Suffering From Chronic Pain? Try Listening To Music

Music can heal a lot of wounds, we have heard that many times during breakups and other heartbreaks, but what about actual wounds?

LloydPharmacy in the UK has started to suggest music as a means to deal with chronic pain.

The pharmacy began making the suggestion after it commissioned researchers to study 1,500 people. Researchers found that four in ten people are currently living with persistent pain. The study discovered that pop music is the most effective choice for 21 percent of patients, followed by classic for 17 percent and rock/indie for 16 percent.

In terms of actual songs the best choices are "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel, "Angels" by Robbie Williams, and "Albatross" by Fleetwood Mac. Also included on the list are "Candle in the Wind" by Elton John, and "Easy" by The Commodores.

The pharmacy suggests music for people who deal with back and neck pain, arthritis, joint pain, and headaches or migraines.

Researchers also found that music has the biggest impact (66 percent) on people aged 16 to 24.

The pharmacy still prescribes medicine to patients but also asks them to listen to their favorite music.

David Bradshaw, a Research Assistant Professor at The University of Utah Pain Management Center, tells The Telegraph "People in pain should try to find some activity to get fully engaged in... Listening to favorite music is excellent for that because it can involve both thoughts and feelings. No matter how anxious you may feel, if you can get absorbed in the music this can help with your pain.

Bradshaw says that humming or singing along to a song can distract a patient from their pain. For that reason songs that are well-known by the listener should always be chosen.Chronic pain as the name suggests doesn't simply go away, however, a good distraction can help patients manage their life. Music appears to be the distraction that many patients need.