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Published on February 27th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

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Music and Your Colonoscopy

It’s long been known that music can have a powerful therapeutic effect.  Music can not only help the body heal itself, but it can also help decrease pain. 

These are facts–but how does it work?  Scientists now believe that sound stimuli can increase the levels of endorphins in the bloodstream.  Endorphins are naturally-occurring morphine-like chemicals that dull the body’s sensitivity to pain. 

Now here’s the weird part.  We hear a lot about the importance of colonoscopies in order to detect cancers early.  But many people balk at this because the procedure is rather uncomfortable.  However, a new study has indicated that the whole ordeal is much more tolerable if the patient’s favourite music is played in the examination room. 

The endorphins created by the music overcome the discomfort of the procedure to the point where blood pressure and heart rate stay normal.  Do what you will with this information.  If could save your life one day.


About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.



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