Friday, January 05, 2007

Music can reduce the perception of pain.

There have been various studies which lend weight to the theory that music can reduce the perception of pain in sufferers of chronic pain. The BBC News May 2006 reported a good article outlining research with comments by various pain experts.

David Butler and Lorimer Moseley's book "Explain Pain" suggests that you do a normally painful movement in a non painful way in a variety of states, eg when you are hot, cold, happy etc. It is suggested that each new experience of doing the movement without pain or with little pain trains the brain that the actual movement is ok.

I think that the idea of music providing a distraction from pain could work well with the suggestion of moving the painful part in a non or minamally painful way.

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