Pain: It’s something we’ve all experienced, and an uncomfortable part of life. But what if there was a alternative pain relief method which helped reduce pain without having to go to the doctor?  Some hospitals and clinics are beginning to use this pain relief method. Now once you learn about it, you can use it as well to manage your pain symptoms. What is it, and how does this pain relieving treatment work?

A small but growing body of scientific evidence suggests that music can alter mental states and have healing effects on damaged brains. Research has shown that Music with a strong beat stimulates the brain and eventually causes brainwaves to resonate in time with the rhythm. Slow beats encourage the slow brainwaves that are associated with hypnotic or meditative states, whereas faster beats can encourage more alert and concentrated thinking.

alternative-pain-treatment Hospitals and Clinics are beginning to use music and music therapy to help with pain management, rehabilitation and relaxation. Music therapy can help ward off depression, promote movement, calm patients, ease muscle tension and offers many health benefits not in the least the reduction and need for medication.

With so many potential health benefits and noteworthy positive physical effects, it is to no surprise that health care providers are using music as a tool to help their patients.

Take for instance Harold L. Russell, PhD, a clinical psychologist and adjunct research professor in the Department of Gerontology and Health Promotion at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Russell used rhythmic light and sound stimulation (EDLSS) technology to treat ADD (attention deficit disorder) in elementary and middle school boys. His studies found that rhythmic stimuli that sped up brainwaves in subjects increased concentration in ways similar to ADD medications such as Ritalin and Adderall. Following a series of 20-minute treatment sessions administered over several months, the children made lasting gains in concentration and performance on IQ tests and had a notable reduction in behavioral problems as compared to the control group, Dr. Russell said.

EDLSS (EEG-Driven Light Sound Stimulation) is an alternative treatment for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a device being developed by Neuromedics Technology Inc. in Austin TX.

EEG or Electroencephalogram is a test used to detect electrical activity of the brain. The EEG technician will attach electrodes to different locations on the scalp and forehead. Each electrode is connected to an amplifier and an electroencephalogram (EEG) machine, a device used to create a picture of the electrical activity of the brain. It has been used for both medical diagnosis and neurobiological research. The essential components of an EEG machine include electrodes, amplifiers, a computer control module, and a display device.

Music enhances the mood for various settings and striking the right tune for the appropriate situation can have a powerful effect on humans. Music sets the tone for sporting events, parades, restaurants, shopping centers, television shows, advertisements, dances, and many other places and activities. Purposeful selection of music helps ease pain, bring a more positive state of mind, improve mood and mobility, prevent stress response reducing the need of pain relievers and sedatives, relieve anxiety, lower blood pressure and heart rate, ease depression, enhance concentration and creativity and last but not least will help people relax and sleep.

A recent study conducted by researchers at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and the Buddhist Tzu-Chi General Hospital in Taiwan shows that listening to soft music at bedtime will help older adults sleep better and longer.