Additionally, singing, dancing, drumming along, or otherwise engaging with the music enhanced the painkilling affects.
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Research has previously shown that music can increase people's threshold to pain, but this new study suggests that, with the rush of opioids it provokes, music could prove to be an alternative or supplement to therapy with prescription pain meds.
"Compelling evidence is accumulating that music can play an important role in healthcare settings, ranging from operating rooms to outpatient clinics," says Sondra Barrett, PhD, a coauthor of Ultimate Immunity.
In addition to this new pain-relief promise, music has also been shown to improve immunity by soothing stress. "Many hospitals now recommend that people listen to their favorite music before and during a surgical procedure to reduce their stress and anxiety and promote better outcomes," adds Elson Haas, MD, coauthor of Ultimate Immunity. "Can you imagine how stressful an amniocentesis is for a pregnant woman? Or having open-heart surgery? Now music is helping people have a more positive experience in medical settings."