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Sing Your Pain Away

Sing your pain away!

Sounds flippant doesn’t it. Or if your singing is anything like mine it sounds blooming awful! But it works. Research last year showed that people who liked singing had a significant drop in cortisol levels after doing so.

What does that mean?

Well, cortisol is often called the stress hormone. It is released when you are under pressure and it can make your brain think your pain has got worse.

The singing research shows that if you like singing you are likely to feel less pain after singing. Currently there is no research into whether you’ll feel better if you don’t like singing, but let’s face it, when you’re in pain you’ll try anything.

More importantly the research would suggest that if you are doing something you like there is a real possibility you can decrease your cortisol levels, which can then decrease your pain.

So, what do you like doing? Are you making time for your hobbies? If singing is your thing are you able to sing on your way to work? Or in the shower? Or while you make dinner?

Of course singing isn’t actually going to fix an injury or cure the common cold. But if you’re in pain from an injury, or worse, if you suffer from chronic pain, then this is still great news. Singing is free, needs no equipment and providing you don’t have a sore throat it cannot cause any damage.

So, if you’re in pain start singing (if you love singing). Dance, if you want to. Try to make sure that you’re doing something that makes you feel happy to reduce your cortisol levels. And if the pain still doesn’t go away? Call us! It’s what we do every day!

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