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These top 5 songs can help ease chronic pain

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Study finds listening to music provides pain relief.

According to a new study, listening to music is more than just enjoyable, as it also has some pretty powerful health benefits.

Indeed, the study found that over 40 percent of those polled said that listening to favorite songs actually helped ease physical pain. The study surveyed over 1500 people in Britain who reported suffering from some form of pain most of the time. Lloyds Pharmacy group conducted the study, which was released last Thursday. Among those surveyed between the ages of 16 and 24, two-thirds reported that music helped to diminish their pain.

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Andrew Mawhinney, a pharmacist and pain expert with Lloyds Pharmacy pointed out that there are many ways to alleviate pain. In addition to drugs, he noted that simple changes, such as incorporating regular exercise and stress management techniques into your lifestyle, can also help you better manage your pain.

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The survey found that all kinds of music helped, including favorite songs from artists ranging from Elton John to Simon and Garfunkle.

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The most popular type of music for alleviating pain was pop, as reported by 21 percent of those surveyed. Classical music came in second, with 17 percent saying it helped to diminish their pain, followed by 16 percent who cited rock or indie music was their preferred genre for easing pain.

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If you are suffering from pain on a near daily basis, those polled in the survey reported finding the following five songs were the most helpful when it came to providing relief for ongoing pain:

1. Bridge Over Troubled Water, by Simon and Garfunkel
2. Angels, by Robbie Williams
3. Albatross, by Fleetwood Mac
4. Candle In The Wind, by Elton John
5. Easy, by The Commodores

David Bradshaw, an Assistant Professor at The University of Utah Pain Management Center, recommends that pain sufferers try to find some activity that they can get totally lost in, whether its music or something else, as any activity that takes your mind off the pain is beneficial.

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Bradshaw recommends listening to music because he says that it’s an excellent way to divert your attention that also involves a person mentally and emotionally.

Reference: Lloyds Pharmacy, University of Utah Health Care Pain Management Center



<3 Candle in the Wind- written for Princess Diana Can you Feel the Love Tonight- Lion King My favourite Elton Johns!
Me too!
Nothing beats the soothing and calming voice of Art Garfunkel singing Bridge Over Troubled Water.