Tune in and turn down the volume on pain.
Could music be a key resource for managing pain? The results of a survey on music and chronic pain are promising, according to psychologist and musician Prof Raymond MacDonald. Meanwhile, most of us are already using music to influence our own psychological wellbeing.
We don’t need to wait until the research is in, says Dr Don Knox – people in pain can already ‘build music into their everyday pain management strategies’. He explains why whether it’s Tchaikovsky or the Ramones, our own tunes make the biggest impact on pain.
Finally, Producer Paul Evans gets a singing lesson from composer Gareth Williams, who explains why most of us are not breathing well and how vocal exercises can help.
Contributors: * Raymond MacDonald, Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation, Edinburgh University *Dr Don Knox, Senior Audio Lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University * Gareth Williams, Composer, Edinburgh University
First broadcast 10.11.15