Chronic pain relief can be found in something as simple as music when you are suffering from chronic pain syndrome. Possibly, according to various studies, one most recently published in the December 2011 issue of The Journal of Pain.
This study involving 153 healthy, normal volunteers found that engaging in music listening can reduce, depending on the person, responses to pain. This appeared to be especially true in people who are anxious yet can become absorbed in activities easily.
Multiple Chronic Pain Relief Studies
An earlier study published in June of 2006 in the Journal of Advanced Nursing showed that those that listened to music on a daily basis reported less chronic pain. These people also felt more in control of their pain and less disabled by their medical condition. Another reported benefit was reduced depression.
Participants in this earlier study suffered for more than six years from a variety of conditions that cause chronic pain, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and disc problems. Music helped to reduce their pain by 12 to 21%.
According to the press release from the Journal of Advanced Nursing, Dr. Sandra L. Siedlecki, nurse researcher at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, stated,
“Non-malignant pain remains a major health problem and sufferers continue to report high levels of unrelieved pain despite using medication. So anything that can provide relief is to be welcomed.”
A review of fourteen studies on the effect of music on pain relief found that, while medication best controlled pain, music was the second best form of pain relief in both acute and chronic pain.
Chronic Pain Relief With Less Narcotics
While music therapy may not reduce your pain by 100%, if it can lessen your chronic pain by 12% or more, this would help to keep you more comfortable and possibly reduce the amount of narcotics you would need to take.
Narcotic medications can cause numerous side effects and even addiction. It can be used for chronic pain relief, perhaps the occurrence of side effects will be fewer.
For the millions of people who suffer from daily chronic pain and are in search for ways to lessen their pain and improve their quality of life, even some chronic pain relief through the use of music is indeed good news.