A review of more than 7000 patients has found listening to music before, during and after surgery reduces pain, anxiety and even the need for pain medication.Even patients who had music played to them while they were under general anaesthetic benefited – prompting the researchers to call for all hospitals to offer personalised music selections to people having surgery.AdvertisementExperts say music is just one of many often-ignored non-drug treatments that can make a huge difference to a wide range of conditions.

Source: Music improves recovery and lowers pain after surgery, says study published in the Lancet