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Music In Harmony With Healing

By Professor Gordon S. Lynch

Before you reach for the painkillers, give your MP3 player or personal stereo a go. Music has been shown to help people manage chronic pain and associated depression.

People suffering from chronic pain are often afflicted by depression, disability and feelings of powerlessness. Chronic pain refers to pain that persists in spite of medication and other treatments. Patients with back, neck and joint pain report the highest levels of pain, depression and disability. In many cases, a fear of pain can lead to avoidance of family, social, recreational and employment activities.

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