Fight Back Against Pain with Music Therapy
If aches and pains are stopping you from living your life, then it’s time you found a way to fight back. For many people, simply taking over-the-counter pain medication is not enough to dull the troublesome problem. Luckily, there’s a new approach on the horizon that could offer untold benefits for pain sufferers. Music therapy is an emerging technique that thousands have used to ease their symptoms. With more than 600 registered music therapists in the United Kingdom, getting this kind of treatment is easier than you might think.
What Is Music Therapy?
While the healing properties of music have been known for many years, it wasn’t until after World War II that it was used as a formal treatment for soldiers who had shell shock. These days, doctors use the healing combination of music and sound to help patients improve their physical and emotional well-being, cope with symptoms from a disease and reduce anxiety and increase comfort.
Because people have different preferences, there is no single type of music used in music therapy. Typically, your medical professional will use whatever type of music soothes and comforts you to control your pain. Therapy can include listening to music, making music, singing along to your favourite songs, and even discussing the lyrics to your favourite songs in order to take your mind off of your pain. You don’t need to be particularly skilled at music for the therapy to be effective — all you have to do is let your mind and body relax.
How Does Music Therapy Work?
The main reason music therapy works is because the pathways in your brain that process music are the same pathways that work to process pain. Therefore, by concentrating on music, those pathways are distracted from realising the pain. Additionally, music is a good tool to promote relaxation. Relaxing your mind and body can stimulate your brain waves, which slows down breathing and heart rates.
Studies have shown that music therapy helps patients use less pain medication overall, so side effects are minimised. Additionally, it leads to improvements in vital signs, such as blood pressure, respiration, and heart rate. Perhaps best of all, the relaxation allows painful muscles to unclench, which stimulates natural healing.
Who Can Benefit from Music Therapy?
Anyone who is suffering from chronic pain can benefit from music therapy. However, the people who receive the most benefit from this type of treatment are those who typically have a lot of anxiety. Music therapy is also a good tool for patients suffering from pain due to cancer care, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and pain from the cancer itself. Even people who are depressed or suffering from other mental illness can benefit from music therapy.
As you can see, music therapy has a multitude of benefits when it comes to pain relief. However, if you don’t think music therapy will be enough to stop your aches and pains, consider taking health supplements. If you suffer from joint pain, glucosamine tablets can help reduce inflammation and promote healing in the affected area. Using a glucosamine massage cream is another good way to specifically target troublesome areas of joint pain.
The combination of supplements, music therapy, and other pain relief methods can help you achieve optimal results and get you back to your normal lifestyle.
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- Kristy Snyder