Music, Time, and Chronic Pain: A Qualitative Case Study

Document Type

Poster Session

Presentation Date


Conference Name

3rd International Congress on Naturopathic Medicine

Conference Location

Barcelona, Spain

Peer Review



A woman, here identified as Colleen, suffering from chronic, unresolvable back pain from failed surgery participated in music therapy utilizing the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (BMGIM). Through this depth therapy process, she was able to make contact with unconscious material that paralleled her perception of pain and its impact on her life. Music was used to intensify feelings of “stuckness” and to encourage a recalibration of the internal sense of time as psychological issues were recognized and worked-through, resulting in a significant decrease in prescription medication usage, a return to normal everyday activities, and a renewed sense of meaning and value in daily life experiences.


Music Therapy

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