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Fibromyalgia pain symptoms respond to sound of music

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Music therapy may provide a less invasive treatment option for people who are battling fibromyalgia. A study from researchers in Mexico, Denmark, Finland, the U.K. and the U.S.A. reveals that music can have a positive impact on patient health. Pleasant music helped fibromyalgia patients reduce their pain levels compared to a control group.


Music has been linked to multiple positive benefits, and previous studies have shown that the brain can change in response to the sound of music. Researchers point out it can improve memory and help train the brain. However, there appears to be a more powerful way to use music to improve health. Fibromyalgia patients and others who suffer from chronic pain may be able to incorporate music into their treatment plans.

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Researchers divided a group of fibromyalgia patients into two sections to investigate the power of music in controlling pain. Patients in one group were able to select their favorite music, as long as it was slower than 120 beats per minute, and listened to it for 10 minutes. Patients in the second group were forced to listen to pink noise. Scientists found that the first group had less pain than the control group. In addition, their mobility improved, and researchers noted they were still able to move better after the music was turned off.

Music therapy may become a useful tool to fight fibromyalgia, and researchers hope to continue to investigate its influence. A reduction in pain symptoms may not be the only benefit from listening to music. Some fibromyalgia patients explain it also helps them sleep and reduces anxiety. This noninvasive treatment option is easy to try at home, and it is not necessary to get a doctor’s prescription or to worry about side effects.

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