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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.



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