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Researchers at the University of Washington and Group Health Center for Health Studies shows that depressed older adults use more health care services and have 43-56 percent higher health care costs than their peers who do not suffer from depression.(Sowers, P., 2003)
Stress alters neurotransmitters that regulate mood and emotion, leaving a person more susceptible to depression and anxiety. Depression can also worsen inflammatory conditions. For example, a study out of Stanford University Medical Center, Calif., discovered that people who are depressed experience two times more chronic pain than those who are not depressed.
The value of a team empowered by mutual respect, productive communication and lower stress cannot be underestimated. HealthRHYTHMS is a tool which can be used for team empowerment. The drum allows this process to be a fun and rewarding experience which research has shown can have positive biological as well as psycho-social benefit.
~Increased NK Cell Activity
Controlled studies showed one hour of HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming increases white blood cells that seek out and destroy cancer and virally infected cells (Natural Killer Cells, NK). The original study was replicated in Japan with corporate employees.
Tests showed an increase in NK cell activity for participants with low pre-intervention levels and a decrease in NK cell activity for participants with over-performing NK cell activity. Strengthening of immune function may lead to better health and lower medical costs.
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