How to play a song at the piano
Playing a piano in the garden sounds like a bit of fun, but it can also have some serious health implications.
A new study from University of Sydney and Queensland University of Technology suggests that the practice of playing the piano on a regular basis can reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.
The study analysed data from more than 5,000 Australians and found that people who played their favourite music on a piano had an 80 per cent reduced risk of developing colon, prostate, pancreatic and lung cancer compared with those who didn’t.
The research was published in the journal PLOS One.
Lead researcher Dr David McQuade, from the School of Medical Sciences, said it was the first time the study looked at the health benefits of playing music at the table.
“We’re really excited that the evidence has finally been assembled to back up the idea that this can reduce cancer risk,” he said.
“It was previously thought that playing a musical instrument could have a positive impact on your health, but now we’ve shown that it actually reduces your risk of cancer.”
Dr McQuades team also looked at whether music could have any other health benefits.
They found that playing an instrument in the presence of other people could have benefits, such as a reduction in nausea and vomiting.
But it could also lead to complications such as dizziness, headaches and dizziness.
“Music is an incredibly relaxing and beautiful instrument and is often used to treat anxiety, depression, and anxiety disorders,” Dr McQuases said.
Dr Mcquades said he hoped the findings would encourage people to explore the music more and become more active.
“Musicians have a unique role in shaping our culture and providing an outlet for our creativity,” he added.
“For people who are listening to music, it may be more beneficial to do so at home, rather than in a studio.”