Scientists Believe Music Can Act As A Painkiller After Surgery

We all know how powerful music can be for the mind, body and soul. Bringing elderly people back to their golden days in the midst of dementia or Alzheimer’s, helping you through a tough breakup or being a defining highlight or your teenage angst years are just a few that come to mind.

Recently, some new data and findings have come to light that suggests listening to music before, during and after an operations has proven to be an adequate painkiller. Out of a case study involving 7,000 patients, results concluded that those permitted to listen to their music library saw a decrease in pain levels and medication needed to control said pain.

Other positive results have surfaced from these experiments as well. Scientists at Queen Mary University and Brunel University of London came to the conclusion that listening to music in the time surrounding the procedures also yielded positive results in reducing anxiety and overall higher satisfaction with the procedure. All of these findings came from looking at how listening to music compares with standard care practices with Dr. Catherine Meads from Brunel University, co-author of the research, said the information found during the trials could be useful for patients: “Music is a non-invasive, safe and cheap intervention that should be available to everyone undergoing surgery.”

Further research will be conducted in a pilot stage at the Royal London Hospital by having patients undergoing caesaren sections and hysteroscopy compile a playlists of the favorite tracks and having them transmitted during the procedures to a pillow with built-in speakers.

Unfortunately, another recent study suggested that surgeons who listen to electronic music in the operating room could be putting their patients at risk, so music isn’t always a positive thing in the medical world.

Source: Fact