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Resource: Music: a better alternative than pain? (University Hospital of South Manchester)

Music: a better alternative than pain?

Author: Rosie Holden



Over 7 million people suffer from chronic pain in the UK1 and GPs will encounter the difficulties of relieving their symptoms on a daily basis. Music, as well as being known to have emotional, mental, and spiritual benefits since Biblical times, has been investigated for its possible analgesic properties. A large number of studies have provided considerable evidence that music can decrease pain levels. Pain relief may occur by the release of endorphins or changes in catecholamine levels or, as patients are distracted by memories away from their pain.

Published by: Department of Physiotherapy, University Hospital of South Manchester

Publication Date: 2013

Country: United Kingdom

Language: English

Type: Reports/Papers