Listening to SLIPKNOT could ease your headache... but scientists say there's a catch

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  • Researchers recovered that listening to our preferred tracks tin thief trim pain
  • Canadian scientists recruited 63 group who received achy power to their arm 

By Xantha Leatham Deputy Science Editor For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:00 EDT, 25 October 2023 | Updated: 00:00 EDT, 25 October 2023

Whether it's Adele, Slipknot aliases nan Bee Gees, we each person our favourite type of music.

Now, researchers person recovered that listening to our preferred tracks tin thief trim nan emotion of pain.

Canadian scientists recruited 63 group who received moderately achy power to their soul forearm – a sensation akin to a basking teacup being held against nan skin.

During this, they listened to euphony excerpts which lasted astir 7 minutes.

Compared to power tracks aliases silence, listening to their favourite euphony powerfully reduced symptom strength and unpleasantness successful participants.

Whether it's Adele, Slipknot (pictured) aliases nan Bee Gees, we each person our favourite type of music

Canadian scientists recruited 63 group who received moderately achy power to their soul forearm – a sensation akin to a basking teacup being held against nan skin. Pictured: Adele 

Unfamiliar relaxing tracks, however, did not person nan aforesaid effect.

The researchers besides examined if philharmonic themes had an impact. To do this, they interviewed participants astir their affectional responses to their favourite euphony and assigned themes – energising aliases activating, happy aliases cheerful, calming aliases relaxing, and moving aliases bittersweet.

Those who knowledgeable moving aliases bittersweet emotions to their favourite tracks knowledgeable moreover little ratings of pain.

Author Darius Valevicius, from nan University of Montreal, said: 'In our study, we show that favourite euphony chosen by study participants has a overmuch larger effect connected acute thermal symptom simplification than unfamiliar relaxing music.

'We besides recovered that affectional responses play a very beardown domiciled successful predicting whether euphony will person an effect connected pain.

'We recovered that reports of moving aliases bittersweet affectional experiences look to consequence successful little ratings of symptom unpleasantness, which was driven by much aggravated enjoyment of nan euphony and much philharmonic chills.'

Decreased sensitivity to pain, besides known arsenic hypoalgesia, tin hap erstwhile nan emotion of symptom is blocked earlier it is recognised by nan brain.

The researchers said that, though it is not yet wholly understood what philharmonic chills are, they look to constituent to a neurophysiological process that is effective astatine blocking symptom signals.

In immoderate group chills tin manifest arsenic a tingling sensation, shivers aliases goosebumps.

The squad besides pointed to limitations of their study, specified arsenic really agelong participants perceive to euphony samples.

They said listening to relaxing euphony for longer mightiness person stronger effects than nan shorter tracks nan participants listened to.

Mr Valevicius added: 'Especially erstwhile it comes to nan emotion themes successful favourite euphony for illustration moving/bittersweet, we are exploring caller dimensions of nan psychology of euphony listening that person not been well-studied, particularly successful nan discourse of symptom relief.

'As a result, nan information we person disposable is limited, though nan preliminary results are reasonably strong.'

The findings were published successful nan diary Frontiers successful Pain Research.