Monday Morning Message | Noteworthy Reduction for Your Pain and Stress

Good morning. I hope you had an incredible weekend. Do you or someone you care about suffer from pain?  It’s such a hopeless feeling to watch a family member, friend, child, or pet suffer. We want to help, and now you can. After a recent surgery, a friend recommended playing healing music to reduce pain. Isn’t that amazing? You may want to give it a try yourself! Dial in your speakers and listen to some quiet healing music, and you may discover, like so many others have, that your pain will instantly reduce!

It’s called music therapy – and it is a booming field. Those who become certified music therapists are accomplished musicians who have deep knowledge of how music can evoke emotional responses to relax or stimulate people, and help them to heal.

In controlled clinical trials of people having colonoscopies, cardiac angiography, and knee surgery, those who listened to music before their procedure had reduced anxiety and a reduced need for sedatives. Those who listened to music in the operating room reported less discomfort during their procedure. Hearing music in the recovery room lowered the use of opioid painkillers. Music therapy can help people who are recovering from a stroke or traumatic brain injury. Former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords used this technique to enable her to testify before a Congressional committee two years after a gunshot wound to her brain destroyed her ability to speak.

Listening to music reduces anxiety associated with chemotherapy. It can quell nausea and vomiting for patients receiving chemotherapy. It has been tested in patients ranging from those with intense acute pain to those with chronic pain from arthritis. Overall, music therapy decreases pain perception, reduces the amount of pain medication needed, helps relieve depression, and gives people a sense of better control over their pain. What an amazing technique to increase our quality of life, and it’s available to everyone, anytime!

Something to Think About
Music therapy can be given to infants who do not have the ability to tell us what is causing them pain, as well as our pets. Music is an international language with no barriers.

Weekly Challenge
Everyone knows someone who could benefit from music therapy. It can be as simple as playing healing music, or for a more serious illness, a music therapist is a great option. Is there a music therapist in your area? Do the research this week to determine who has great ratings and results with music therapy. Share this info with those you love. In our business, stress is at record levels. Use music therapy yourself to decrease anxiety and increase productivity and quality of life.

Words of Wisdom
I regard music therapy as a tool of great power in many neurological disorders — Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s — because of its unique capacity to organize or reorganize cerebral function when it has been damaged. – Oliver Sacks

Music is an art that goes well beyond science. Proof can be found in the huge amount of studies that have been carried out throughout the world based on music-therapy and the important results achieved.  -Andrea Bocelli

Music therapy, to me, is music performance without the ego. It’s not about entertainment as much as its about empathizing. If you can use music to slip past the pain and gather insight into the workings of someone else’s mind, you can begin to fix a problem. -Jodi Picoult

I actually have a degree in music and was aware that music was a tool used in therapy. I didn’t realize how far it had come since I was in college in the mid-seventies. -J. K. Simmons

Music therapy was so important in the early stages of my recovery because it can help retrain different parts of your brain to form language centers in areas where they weren’t before you were injured.-Gabrielle Giffords

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