Choir Singing Can Ease Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Actively singing once a week can reduce stress which means that it can ease IBS. Just so you know, IBS is a syndrome of digestive disorders that can be influenced by certain psychological factors, such as stress.
This was conveyed by a team of Swedish researchers who studied the link between choir singing and irritable bowel syndrome.
“The benefits of relaxation which are commonly associated with choral groups actually may have a positive impact on symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome disorder, at least in the short term,” said Christina Grape, author of the study from Stockholm University, according to Health24.
In a study conducted in 2006, participants who represents IBS patients were divided into two groups, one assigned to join the choir and other groups to follow group discussions. Both groups met three to four times a month for a year.
Researchers chose these two groups of events to see whether participants in the choir also may have therapeutic potential for IBS patients.
Saliva sample was taken from the participants before attending the study group, and then after six months, nine months and one year after joining the study group.
This was done to measure the level of testosterone which is associated with stress level. Thus it can be known how many people are experiencing stress and its relation with the IBS disease.
Researchers found that the study group who are active choir singing once a week, there are stress reduction since the first six months. Which means it also can alleviate IBS disease.
This discovery was reported in the latest edition of the Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.