Music Eases Chronic Pain of Fibromyalgia by Changing ‘Pain Matrix’ of Brain, Study Suggests

Music Eases Chronic Pain of Fibromyalgia by Changing ‘Pain Matrix’ of Brain, Study Suggests
Listening to music eases pain in people with fibromyalgia (FM) by lowering brain activity related to pain and inducing activity that helps to distract, relax, and foster positive emotions, a study suggests. The study, “Functional connectivity of music-induced analgesia in fibromyalgia,” was published in the journal Nature Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain syndrome accompanied by fatigue, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and memory issues. Research suggests that pain signals are amplified in people with FM, making them more sensitive to pain and other types of input such as noise.  Brain scans of fibromyalgia patients using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) — which identifies active areas of the brain by increased blood flow — have shown that these people have alterations in brain areas involved in pain intensity, pain processing, and lack of pain inhibitory capabilities.  Studies also suggest that music can lower perceptions of pain in people with chronic pain condi
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