Does electronic music have some âhealingâ qualities for those with severe pain?
That’s a question the team at Nurofen, a developer of fast-acting, over-the-counter pain relievers, set out to answer. The company commissioned Dr Claire Howlin, a psychology researcher at University College Dublin, to analyze the relationship between music and pain relief.
While Howlin had a plan for a track that she believed could help ease the natural pain of patients with headaches, backs, and other acute conditions, she needed a music producer to perform vision. Enter Anatole, a classically trained musician who had the talent to bring the resulting work, “All Of Us” to life.
As MusicRadar note, “All Of Me” met the threshold to demonstrate statistical significance in reducing common body pain. The song is, of course, pleasing to the ears. After listening to the ambient mix of delicate bells, languid strings, and voluminous soundscapes, subjects anecdotally reported feeling “transported” to a serene mental state, where they could escape the unwavering focus on their pain.
âMusic has the ability to give people a big explosion of dopamine in their neural reward network,â Dr. Howlin said. “This track reduced both pain intensity and unpleasantness, and getting an effect of this size for a completely unfamiliar track really highlights the potential of creating specific pieces of music for pain management.”
Ultimately, however, many of the 286 subjects tested would have the opportunity to experience relief even after the song ended, with many reporting a decrease in their pain after listening to the entire song.