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    Music Linked to Pain Relief

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    Music has long been known to ease emotional pains, but now scientists are saying that it can help ease some physical ones, too.

    Music has long been known to ease emotional pains, but now scientists are saying that it can help ease some physical ones, too.

    In a study commissioned by a London pharmacy, researchers found that 4 in 10 people who qualified their pain as persistent said that listening to music gave them relief.

    Younger people reported even greater rates of success when calling upon a favorite song to soothe their aches.

    66 percent of participants between the ages of 16 to 24 said enjoying music was an effective pain management technique.

    Overall, some genres proved to have better results than others.

    Pop music was key for 21 percent of the survey takers. Classical and Indie Rock were neck and neck, getting 17 and 16 percent of the vote, respectively.

    As far as specific tunes, Simon and Garfunkel’s classic Bridge Over Troubled Water was named as one of the top often listened to and proven effective songs.

    Also popular were Elton John’s Candle in the Wind and Fleetwood Mac’s Albatross, an instrumental.

    One expert said that what it’s really about is finding something to fully capture one’s attention and keep the mind off of what’s hurting.