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Airing Pain 11: Music and Knitting

Paul Evans learns to knit, and how music can be used for pain relief

Paul Evans gets a knit­ting les­son when he vis­its the Stitch­links group in Bath, where peo­ple use craft activ­i­ties to man­age their pain. Bet­san Corkhill and Mike Osbourne talk about the med­ical sci­ence behind it, while the knit­ting group talk about their own expe­ri­ences. We also meet Dr Lau­ra Mitchell who sub­jects vol­un­teers to pain tol­er­ance test­ing to see how music can help relieve feel­ings of pain.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Music, knit­ting, mind­ful­ness, arts and crafts, pain per­cep­tion, social con­tact, group pro­gramme, med­i­ta­tive state, PTSD, psy­chol­o­gy research, alter­na­tive ther­a­py, con­fi­dence and relaxation.


  • Bet­san Corkhill, Stitchlinks
  • Dr Mike Osborn, The Sci­ence of Stitchlinks
  • Stitch­links Mem­bers, Their Experiences
  • Dr Lau­ra Mitchell, Music and Pain.


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