Did you know that listening to music can significantly enhance our health and general feelings of well-being? Oh Yes! You now have a good excuse to seriously turn up your iPod and burst out singing.
Researchers speculate that actively listening to music might work best for easing acute pain, such as the kind you feel post-surgery, during pain flare up or your period.
According to ‘Prevention’, engaging your mind with music can also help alter your sense of time so you worry less about what’s happening in the moment. For types of pain like chronic pelvic pain or chronic headaches, zoning out to relaxing music rather than focusing on the specific melodies may be more beneficial to find relief.
Research has also demonstrated that the music we like the most has greater positive effects on pain tolerance and perception than music we don’t like that much, as pleasant music triggers the release of the brain chemical dopamine which is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers.
Still following this? There is more! Music has also been shown to help lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and stress, and ease muscle tension.
So what are you waiting for?
The next time you experience pain or must go through a medical procedure, you might want to tune in to your own playlist on your iPod to really help you with your pain!