Music therapy 'helps surgery patient relaxation and recovery'

20 November 2012

Music therapy could provide benefits for patients before, during and after a surgical procedure, scientists have found.

Research from the University of Kentucky revealed that musical therapy could reduce the pain and recovery time from an operation.

Patients who received music therapy were found to be less anxious before the procedure and recovered more quickly and satisfactorily after being exposed to music during and after the operation, according to the research published in the Southern Medical Journal.

Lead author Lori Gooding commented: "Music therapists have long known that music can be an effective tool to manage pain and anxiety."

Although the patient's musical tastes do need to be taken into consideration, music that is selected by people who have undergone training is preferred because certain guidelines should be followed that can maximise the positive effect on patients.

Calm, slow, gentle music was seen to have the most positive results in patients, and was successful at facilitating relaxation and improving pain reduction.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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