Music for Chronic Pain

“Music is a safe kind of high.”
Jimi Hendrix

Distractions are key in managing chronic pain, especially if you make a choice to do it naturally. Distractions help ailments of every kind: chronic pain, depression, anxiety, PTSD, Alzheimer’s disease, loneliness, loss etc. Aside from exercise, I believe music is one of my favorite distractions. Even with exercise I love hearing music. The one thing our world has in common is a love of music whether that be rock, hip hop, country, soul, classical, or opera: I have yet to meet one person who does not love a certain genre of music. As a medical social worker I used music therapy on a daily basis hence why I know every song from the forties and fifties there is to know. Most of my patients had Dementia, Autism, Alzheimer’s disease, or Cancer. The one thing that could usually turn a bad day around was music.

When I am having a difficult time with managing my pain or just managing my crazy life in general, I have found music to be the most uplifting thing to go to. My two year old loves music almost as much as I do. We play music throughout the day and are found dancing in playgrounds or at the pool frequently. I do not know if it is nature or nurture but I think it is both. My daughter literally has a gift with music. She can pick up the lyrics to song faster than I can teach her to count from one to ten. The past few days she has been a true two year old and when those tantrums begin I get my phone out and start playing some jams. Nine times out of ten it works.

I know many of my readers are not able to exercise like I am. I know many people with chronic pain who are wheel chair bound, elderly, or just not as insane as I am about exercise. I get it. It is important to move your body even if it is just walking or shooting some hoops but we can all listen to music. If your thoughts are just surrounded by pain (physical or mental) I beg you to put on your favorite song and just see what happens. I find the best way is to be outside with music but to each their own. Even if it makes you feel twenty percent better it is worth it and music is free. I have turned to music since I was a teenager for a pick me up after my brain surgery and I still do it to this day in my management of chronic pain. My daughter has honestly made me appreciate and love music more, if that was possible but music is what brings a lot of us together.

Sing yourself out of a bad mood! Distract yourself with a song that makes your soul feel great. Ya got nothing to lose.


Music for Chronic Pain


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