Aug 14, 2015

    Music soothes surgery pain, says study


    LISTENING to music before, after and even during surgery reduces anxiety and the need for painkillers, according to a study published on Wednesday.

    In a review of more than 70 clinical trials involving nearly 7,000 patients, researchers found music to be a powerful analgesic under almost all circumstances.

    On a scale of one to 10, post-operative pain was reduced on average by about a fifth compared to standard treatment, said lead author Catherine Meads of Brunel University in Uxbridge, England.

    The benefits held true regardless of the kind of music or who selected it. The sampling covered all types of procedures except surgery on the brain or central nervous system.