By Dr. Michael J. Cooney


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Everyone knows that lullabies are very effective in soothing babies to sleep. But did you know that just one hour a day of music can be beneficial to adults as well?

Multiple studies show that listening to music daily can significantly reduce pain and depression and increase feelings of control.

This is great news for people dealing with chronic pain. While ‘zoning out’ to a good song cannot totally eliminate pain (or take the place of quality medical care, of course), it is a safe, inexpensive way for chronic pain sufferers to get some relief and push the pain away for a while.

A natural pain remedy with no side effects

Music provides a safe, natural add-on to pain treatment. Some of the same pathways in your brain that process music also process pain. (We use these same pathways with Calmare Therapy which painlessly scrambles the pain message so that is can no longer emit the pain signal).

Focusing on music keeps your mind engaged and triggers emotional responses that compete with pain pathways to lessen pain.

In addition, music causes the body to release endorphins, natural painkillers, which can be effective even when traditional pain medications have failed (the same way exercising can brighten your mood and lessen stress).

Just what the doctor ordered

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The idea that music can be therapeutic is not surprising to anyone who has ever turned on their favorite song to help them relax after a bad day.

Music has been proven to be effective in lowering blood pressure, slowing breathing and heart rate, reducing body tension and relaxing muscles, all of which can ease your pain and lift your spirits.

And the best part is that the type of music doesn’t matter.

Whether you love classic rock or classical music, pick songs that you have an emotional connection with and you will have the perfect prescription for pain.

About Dr. Michael Cooney

Michael J. Cooney, DC, is a chiropractic physician and clinical director at Calmare Therapy NJ USA, located in Rutherford, NJ.  Calmare Therapy®, an FDA-cleared, non-invasive scrambler therapy,  is a drug-free and side-effect free alternative treatment to help relieve severe treatment-resistant chronic pain. For more information, call (201) 933-4440 or visit