How Do We Know Music Therapy Works?
One study showed a reduction in anxiety that was equal to an additional dose of a tranquilizer. The surgeons concluded that music could be used with success, especially when used in combination with a regional anesthesia.
Music also helped to reduce pre-surgery anxiety. Many studies have found that music is most useful to a client if it has been selected by, is preferred by and/or has meaning to the client.
A music therapist can work with a client to select the music that will be most beneficial for their situation.