Fibromyalgia Helped by Music Therapy – Confirmed

1 hour/day of classic music mixed with salsa music resulted in a 24% reduction of pain over placebo.  this is a confirmation of a different study finding relief with regular music listening:
Music Therapy in Chronic Pain May Drop Pains by 50% 0ver 2 Months

 Pain Manag Nurs. 2013 Jun;14(2):e39-46. 
Effect of music as nursing intervention for people diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
Onieva-Zafra MD, Castro-Sánchez AM, Matarán-Peñarrocha GA, Moreno-Lorenzo C. 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23108015

  • 28 in musci group; 27 in control
  • 1hour day CD of mixed classical and salsa music.
  • new cd after 2 weeks

Results:

  • This was a spanish study which might explain the use of cuban salsa music; the other study started with stimulating, then went to slow and ended with moderate pace music.

Comment – Some cases of Fibromyalgia are overachievers who give themselves very little time to recover from their day. Music therapy could particularly help here but might be a hard sell. The other music study was 20 minutes twice daily which might be more palatable.

addendum

women prior to cold pressor testing find music helps pain tolerance – deson’t seem to help men

Pak J Med Sci. 2013 Jan;29(1):128-31.
Music can effectively reduce pain perception in women rather than men.
Ghaffaripour , Mahmoudi ,  Sahmeddini , Alipour , Chohedri .
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24353523 golden goose pas cher golden goose pas cher

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