Society Logo
ME/CFS Australia Ltd
Please Click Here To Donate ME/CFS Australia (SA) Inc
 
Facebook
 
ME/CFS AUSTRALIA (SA) INC

Registered Charity 698

Email:
sacfs@sacfs.asn.au

Mailing address:
PO Box 28,
Hindmarsh,
South Australia 5007

Office:
Closed while relocating

Phone:
1300 128 339

Office Hours:
Wednesdays, 10am-3pm

ME/CFS Australia (SA) Inc supports the needs of sufferers of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and related illnesses. We do this by providing services and information to members.

Disclaimer

ME/CFS Australia (SA) Inc aims to keep members informed of the various research projects, diets, medications, therapies etc. All communication, both verbal and written, is merely to disseminate information and not to make recommendations or directives.

Unless otherwise stated, the views expressed on this Web site are not necessarily the official views of the Society or its Committee and are not simply an endorsement of products or services.

Become a Member
PDF Application Form (PDF, 277KB)
Why become a member?
 

Can music ease Fibromyalgia pain?

Monday 31 August 2009

ViolinAdrienne Dellwo reports on some remarkable research results involving music and its effectiveness in alleviating Fibromyalgia pain:

If you feel better when listening to your favorite music, you're not alone -- a study coming out of Glasgow Caledonian University, in the UK, showed that it can actually help people tolerate more pain.

Researcher Laura Mitchell looked at what distractions worked better -- listening to music, listening to humorous tapes, doing math puzzles, or looking at art. Not only did music prove to distract the brain most effectively, Mitchell says its effectiveness really surprised her.

It doesn't seem to matter what kind of music it is, either, she says -- as long as the person really likes it.

This test wasn't specifically done for the unique brand(s) of pain those of us with fibromyalgia experience, but this goes in the "it certainly can't hurt to try" category. In our case, it's probably best to go for something we like that's also calming, since at times even music I typically enjoy can get my nerves rattled.

As a musician, this study really intrigues me. I know that playing music is a global process, meaning that it involves the whole brain, so I wonder if listening to it also takes up more of the brain than other activities.

What do you think about this? Does music help you feel better? Is it something you've intentionally turned to as a coping mechanism?

The above originally appeared here.

 


 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Previous Previous Page