Study Found That the Choice Music You Listen to Could Relieve Pain

Shot of a young woman using a laptop and headphones on the sofa at homeDid you know that listening to music could impact your pain levels? According to a new study, people who were given the impression that they had control over their music choice experienced more pain relief than people who were not given any control.

The study published in PLOS ONE included 286 adults experiencing chronic pain who were asked to rate their pain before and after listening to a music track. Two different versions of the track were composed. Participants were randomly assigned to hear either the low- or high-complexity version. They were also randomly selected to be given the impression they had some control over the musical qualities of the track. However, these participants heard the same track regardless of their choice.


It was found that participants who felt they had control over the music reported more significant relief in the intensity of their pain compared to those who were not given the impression. All participants reported enjoying both versions of the track, but no links were found between the music complexity and the amount of pain relief. However, it was noted that participants who engaged actively with music in their everyday life had even greater pain-relief benefits.

These findings suggest that engagement and choice of music are important for pain relief. Further research is needed to explore the relationship between music choice and engagement. Strategies for boosting engagement are also needed to improve pain relief.

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Author Bio

Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.