The latest study confirms what has been known since music was first played during operations in 1914 – although there are some claims that Florence Nightingale used it even earlier.
Basically listening to your favourite music makes you feel calmer and reduces your pain levels. It works better when you are conscious but also when you are under a general anaesthetic. That means you need less pain-reducing medication and recover faster although there is no evidence it reduces your length of stay in hospital..
The research was published in The Lancet and based on data from 72 trials involving over 7,000 patients. The authors suggest that all patients undergoing surgery should be given the opportunity to listen to music as it’s a cheap, non-invasive, intervention which works.
As Martin Luther King sais “My heart has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary“