Earlier last month, Dr. Rosalie Kühlmann and her team of researchers have published a study in the British Journal of Surgery (BJS) connecting music to relieving anxiety and pain for patients going through surgeries.
According to the study, recent data has shown that 75% of patients are anxious pre-surgery despite the measures taken to decrease it. They noted approximately 40-65% of patients who had preoperative anxiety have also experienced moderate to severe post-surgery pain.
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
- Bob Marley
The researchers found that listening to music has been associated with lower anxiety and pain levels, more significant when there is a music intervention before the operation. They stressed that having music intervention during and after the surgery also helps with anxiety.
After conducting studies on over 7,000 patients, they have found that it doesn't matter what genre of music you choose. Although they have mentioned that the use of specific instruments such as strings and the rhythm and harmony play a big part on the effects, they believe selecting music based on the patient's individual preference would be better.
Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of The Moon' sounds like the perfect album for calming preoperative nerves. But if you'd like, you could be very well rocking to AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' on repeat throughout your surgery and come out from the other end of the tunnel feeling great.