Music therapy may offer a non-pharmacological treatment option for those experiencing acute or chronic pain.
Why this matters
Pain can be both acute or chronic and can be modulated by a number of factors including injury, inflammation, and psychosocial factors such as anxiety, depression, or catastrophizing.
Where pharmacological therapies aim to blunt the experience of pain, behavioral therapies aim to influence psychological modulation of pain. Music therapy is one such behavioral therapy and may offer a therapeutic approach that offers ease of utilization and no reported side effects.