Music has the ability to be an amazing adjunctive therapy to help ‘Cure’ your pain. Neuroscientists have discovered that listening to music heightens positive emotion through stimulating dopamine levels. Dopamine has powerful effects on the reward center in the brain that affect emotion and pain control. Dopamine release from music has also been tied to improving motivation which helps gives pain patients the energy to be more active. Numerous studies have shown that athletes who train with music have improved endurance.
Music helps manage and control pain in a multitude of factors. Music has the ability to reduce stress and anxiety. Research shows music can prevent anxiety-induced increases in heart rate and high blood pressure. Listening to music can help reduce cortisol levels, a stress hormone. The power of music seems to act on both a physiological as well as psychological level to help patients better manage their pain. Music therapy is now being used as a means of conditioning patients to relax and release pain and stress.
So crank up your favorite tunes to decrease pain, improve mood, improve motivation and get yourself on the road to recovery and a ‘cure’.