Did you know that the next time you experience a headache you might just be able to lose it with the right tunes? Well a recent study has shown that music can help alleviate pains coming from painful medical procedures such as root canal. In such study those tested were lightly shocked in their fingertips while listening to music and identifying the different levels therein to take their minds off the pain, and it seemed to work very efficiently as they would become more absorbed in the music. The findings revealed that central arousal from the pain stimuli reliably decreased with the increasing music task demands.
This basically works as music helps alleviate pains by activating sensory pathways that coordinate themselves with pain pathways which in course stimulates emotional responses and engaging cognitive attention thus music provides an emotional and intellectual engagement to alleviate pain. They stated that music may dramatically help to reduce pain in those high in anxiety as they could become more absorbed in other activities while listening to music to ease pains within and that certain types of distractions could actually make pain better.
Music therapy is always overlooked as those seeking relief from pain always look for the fastest way out of the pain but should be taken more advantage of as music can also relieve symptoms, promote social interaction and encourage emotional expressions. Music therapy is also said to be very useful in those seeking relief from chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting and reducing other pains and can also lower your blood pressure and breathing rate.