The health service now recognise music therapy in the same way that they do physical and occupational therapy as treatments for arthritis and are using music for those who have arthritis to bring pain relief, reduce stress and anxiety and bring positive changes to both the emotional state and mood.
A study recruited sixty patients from chiropractic and pain clinics in Ohio. These individuals had suffered from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and disc problems for over six years.
The music group reported up to twenty one percent less pain whereas the control groups pain had increased by up to two percent. Additionally twenty five percent less depression was reported in the music group when compared to the control group.
The music group said they felt up to eighteen percent less disabled than the control group and that they had up to eight percent more control over their pain.
They concluded that listening to music could be used in treatments for arthritis to promote several positive benefits.