Stress-Reducing Effects of the Medical
Resonance Therapy Music?
The Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the
International conference on SOCIETY, STRESS and HEALTH
Moscow, The Academy of Sciences, Anokhin Institute of Normal Physiology
Presentation: Prof. Dr. med. G. Gerassimowitsch /Prof. Dr. med. W.
Sidorenko, Medical University, Minsk
Compared to conventional treatment with drugs, Medical Resonance Therapy
Music has proven itself to be four times more effective in respect of
the reduction of the psycho-physiological manifestations of stress in
female patients who undergo gynecological surgery. Due to its superior
effectiveness, Medical Resonance Therapy Music also reduced the length
of hospital stay by 20-25%. Furthermore, it also has proven itself eight
times as effective as conventional treatment in respect of the
improvement in the psychological status and has led to the restoration
of normal mental functions in patients who had exhibited a disturbed
Key words: Medical Resonance Therapy Music, pre-operative stress,
post-operative stress, stress-reducing therapy, cortisol, length of
hospital stay, sedatives, hypnotics, psychological status
High stress levels in post-operative patients are associated with a mass
of negative health and socio-economic consequences. This applies
particularly to the extent of the pre- and post-operative stress in
women who undergo gynecological surgery.
Stress-related problems are commonly treated with numerous medications,
including tranquillizers, hypnotics and analgesics. These can, however,
have undesired side-effects and, in some cases, lead to long-lasting
It was already recognized a considerable time ago that music can reduce
stress and pain and improve the mood. It has now been shown that here
the Medical Resonance Therapy Music by the classical composer and
musicologist Peter Hübner offers unique advantages – a recognition which
is supported by the extensive experience gained in various set-ups for
experiments commissioned in the last 5 years including, amongst others,
studies in Minsk, Belarus.
The Medical Resonance Therapy Music method is based on nature orientated
and holistic principles, first described by the Greek scholar
Pythagoras. The effect of these principles has now been enhanced through
the application of highly developed technology which makes use of the
latest advances in computer technology for musical synthesis.
During the past years, Medical Resonance Therapy Music has been
successfully used as the main method of stress-reduction before and
after operations for many different disorders and under various clinical
In order to obtain objective substantiation for the numerous concurring
reports about the subjectively experienced beneficial effects of Medical
Resonance Therapy Music, scientific studies were ultimately carried out.
These studies were also intended to find out ways in which, through a
better understanding of the active mechanisms involved in the
physiology, one might increase the effectiveness of the method still
In the study presented, Medical Resonance Therapy Music was used for
women before and after a gynecological operation, and compared with a
control group which received conventional treatment with drugs. The
cortisol level was determined on the day of admission, on the day of the
operation and 10-12 days after the operation.
A significant degree of superiority of Medical Resonance Therapy Music
over the medication could also be observed in the post-operative phase,
where the cortisol levels in the control group were lowered by a factor
of 1.7, compared with a factor of 2.4 in the Medical Resonance Therapy
The female patients were also evaluated in respect of their emotional
status, for which purpose the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Index (MMPI)
was applied. This showed considerable individual differences, which
ranged from normal up to severe psycho-pathological levels. In some
cases the level of individual profile peaks was as high as 90 t-points.
In the Medical Resonance Therapy Music Group, the psychological status
improved in 88.9% of the patients, compared to a mere 10% improvement in
the control group. The psychological status deteriorated in 11.1% of the
patients in the Music Therapy group and in 20% of the control group.
After cessation of the treatment with Medical Resonance Therapy Music,
the MMPI level never went above 50-55 t-points, indicating a
normalization of the psychological status. There were also fewer
complications arising in the Music Therapy group, and the length of stay
in hospital for this group was shortened by 2-3 days.
In respect of the stress-reducing effects of the Medical Resonance
Therapy Music by the classical composer and musicologist Peter Hübner,
our experiences in Belarus thus substantiate the reports of other
colleagues. This is particularly true in the case of patients undergoing
surgery, and here the method offers various medical and socio-economic
These include an excellent release of stress-related symptoms, an
improved psychological status, avoidance of costs, side-effects and
long-term damage associated with medicinal therapy, as well as a
significantly reduced stay in hospital. We believe that the unusual
cost-effectiveness of this new method of therapy opens up significant
possibilities, particularly where finances tend to be limited.