Music can reduce the perception of pain and can reduce the need for pharmaceuticals
"Self-report of and physiological measures on post-surgical patients indicate that music therapy or music stimulation reduces the perception of pain, both alone and when part of a multimodal pain management program, and can reduce the need for pharmaceutical interventions."
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Music interventions may improve psychological and physical outcomes in cancer patients
"This systematic review indicates that music interventions may have beneficial effects on anxiety, pain, mood, and Quality of Life in people with cancer. Furthermore, music may have a small effect on heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure..."
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Listening to music can speed up post-workout recovery
"...music hastens post exercise recovery and slow music has greater relaxation effect than fast or no music, recovery time being independent of the gender and individual music preference."
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Synchronized personalized music playlists shown to reduce perceived physical activity exertion and improve exercise performance
"Patients randomized to personalized audio-playlists with tempo-pace synchrony achieved higher weekly volumes of physical activity than did their non-music usual-care comparators (475.6 min vs. 370.2 min, P < 0.001)."
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