especially when the patient has the option to choose the music he or she likes.
The study found that patients who underwent surgeries who listened to music had lower levels of pain and anxiety, had a regular heartbeat, and had lower blood pressure relative to those who did not listen to music.
The benefits of listening to music increase when patients choose their favorite compositions.
Many patients carry their smartphones with their favorite songs recorded, so informing them before the scheduled surgeries of the positive effects of music on their health may represent an inexpensive intervention that may speed up Of those recovering.
To assess the impact of music on surgeries, Fitter and her research team analyzed data from dozens of studies over 15 years, of which 26 examined the effect of music before surgery, 25 during surgery in the operating room, and 25 after surgery during the recovery period.
Overall, listening to music contributed to a decrease in the sensation of pain by approximately 31%, a decrease in the use of pain relievers by 29%, and a reduction in signs of anxiety by 34%.
Moreover, listening to music was associated with a 40% drop in blood pressure and a 27% arrhythmia.
When the patients chose the songs they preferred, the benefits of that increased, they had 35% lower levels of pain, while the pain level decreased by 26% when the researchers chose music for the patients, the researchers reported.
When patients chose music themselves, anxiety decreased by 47%, when this drop was only 6% when researchers chose the type of music.