Should we give up on music?

 There are a number of reasons to say no. Firstly, there was a signficant effect of both music and the environmental noise on pain compared to the control. This suggests that music (& similar sounds) may have an important role in pain management that we need to investigate further. Secondly, consider the study by Mitchell, et al. 2006 who showed that music has a superior analgesic effect compared to mental arithmetic.

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