Research Suggests Musical Therapy Really Works and Rowlands Pharmacy backs the Idea

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Remedy is music to the nation’s ears.

Feeling good from music helps to allay pain.

As singer Bob Marley once said: “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain” – which is especially true in recent research finding that four in ten people living with persistent pain (41 per cent) admitted that listening to their favourite music relaxed them.

According to an article in the Telegraph, the pop genre was noted to be the most effective for 21 per cent of respondents, whilst 17 per cent favoured classical and 16 per cent preferring indie or rock.

Songs proving the most popular in relief included “Albatross” by Fleetwood Mac, “Angels” by Robbie Williams and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel.

Other songs include “Candle in the Wind” by Elton John and “Easy” by The Commodores.

A spokesperson for Rowlands Pharmacy commented:

“Music has long been featured in many a pain relief programme, and is commonly used during procedures when attending a dental surgery.

“However, whilst some may passively enjoy the pleasure of listening to their favourite music, scientific evidence goes deeper than this. It has been found that listening to your best-loved melodies triggers the release of the brain chemical dopamine, which is related to the rewarding region in the brain. Therefore, feeling good from music helps to allay pain.”

Music impacts the most upon the younger generation, with 66 per cent of those aged between 16 and 24 reporting it as an aiding factor in pain management.

Research Assistant Professor at The University of Utah Pain Management Centre, David Bradshaw, explained:

"People in pain should try to find some activity to get fully engaged in.

“Listening to favourite 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.

“Choose music you like and know well, humming or singing along can help you engage in listening and distract you from your pain.”

Want pharmaceutical advice that’s pain free? Then face the music – only with Rowlands Online Pharmacy.

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