Going into surgery? The music that your surgeons might be listening to might not register, but it might be having some effect on how the procedure goes.
Music is played roughly 62-72 percent of the time in the operating room, reports in 2014 from the BMJ stated, classical being the most favoured.
Roughly 80 percent of operating room staff say that music benefits cooperation between team members, reduces anxiety levels and improves efficiency. Research has also suggested that music may improve surgeons’ task focus. Not only that, playing music and soothing rhythms to patients BEFORE surgery can even help them with the process. Anaesthetists say that these patients seem to require LESS of the anaesthetics. And playing music after surgery, helps the body heal faster, too.
In the early 1900s, Pennsylvania surgeon Evan Kane proposed the use of the “phonograph in the operating room,” which provided a means of “calming and distracting the patient from the horror of the situation,” according to the BMJ report.
Both Surgeon and patient need to be calm and focused since the operation is an act where both souls need to be in harmony. If distractions, fear and anxiety or other problems play on the mind, this can affect the surgery itself.
From a series of reports: “A 2009 study of 372 patients found that playing relaxing melodies that mimicked the resting heart rate was more effective than standard pharmaceutical interventions in reducing anxiety before patients went under anesthesia.
A growing body of research has also suggested that music’s healing properties extend to pain relief. A 2012 study from the Pain Research Center at the University of Utah found that participants who actively focused on various melodies while receiving mildly painful electric shocks reduced pain levels by 17 percent. Research conducted in Singapore also found that palliative care patients who participated in live music therapy reported relief from persistent pain.”
We have designed our MindTracks to assist in reaching this relaxed state so that the body can help heal itself – which it does so remarkably well when we let it!