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Toni Spearman/Author

Good morning family. We are on day two of our celebration of National Jazz Appreciation Month and guess what? We’re just getting started. We will learn many exciting things about jazz music and enjoy the delicious sounds of several phenomenal artists who have made outstanding contributions to this industry.

But first, I want to share some interesting points about how powerful music is and how it affects our physical bodies, acting as a medication with wonderful side-effects.

1. Did you know that listening to music can reduce chronic pain from a range of painful conditions, including osteoarthritis, disc problems and rheumatoid arthritis, by up to 21% and depression by up to 25%, according to a paper in the latest UK-based Journal of Advanced Nursing?

2. Did you know that Music Therapy is increasingly used in hospitals to reduce the need for medication during childbirth, to decrease postoperative pain and complement…

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