Music Provided Through a Portable Media Player (ipod) Blunts Pain During Physical Therapy


Pain Management Nursing




This research studied, 25 adult patients who underwent physical therapy to assess the analgesic effect of distraction with the use of music during physical therapy. Patients randomly underwent physical therapy once with music provided by an iPod and once without music. In both sessions patients underwent identical physical procedures. At end of both sessions patients filled in 5-item questionnaire where they scored pain and other parameters, such as stress, enjoyment, interaction, and satisfaction, on 10-cm visual analog scale. The mean scores (range, 0-10) of the two sessions were statistically compared. Mean pain scores were significantly lower (p = .031) during the session in which patients received music (4.8 +/- 2.5) than during the session without music (5.8 +/- 2.3). The other items of the questionnaire did not disclose any statistically significant difference when the sessions with versus without music were compared. Enjoyment (8.5 +/- 1.6), interaction (8.3 +/- 1.9), and satisfaction (8.6 +/- 1.7) scores with music did not significantly differ in the sessions without music (8.5 +/- 2.1, 8.5 +/- 1.9, and, 8.5 +/- 1.5, respectively); mean stress score was, 3.9 in both sessions. The conclusion of the study is that music provided through a portable media player has an analgesic effect. This can be an effective analgesic strategy during painful physical therapy.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Mental Health; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Pain; Pain Management and Control; Pain Score or Rating; Patient Satisfaction; Physical Therapy; Procedural Pain; Questionnaires; Recorded Music Listening; Self-Report Measures; Stress; Visual Analog Scale (VAS)

Indexed Terms

Acute Pain; Analgesia; Chronic Pain; MP3-Player; Pain Management; Patient Satisfaction; Physical Therapy Modalities; Stress; Surveys and Questionnaires

Study Type

Quasi-Experimental Study; Quantitative Methods

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