Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Music as pain reliever


I don’t know about you, but I don’t have money these days—and can’t afford doctor copays or a lot of medical nonsense. I am also not crazy about slamming in a bunch of drugs, even if they are cheap, which they seldom are.

So…I was interested in a December The Journal of Pain piece on how music can ease pain for some people.

This came from the Univ of Utah Pain Research Center. They think you can substitute a concentration on music for concentration on pain.

This takes er…concentration. The music pathways compete with the pain pathways.

At first the researchers thought those with lowest anxiety about pain would be able to switch concentration to music better—but it turned out to be the opposite. High anxiety people who could absorb themselves readily did the best.

Anxiety and absorption were linked—they may look at that more.

Do you find these science snippets interesting? I do.

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