Relaxation and Music Therapy for Post-operative Pain

Relaxation and Music Therapy for Post-operative Pain

Today we’re talking about healing music and its use in music therapy in the treatment of post-operative pain. Music can be used for therapeutic purpose, as we have seen. The fact that music can do wonders for patients is already proven at many times. Especially those who are scheduled for a surgery can be greatly relieved with the help of music therapy. According to the researchers of University of Kentucky, certain healing music can reduce the patients’ pain and aid in their recovery. It can be beneficial for patients before, during and after the surgical procedure. At all the three stages, patients who were exposed to music were less anxious, needed less sedative medication and recovered quickly. Moreover, they are found to have witnessed much satisfaction in their medical experience.

However, there have been varying opinions about the kind of music the patients should listen to at such hours. While some says that listening to classical music could give better result, modern studies emphasizes on the patients’ musical taste. Such healing music is usually selected by trained personnel as their expertise in this matter is unparallel. They are able to yield more positive result by following certain guidelines of an effective music therapy.  Professional music therapists are the ones who are dedicatedly involved in this type of advanced medical therapy. They use musical interventions on a regular basis to help patients fight with the pain and anxiety at all levels.

With the rising popularity of such musical treatment to patients followed by success stories, more and more people are now putting their faith in music therapy indeed. Whether it is the pre-operative anxiety or the post-operative pain, music can pacify the tension to great levels. Many researchers say that it is wise to offer multiple playlists to the patients so that they can easily choose something which satisfies their musical taste. Of course, the rhythm, tempo, volume of the music should be cautiously controlled and monitored by the music therapists if they want to maximize its effect upon the patients.

The researchers of University of Kentucky found that slow, calm, gentle music had more positive effect in facilitating relaxation and reducing post-operative pain in the patients. Live performance seems to work better than recorded music in most cases. If carefully managed, music therapy can positively affect brain activity as well as the cognitive and vegetative functions of the humans.  It can also be applied to creating a soothing and pleasant environment in any work zone, waiting rooms in hospitals etc. That means, healing music can regulate a person’s state of mind. However, it is not just the psychological effect but a deep physiological change that occurs in the patients’ body while they listen to healing music.

Many researchers believe that an effective music therapy can reduce the cost and length of the patient’s stay in the intensive care unit. Lots of patients who have multiple sclerosis and other ailments can be helped by using drum circles to boost their immune system and reduce their stress. This comes to the point that the power of healing music in relieving anxiety and post-operative pain is nonetheless indubitable.