What music makes you feel better when you are in pain? If you think you would feel better by just listening to something a bit more relaxing, you might be right. According to findings publish by PLOS ONE, there seems to be some truth to the idea that music can definitely help!
The new study has found that music can help relieve pain . . . but not in the way you’d expect. It has nothing to do with the songs themselves . . . but more the tempo, the lyrics, or even adrenaline or dopamine. It’s the CONTROL you have over the playlist. (???)
They conducted an experiment where they had people who were suffering from “everyday acute pain” listen to music . . . some were asked for input on what they would like to hear, how “complex” of a song . . . others were NOT asked. The people who got to choose and felt like they had control over what they listened to reported feeling stronger pain relief than the other group . . . even though they were ALL given the same song.
In the end, the researcher shows that both the music you choose and how often you listen it really can indeed music choice and engagement are essential to optimizing the pain-relieving benefits of music.
One genre that came to mind on The Mike & Carla Morning Show was the emerging list of songs related to “yacht rock”! They now have “yacht rock” cruises, bars feature special “yacht rock” nights, and “yacht rock” karaoke nights are popping up everywhere!
The M&C Morning Show opened up the phone and text lines to actually find out what song you listen to when trying to ease the pain and quite a few “yacht rock” titles came up. Listen to the segment from this morning and, who knows, maybe “that” song might come to mind you listen to when you’re looking for pain relief!