IAU Researchers Discover Music Therapy Astounding Effect on IBS

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 11:40

Researchers from North Tehran Islamic Azad University have investigated the effect of music therapy on patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and found it as a useful technique on decreasing anxiety and diarrhea which improves quality of life of these patients.

According to an ISCA report, Jinous Arvand in cooperation with Ashraf Sakhayi and Hooshang Jadidi investigated the “Efficacy of music therapy on anxiety and diarrhea among patients with irritable bowel syndrome.”

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. Signs and symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both. Only a small number of people with IBS have severe signs and symptoms. Some people can control their symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle and stress. More-severe symptoms can be treated with medication and counseling.

Based on the research, currently, music therapy is used for many somatic and psychological disorders therefore, researchers evaluated efficacy of music therapy on anxiety and diarrhea among patients with IBS.

In this quasi experimental study, 80 female IBS patients with age of 30-45 years were randomly assigned into two groups of intervention who continued drugs prescribed by physician. Intervention group received music therapy in groups of 8-10 people. Immediately before and at the end of study, all patients fulfilled Beck anxiety inventory and were asked for frequency of diarrhea. Data were analyzed by ANCOVA using SPSS-ver20 software.

This study showed that music therapy is a useful technique on decreasing anxiety and diarrhea in IBS patients and improves quality of life of these patients.

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