Scientists have known for some time that music can have a measurable effect on acute and chronic pain.
One particular study in patients who suffer from fibromyalgia, a disease that causes severe chronic pain in the muscles and joints, showed that patients experienced less chronic pain after listening to their favourite music.
After having listened to relaxing music for pain relief, patients reported that the pain became less unpleasant and less intense. ~ Study lead author, Peter Vuust, of the Center for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (CFIN) at Aarhus University, Denmark.
In other areas of medicine, music has helped children undergoing medical and dental procedures. It has also been effective in alleviating pain in a variety of other clinical settings such as palliative care, pediatrics, surgery and anesthesia. There have also been positive results in helping cancer patients relieve pain.
How Music Reduces Pain
Music triggers the release of opioids in the brain, which are the body’s own ‘morphine’. Meditation/relaxing music in particular triggers the release of the brain chemical dopamine, a compound strongly associated with other rewarding and motivating stimuli, such as food, sex, and certain addictive drugs.
This explains the potential music has to reduce the feeling of pain and the reduced need for pain medication. And the good news is that the pain reduction doesn't stop once the music does, because the opioid release takes time to wear off.
How Our Pain Relief Meditation Improves on This Science
Our Pain Relief meditation music is tuned to 174 Hz, a frequency on the ancient Solfeggio scale traditionally used as a natural anesthetic to reduce pain and encourage optimal operation of the body's organs.
The binaural beats frequencies underneath the music start at 6 Hz (theta), which studies have shown to be effective in treating chronic pain. At around the 10-minute mark, the track works its way down to 2.5 Hz (delta) – a frequency historically associated with the release of endogenous opiates.
As the track enters the last few minutes, we entrain the brain out of this low, almost sleepy state by bringing you up to mid theta, where you can sit, stir and begin to regain full cognitive function before continuing with your day.
* Please note: If you are experiencing ongoing pain, you should seek the advice of a physician. This music for pain relief is not a replacement for medication, but rather a natural therapy for the relief of pain and potential reduction in the amount of medicine you need to take.