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How does music therapy reduce stress and pain?

Harris H. McIlwain, MD
Rheumatology
Many successful businesses have found that background music -- particularly classical music, such as works by Mozart -- is especially effective in helping clients stay relaxed. I find that music is an excellent means of reducing mental stress as well as physical pain. In clinical studies, both doctors and patients agreed that listening to music produced greater decreases in peaks of tension and greater compliance with relaxation practice. Some studies have shown that music can also lower blood pressure, while also reducing levels of stress hormones.
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Perhaps the most popular relaxation modality is music therapy. Many women 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 surgical 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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