Music a role in pain managment

  • 31-01-2010

For many years music has been widely incorporated in relaxation programmes as a means to help people de-stress and access a more relaxed state. However, its widespead use in the management of pain is less well established. Nevertheless extensive research has been performed to determine its affects on pain relief.


A Cochrane review by Cepeda et al., (2006) concluded that that listening to music has been shown to reduce pain intensity levels and opioid requirements. However, the authors cautioned that the clinical importance of this benefit is unclear as the magnitude of these benefits are small.


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Cepeda M., Carr D., Lau J., Alvarez H. (2006)

Music for pain relief.

Cochrane Collaberation, Cochrane Reviews

Online Reviews:

Accessed: 31st January 2010




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