They say music soothes the savage beast



Wouldn’t it be great if we could just pick up a violin and soothe the savage beast that is our chronic pain?  Wouldn’t it be terrific if no matter how much we antagonize our bodies (much like Buggs  Bunny antagonizes the ape), we would just need some clever quip and  a little jig and things would be all better?

When I took the managing pain class, the last class we had was a little different than the others.  We went into class and there was classical piano music playing. There was also an audible rhythmic sort of humming that you could tell wasn’t part of the classical music.  The teacher asked us to rate our pain, as well as our concentration, focus, and other symptoms immediately when we sat down.  We also had to write a review of the class and instructor.   As the class went on the classical music changed to “I wanna hold your hand” by The Beatles.  A great song! most of us were at least humming if not singing along with it. The rhythmic humming was still there but not as noticeable. Probably because we were trying to work on the papers in front of us or focusing on the song lyrics.

music therapyOnce we were all done with the paperwork and handed them in, the instructor turned off all sounds.  He made the room silent.  Then he asked us to notice our bodies.  Especially try to focus on the parts that were giving us the most noticeable pain when we walked in. It was strange. It seemed like my pain level decreased!  What sorcery is this? How could this be?

The rest of the class was very interesting.  The instructor went on to talk about music.  Not just music in general,  Using music as therapy to help us focus, i.e. lessen the fibro fog, and to reduce the level of the pain that is constantly there in my fibromyalgia riddled body, as it is with many chronic pain/ illness sufferers.

WooHoo! I love music! All kinds – okay, I don’t particularly like screamo, gangsta rap, or really high pitched opera.  So, I amend that to MOST.  I love most kinds of music.  And now you’re telling me it can help me bring my body to a better state?!  Yay! Let’s do it!  

It turns out that the rhythmic humming was called Binaural Beats.  When playing music at different frequencies, in each ear, the brain creates its own beat.  And series of these brain created beats can help many ailments within our bodies.binaural beats

Music therapy has been used and found to be very beneficial to people with Autism, Mental Health disorders, Neurological and Medical disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, and Chronic pain syndromes.

Not only that but, “University of Granada researchers have shown that music therapy combined with other relaxation techniques based on guided imagery significantly reduces pain, depression and anxiety, and improves sleep among patients suffering from fibromyalgia. Thus, this therapy enhances patients’ quality of life. This experimental study has shown that these two techniques enhance the well-being and personal power of patients with fibromyalgia.”

According to the American Music Therapy Association, “Music therapy interventions can focus on pain management for physical rehabilitation, cardiac conditions, medical and surgical procedures, obstetrics, and  oncology treatment, among others. Music is a form of sensory stimulation, which provokes responses due to the
familiarity, predictability, and feelings of security associated with it. Research results and clinical experiences attest to the viability of music therapy even in those patients resistant to other treatment approaches. ”

I personally have had success in focusing, thinking more clearly, and comprehending what I’m reading or writing, as in this blog, while listening to concentration music with binaural beats on  Binaural beats for sleep has helped me get to sleep easier.  And listening to Chronic pain relief binaural beats while doing yoga has made me feel more energized and allowed my pain levels to decrease.