Start singing this weekend & you could sing your pain away
It might sound unlikely, but singing can help to reduce pain. Chronic pain is estimated to affect around 14 million people of all ages in England. For some, this impacts greatly on their quality of life causing emotional, psychological and behavioural changes.
Many people who suffer with chronic pain also experience low mood. There is evidence that similar neurotransmitters are involved in regulating both mood and pain. Each individual’s unique physical experience of pain can bring with it ‘secondary’ complications, such as long term absence from work or the loss of interest in hobbies due to inactivity and poor quality sleep. Eventually this can lead to increasing social isolation and withdrawal from previously enjoyable activities.
According to research people who liked singing had a significant drop in cortisol levels after doing so. Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, is released when you are put under pressure making your brain think that your pain has got worse.
The research shows that if you like singing you are likely to feel less pain afterwards. More importantly the research also suggests that if you are doing something you like there is a real possibility you can decrease your cortisol levels, and by doing so, you are able to decrease your pain too.
Therefore, it’s important to make time for your hobbies, and if that’s singing it’s a good idea to incorporate it into your daily life, whether that is singing in the shower or when you are washing up at the kitchen sink. Or you can join a choir, club or society that meets up to sing for fun or events. There is no better time to start than today.
The important thing to remember is if you are able to do something that helps you to feel happy and reduce those cortisol levels enough, you are more likely to have diminished pain levels too and that can only be a good thing. Of course, there will be days when your pain won’t go away. So do feel free to get in contact with us for further help and advice.