- Play Music
Music therapy is becoming the go-to, pre-surgical treatment to reduce anxiety. A spokesman for the American Music Therapy Association states that more hospitals are offering music as part of the patient’s surgical prep because it may reduce the need for sedatives.
Research published in The Lancet shows that surgical outcomes improve when the patient is allowed to listen to music before, during, or after the surgery. Music as medicine clearly reduces the stress response, lasting up to four hours after the procedure.
- Relaxation Techniques
Mind-body relaxation exercises decrease the stress naturally by changing the way your patient perceives the situation. Things like deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery are enough to transport the mind to a calming environment, relaxing the body at the same time.
Hospitals like the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center are creating audio programs that guide the patient through relaxation exercises prior to surgery. The result is decreased anxiety, improved healing, and potentially shorter hospital stays.
Most people feel at least some trepidation at the idea of having surgery. Finding ways to reduce that stress means happier and healthier patients.