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Can music therapy help in reducing stress?

Many people find that music distracts them from the painful moment, helping to reduce mental stress. In fact, in some hospitals, staff members give patients tapes of soothing music and reassuring voice-overs to use during procedures. In clinical studies, both doctors and patients agreed that listening to music produced greater decreases in peaks of tension, and it produced greater compliance with relaxation practice. While the studies are limited, it’s thought that music therapy can help to improve mood and pain tolerance. This therapy is thought to enhance the parasympathetic response through the effects of sound, encouraging relaxation at a deep level. Moreover, relaxation has been shown to alter perceptions of pain.  

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