Music may offer a non-pharmacological approach to manage acute and chronic pain

Takeaway

  • 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.