Underlying Music Mechanisms Influencing the Neurology of Pain: An Integrative Model

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Pain is often debilitating, and is associated with many pathologies, as either a cause or consequence. Pharmacological interventions, such as opioids, to manage pain may lead to potential problems, such as addiction. When pain is controlled and managed, it can prevent negative associated outcomes affiliated with disease. Music is a low-cost option that shows promise in the management of painful circumstances. Music therapy has provided potent options for pain relief across a variety of ages and populations. As a nonpharmacological alternative or complement lacking side effects, music interventions are growing in clinical application and research protocols. This article considers the neurological implications of varying kinds of pain to provide working considerations that preempt the use of music and music-therapy applications in treating pain.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1317
JournalBrain Sciences
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2022


  • chronic pain
  • music medicine
  • music therapy
  • pain management
  • palliative music


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