Can Music Diffuse Pain?

Can Music Diffuse Pain

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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