Music Therapy For Feather Plucking Avians-Info-26th Feb 2018

Music Therapy For Feather Plucking Avians-Info-26th Feb 2018

Mental health or stress of any person or animal are related with their mental status of happiness or sadness. Stress induces hormonal release and likewise happiness. Adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine are the 3 major stress hormones released in body to combat the situation. Increased adrenaline is body’s fight-flight response to stress in circumstances of danger, frightening, or highly competitive situation, as well as the feelings of heightened energy, excitement, strength, and alertness. Cortisol is a steroid hormone released during stress and increases blood sugar level by metabolism of fat, protein and carbohydrates. Cortisol prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation there by reducing immunity and bone formation. Norepinephrine is a chemical released from neurons of sympathetic nervous system in response to stress. These stress hormones have effect on vital organs and derailed metabolic activities, hence excessive stress not only effects mental health but also physical health. Stress hormones have a relevant impact on immune system regulation. Prolonged experiences of stress are related to poor individual health.
Five hormones released while a person or animal is happy (anti-stress) are Dopamine, Serotonin, oxytocin, estrogen and progesterone. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter which plays a major role in reward-motivated behavior. It inhibits norepinephrine (stress hormone) release and acts as a vasodilator; in the kidneys, it increases sodium excretion and urine output; in pancreas, it reduces insulin production; in the digestive system, it reduces gastrointestinal motility and protects intestinal mucosa. It reduces the activity of lymphocytes of immune system. It also drives pleasure-seeking behavior. Serotonin is found in animals and plants, it is a mood-boosting neurotransmitter and natural boosted with exercise. It has been implicated in cognition, mood, anxiety and psychosis. Oxytocin is both a neurotransmitter and a hormone and its impact is more on women’s physiology and happiness compared to men’s. Spending time with loved ones and being kind to others stimulates oxytocin. Research says oxytocin produces anti-depressant-like effects in animal models of depression and a deficit of it may be involved in the pathophysiology of depression. Estrogen helps form serotonin and protects from irrita¬bility and anxiety, maintaining one’s mood steady. Progesterone helps to sleep well and prevents anxiety, irritability and mood swings. The estrogen/progesterone imbalance can also negatively affect the mood.
Feather plucking problem in birds, specially Cockatoos is a stress induced behavioral problem. Stress hormones have a relevant impact on immune system regulation, altering inflammatory bio-markers. To combat this stress related issue in avians music can be effective mode of holistic approach. Music listening has been suggested to be beneficial to physical and mental health by reduction of stress. Music has a unique link to our emotions and many researches support the fact that it is an extremely effective stress management tool that can have a tremendously relaxing effect on minds of humans and animals. Listening to music can lower blood pressure, induce relaxation and reduce anxiety. It also improves the sense of well-being, lifting their spirits and calming their nerves. Music for centuries has been known to have a pleasing appeal to both humans and animals. Music effects ‘Dopaminergic Neurotransmission’. Dopamine is also synthesized in plants and most animals. Increased levels of dopamine in body combats the effects of stress induced hormones and enhances a sense of well being. Music can combat the hormonal effects of stress by increased dopamine release and calming down the bird. Balanced hormonal levels brings in less mood swings and improved mental status.
His Holiness Sri Swamiji is an accomplished Nada Yogi with very deep knowledge of music composed many different and unique Ragas (tunes). Sri Swamiji’s healing music is currently being used in several healthcare centers across the world, including hospitals, research centers, civic utility centers in the United States and Europe. In addition to the therapeutic effect, the efficacy of His music in leading positive and stress-free transformation is being put to use where there is a need for social transformation, in places of high stress like the prisons and in the departments of law enforcement across multiple places in India. Sri Swamiji performed continued research for over three decades on before bringing out the therapeutic effects of music. As part of the research He conducted several experiments on Himself understanding the true nature of Music and its healing power. The ancient Raga Ragini Vidya which has the secrets of the healing powers of music has been brought out by Sri Swamiji with the ability to use music as medium to supplement medicinal healing. Sri Swamiji conducts music therapy sessions and healing music concerts World over.
Birds seems to enjoy music and few of them dance and tap their legs synchronizing with rhythm. Birds with feather plucking also seem to spend time and enjoy listening to music and thereby reducing stress levels and calming the bird. Introduction of new activities along with music keeps the bird preoccupied with activity and calming down the stress which are very essential for the bird with feather plucking problem. More number of birds are included to the group of listeners as a part of general health management, with an average music listening time of 2-3 hours per day. Sri Swamiji’s music of different tunes have different effect on humans also proves to be effective on feathered friends.