The use of music have been studied and found to have positive effects for post-operative pain, cancer-related pain, chronic osteoarthritis, myocardial infarction
Most research finds that the effect of music on pain varies person to person; one citing 75% of people having at least some response and 47% having a "moderate or great response," however, research is not a guide to selecting what type of music has the best analgesic effect as there is no consensus. In one post-operative pain study it was reported that "Instrumental music with slow, flowing rhythms that duplicate a pulse rate of 60–80 beats.min−1 is generally thought to be relaxing"
Music therapy is an easy to add to a treatment plan, is relatively inexpensive, and is noninvasive, so consider adding some music to your lide to reduce your pain. Quiet, uninterrupted time to listen to the music of your choice can give you a break from stress.
Pop in a CD or download some digital tunes, set aside some time, focus on yourself on the beat of the music. Almost free, and may reduce your pain and the amount of pain-meds you take - saving you money.
If you are interested in some free music downloads, here's a few that are targeted towards relaxation:
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The Anxiety- and Pain-Reducing Effects of Music Interventions: A Systematic Review Nilsson, Ulrica AORN Journal , Volume 87 , Issue 4 , 780
Nilsson, U., Rawal, N. and Unosson, M. (2003),A comparison of intra-operative or postoperative exposure to music – a controlled trial of the effects on postoperative pain. Anaesthesia, 58: 699–703. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2044.2003.03189_4.x