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Music can reduce pain for young patients.

Listening to Music Can Reduce Pain

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Next time you’re in pain, skip the medicine and slip on some headphones.

 

A study at Northwestern University followed 60 children (from 9- to 14-year-olds) who were in the hospital following a surgery. Doctors allowed one group of pediatric patients to listen to any music of their choosing (pop, country, rock) while a second group were allowed listen to audio books and a third group sat in silence with noise-cancelling headphones.

 

The children who listened to at least 30 minutes of music or audiobooks reported feeling less pain while those who listened to nothing experienced no reduction in pain. Given that powerful painkillers can cause breathing problems in young children, the medical community is always in search of ways to alleviate pain for their youngest patients. The latest discovery can be a powerful tool.

 

Dr. Santhanam Suresh, a professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics told HealthDay News: “There is a certain amount of learning that goes on with pain. The idea is, if you don’t think about it, maybe you won’t experience it as much. We are trying to cheat the brain a little bit. We are trying to refocus mental channels on to something else.”

 

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