Pharmaceutical company develops music to help relieve pain

The developers say their new track "All of Us" can help relieve headaches for listeners.

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Illustration - Shutterstock

Co-creator Dr Claire Howlin at University College Dublin (Ireland) says they've worked with composer Anatole to create something that makes people feel empowered to escape pain.

As a result, “All of Us” was born, using instrumental, orchestral, and vocal elements to create a sense of wonder when listening. This tune was tested on 286 people experiencing acute pain such as headaches, back pain and general muscle pain.

The team says "All of Us" distracts from pain by persuading the brain to release a dose of the happiness hormone dopamine. The volunteers heard a clinically significant reduction in pain and discomfort. (Listen to "All of US" below)

This project, funded by pain medicine company Nurofen, aims to bring together experts in the fields of science, pain relief research and music.

“Creating music for scientific purposes is an interesting challenge for me,” says composer Anatole. According to his explanation, the "All Of Us" melody is very special because each note, beat and sound is designed to have a specific effect on the listener.

The comprehensive results of the project will be published in specialized journals in the near future. An additional study from Nurofen found that only 15% of 200 participants viewed music as a good way to relieve acute pain. They mainly refer to methods such as regular exercise, adequate sleep or breathing techniques.

However, 69% of respondents said they were interested in more holistic pain relief methods to use alongside over-the-counter medications. Additionally, 71% admit music has a positive impact on their general health. 74% believe that music has the power to change their emotional state.

Classical music and pop music are the two lines most people choose to listen to in case they feel pain and fatigue.

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