The authors concluded that 'Future large-scale, controlled trials are necessary to compare its effectiveness with other interventions. Both women and men can benefit from the use of the application'.
Many, many more studies prove the benefits of music on lowering pain, anxiety levels and blood pressure, but how does it work? There don’t seem to be any definitive answers available now, but there are plenty of theories. One is simple – we feel less stressed and less pain when our brains are distracted. Or as Bradshaw and his fellow authors put it in Effects of music engagement on responses to painful stimulation, 'Engaging activities may prevent pain by creating competing constructions of reality that draw on the same processing resources as pain'.
Some studies say we benefit because the areas of our brain involved in reward and emotion is also implicated in processing music. Others point specifically to neural networks and signaling between the spinal cord and the brain.
Whatever the reason, the fact music helps is well documented, and no doubt further scientific investigation will one day uncover exactly how it does so.
Until then, rock on, #ysuTribe!