Tracy works closely with patients to help them overcome neurological disorders — like stroke — through the healing powers of music and music therapy.