Can Music Diffuse Pain?
Can music diffuse pain?
By the end of this article you should have the answers to the following questions:
- How does music affect pain?
- Can music diffuse pain?
- Can music increase your pain tolerance?
Your workout playlist doesn’t just entertain your brain
It actually increases your pain tolerance
Music is the world’s most common form of pain relief
But it’s works a little differently than the rest
Unlike painkillers such as Tylenol or Aspirin music isn’t something you actively take to heal your body
It can’t reduce inflammations or cure headaches
Instead it relives pain by shifting your concentration
When you are feeling stressed music triggers a powerful emotional response
Not only is this a perfect distraction for your brain but feel good hormones also counteract mental stress
It replaces negativity with motivation leaving you feeling empowered
The stronger you feel the more pain you can tolerate
Your workout playlist for example changes to way you handle and react to stress
Your stomach might be cramping and your legs may be aching but a good song will help you power through
So what about on a grander scale?
A 2011 study found that listening to music after surgery lessens the amount of pain medication patients take
Music was especially effective for patients with high anxiety
They were worried about potential injuries and negative side effects but listening to music unraveled their stress
It helped them to relax while taking their minds of their pain
so next time you are in a bit of pain or in the gym make sure to take some of your favorite songs to mediate the effect
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