Music and Sound Modalities to Enhance Pain Management

Susan O. Wagner, DVM, MS


Issue: Volume 68 Fall 2022

Online Publication Date: 6 October 2022


Music and sound vibration therapies are gaining popularity in the human health and veterinary fields. The vast majority of work being described in the medical literature is related to the mood-modulating effects of music therapy; however, a recent trend in acoustic research involves pain management. Clinical studies in humans have shown that music-induced analgesia is effective, with or without concurrent relaxation. Nervous system diagnostics are revealing the mechanisms by which sound affects the pain network and how it can be used to return this network to a more normal state. Given that music and sound therapies are cost-effective and safe and can be administered by pet owners, using them for acute and chronic pain patients offers an additional and valuable approach to pain management.