Music Therapy, Acupuncture for Pain Management

There may be many that pooh-pooh the possible benefits of music therapy, however a recent study carried out at the University of Granada may cause the nay sayers to revise their views.

In the study, not only was it seen that music therapy relieves fibromyalgia pain, it was also seen to improve life quality when used in conjunction with relaxation techniques.

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The symptoms of Fibromyalgia, which are usually characterized by unexplained pain and stiffness of the joints and muscles, recurrent fatigue, sleep and bowel disturbances and also depression, were seen to significantly decline when researchers used music therapy along with relaxation techniques based on guided imagery.

In the study, the participants were given a CD to listen to at home and patients were offered better understanding of their condition.

It was found at the end of the 8 week study that significant improvements in fibromyalgia symptoms were seen – intensity of pain and sleep disturbances were reduced, and quality of life was seen to improve.

The study confirms what many believe about the efficacy of music therapy and guided imagery used as a relaxation technique; that they can be used to alleviate the troublesome symptoms of problems such as fibromyalgia.

This article speaks about the efficacy of acupuncture in treating unexplained pain – written by a doctor, it speaks of how the medical community does not know everything and is not able to heal or cure everything.

There are still so many conditions, about which little is known and for which there are no cures.  In so many cases, people therefore seek out alternative therapies for their problems, for which there appears to be no solution.

A case in point is about a patient who suffered from narrow arteries and also shoulder pain; which the doctor could do little about, particularly when the medical options available were limited.

Since the shoulder pain was not related to the heart disease or high blood pressure and was also not getting better, the doctor referred the patient to an acupuncturist.

Much to the joy of the patient and the doctor, the acupuncture worked – the shoulder pain was gone and the blood pressure was back to normal as well.

Enlightened and forward thinking doctors now choose to look beyond their own field of training in the interests of healing and bettering the lives of those who suffer. In the process they choose not to blinker their vision and embrace all healing methods available.