Music Reduces Anxiety

Make listening to music while patients undergo a surgical procedure reduces anxiety and can even help your recovery, says a study.

Research carried out at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England, found that the quiet melodies and folk songs can have a calming effect on patients undergoing anesthesia who are awake during the operation.

Listen to the radio also helps, they add.

The study, published in Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons (Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons), followed the progress of 96 patients admitted to the hospital for minor surgery.

During operations, half of the patients listened to music, for example the transmission of a radio station or a selection of songs from a CD chosen by a surgical team member.

The other half of patients underwent the procedure under normal conditions of silence with which we operate.

Some of the others were scheduled surgeries were emergency operations.

After the procedure patients were asked to rate the degree of anxiety felt during the operation.

The group listened to music reported anxiety levels about 35% lower than the group that underwent surgery silence and also noted that during surgery were more relaxed breathing patterns, nearly 11 breaths per minute, compared to 13 breaths per minute between group silence.

These results confirm the findings of previous studies have shown that music helps to relieve pain and can also be a valuable tool to help patients on life support.

Experts know that stress can have a negative impact on the results of surgical operations and can prolong the recovery process.