Everyone already knows that music sooths the soul, and now it is proven that music reduces anxiety and pain for those who have cancer. Researchers from a new study from Drexel University in Philadelphia systematically reviewed 30 studies that included 1,891 adult and children cancer patients. Most of the studies (17) had the cancer patients listened to prerecorded music. The rest of the studies had the people take some kind of guided music therapies such as playing an instrument or singing.
The researchers found that in all studies, music lowered the patients’ anxiety levels and increased their outlook in life more positively better than standard treatments. Some of the studies showed that music therapy was able to improved blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate levels. However, the researchers could not determine the type of music intervention was most effective.
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