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Music Therapy and Pain Management

Studies have shown that music therapy is effective for pain management. Music changes our feelings by affecting our hormones. Listening to music we like boosts dopamine (our feel-good hormone), and increases oxytocin (the feeling of connection with others). Music therapists thusly use music as an effective tool for distracting from pain, improving mood, and increasing relaxation.

Listening to music can reduce chronic pain by up to 21 per cent and depression by up to 25 per cent. It can also make people feel more in control of their pain and less disabled by their condition. Researchers carried out a controlled clinical trial with sixty people, dividing them into two music groups and a control group. They found that people who listened to music for an hour every day for a week reported improved physical and psychological symptoms compared to the control group.The participants, who had an average age of 50, were recruited from pain and chiropractic clinics in Ohio, USA. They had been suffering from a range of painful conditions, including osteoarthritis, disc problems and rheumatoid arthritis, for an average of six and a half years. 

Sandra L Siedlecki, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, and Marion Good, Case Western University, Ohio. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Volume 54.5, pages 553 to 562.

What We Can Address:

  • Decrease Pain Perception
  • Improve Mood
  • Increase Motivation
  • Normalizing the Environment (especially in medical settings)

Supporting Research and Additional Articles

What You May Experience:

Here are some examples of what can be addressed during your music therapy session with your dedicated therapist:

  • Purposeful playlist creation for mood support
  • Active listening to familiar and preferred songs to evoke positive mood states
  • Songwriting for self-expression
  • Guided relaxation to ease anxiety and stress
  • Music-supported counselling

Ask Questions and Schedule Sessions

  1. Email your questions or schedule an appointment:

  2. You will be asked to complete an intake form. This will be another opportunity to ask any of the questions you may have to ensure an online session is best for your needs.

  3. Costs will be discussed and defined. 

  4. We will then match you with a therapist who is available and fits your needs.

  5. A final confirmation will be sent via email.