The Effects of Music on Neuromodulation of Pain Responses

Music therapy exploits connections between the central auditory system on the one hand, and multimodal, supramodal, and autonomic systems on the other, to modulate our individual experiences of pain. Anatomical, physiological, chemical, and functional features of these systems and their interrelationships are explored. Also reviewed will be randomized-controlled clinical trials demonstrating beneficial effects of music on pain, and ways to incorporate music into pain management protocols.

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