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Suffering from chronic arthritis pain? It might be time for a little Mozart.

Sixty-six elderly arthritis patients took part in a study recently reported in the Journal of Advanced Nursing. Half of the participants sat quietly and listened to 20 minutes of Mozart tunes each day for two weeks. The other half just sat quietly, or read something, for the same period of time. Those in the music group experienced steadily decreasing pain scores over the 14 days, while those in the control group did not. Music, it seems, can calm the savage beast of arthritis pain as well.

So along with other pain-management techniques such as exercise and your doctor’s advice, don’t overlook the soothing, pain-reducing potential of music.

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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, September/October 2004. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines


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