Medical Mysteries of Music

Hate the dentist? Then listen to this music while you’re waiting.

There’s been a new study of musical preferences carried out by a digital healthcare program called Tebra. What’s the best music for anxious patients waiting to see a doctor or dentist?

Overall, classical music is the best for calming nerves, followed by jazz, and then (believe it or not), lo-fi. But the study also narrowed things down to one uber-powerful song. This one.

Other best-songs-for-anxious-patients include Nelly Furtado’s “I’m Like a Bird,” “Africa” by Toto, and Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl.” Listening to songs like these before surgery/dentistry felt less anxious afterwards and needed much less in the way of pain medication.

Here’s the weirdest aspect of all this. If you going into surgery and you can have your favourite songs played while you’re being operated on, you will feel less pain when it’s all done. That’s even if the music is being played while your deep in a propofol general anesthetic state.

What genres should you avoid? Country, first and formost. That’s followed by pop and then (weirdly) classical.

More here.

Alan Cross

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