Living with Chronic Pain

Music Therapy for Chronic Pain


Music can influence mood and emotions: it can soothe, uplift or energize. Music can also help with pain management.

Music therapy involves the use of music as a sensory stimulus to evoke a response. Music therapists often play soothing music while working with an individual on relaxation techniques. Over time, the individual automatically relaxes when listening to certain types of music.

Music therapy may also involve singing, playing an instrument, dancing, or even composing music. These activities provide distraction from pain. However, it’s important to note that musical talent is not required to participate. Music therapy is tailored to personal taste and can be used to cope with pain and stress.

Potential benefits of music therapy for chronic pain include the following:

  • Reduced perception of pain
  • Reduced dosages of pain medications
  • Improved respiration, heart rate, and blood pressure
  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Reduced depression, anxiety or stress
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Improved mood
  • Improved quality of life

Music therapy for chronic pain may be offered at pain management clinics, cancer centers, hospitals, and other medical facilities. It can be done one-on-one or in group settings.

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