Listening to jazz may ease post-surgery recovery


  • Wellness
  • Monday, 20 Oct 2014

Patients who listen to jazz after undergoing surgery could lower their heart rates and consequently experience less anxiety, says study.

For post-operative pain management, researchers say at the Anesthesiology 2014 annual meeting in New Orleans, noise cancellation headphones can help.

“The thought of having a surgical procedure – in addition to the fears associated with anaesthesia – creates emotional stress and anxiety for many patients,” says lead study author Dr Flower Austin, D.O., anaesthesiology resident at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. “Physician anaesthesiologists provide patients with pain relief medication right after surgery. But some of these medications can cause significant side effects.”

Austin and his team worked with patients undergoing elective hysterectomies and assigned half of them to listen to jazz upon recovery and the other half to wear noise cancellation headphones post-op.

Heart rate, blood pressure, pain and anxiety levels were surveyed for 30 minutes with the first readings after surgery being used as a baseline measurement.

Both groups’ heart rates decreased significantly, although the jazz group’s heart rate was lower after 20 minutes than that of the noise cancellation group. The latter felt less pain than the former after 10 minutes, however.

“The goal is to find out how we can incorporate this into our care,” says Dr Austin. “We need to determine what kind of music works best, when we should play it and when silence is best. But it’s clear that music as well as silence are cost effective, non-invasive and may increase patient satisfaction.” – AFP/Relaxnews

There is a soothing quality in jazz that may help calm patients. In fact, a dose of jazz at the end of a work day may do wonders for your mood too. Play the two videos below and feel the stress of the day melt away. 

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