Chronic or recurring pain a problem for half of Americans

by | Oct 3, 2010 | Anxiety, Depression and Stress, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain | 0 comments

Dr. Ronald Lavine practices chiropractic in New York City and Princeton, NJ

Here’s the bad news:

According to a recent nationwide survey, fifty percent of the U.S. population is struggling to cope with the aggravation of intermittent pain or with the misery of chronic pain.

Back pain was by far the most common issue mentioned in the survey.  Knees and shoulders were also a problem. Nearly one-tenth suffered from headaches.

Pain isn’t just a sensation you have – it interferes with your life.  Most people in the survey said that their pain was interfering with with one or more of these:

  • work or other duties,
  • emotion and mood,
  • day-to-day activities,
  • sleep, or
  • general enjoyment of life.

Pain is more than just an unpleasant sensation. Raymond Gaeta, MD, associate professor of anaesthesia at the Stanford School of Medicine and director of pain management services at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, says pain is a hidden disease, receiving far less attention than other diseases.

Here’s good news:  music can alleviate chronic pain and depression

Listening to music can reduce chronic pain by up to 21 percent and depression by up to 25 percent, according to a paper in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Music can also make people feel more in control of their pain and less disabled by their condition.

The research established a strong link between music and depression. Researchers carried out a controlled clinical trial with sixty people, dividing them into music groups and a control group. People who listened to music for an hour every day for a week reported improved physical and psychological symptoms compared to the control group.

Dr. Lavine has been an innovator in the use of movement and touch to promote health since 1981. He practices in New York City and Princeton, NJ.

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