Fresh research from Austria has found that listening to music can help patients with chronic back pain.And a recent survey by Mind - the mental health charity - found that after counselling, patients found group therapy such as art and music therapy, the most useful.According to one piece of research, both these systems react sensitively to music.When slow rhythms are played, our blood pressure and heartbeat slow down which helps us breathe more slowly, thus reducing muscle tension in our neck, shoulders, stomach and back.To join CROSSPATHS, local singles register through Facebook and express themselves through a profile.
In other words when we feel pain, we become frightened, frustrated and angry which makes us tense up hundreds of muscles in our back.
In the study, 65 patients aged between 21 and 68 with chronic back pain after back surgery were divided into two groups.
One group received standard medical care and physiotherapy.
Clinical psychologist Franz Wendtner who led the study says: 'Music is an important part of our physical and emotional wellbeing - ever since we were babies in our mother's womb listening to her heartbeat and breathing rhythms.
'Listening to music for about 25 minutes everyday for at least ten days can help prevent back pain and also make you sleep better.'Which type of music is best?