Reiki for Pain Management

reiki for pain

More info on energy work. People still ask me about Reiki (probably the most popular form of energy work), and I still have a tough time explaining it, but I came across a study done recently that I’m going to share with you: It was published in the November/December 2016 issue of Holistic Nursing Practice, and was conducted to determine the effects of Reiki for pain and vital signs when Reiki was applied for 15 minutes to the incision area of the post-cesarean patient. In a single blinded, randomized, double controlled study, 45 patients were randomly assigned to Reiki, sham Reiki (placebo), and control groups.

Reiki was applied for 15 minutes to the incision area of the body in the first 24-48 hours after the operation and within 4-8 hours of the application of standard analgesics. A reduction in pain was determined in the Reiki group. Patients were also observed to use fewer analgesics throughout the study and not need them as soon after the Reiki for pain treatment as did the sham Reiki and control groups! Cool! I may not be able to exactly explain Reiki, but here’s a concrete study to show that it works!

Definitely something to consider! We don’t always need to know how things work in order for them to be effective.

Massage therapy is another excellent form of treatment for pain. If you find yourself in need of some pain relief, contact me to schedule an appointment at my downtown Glens Falls office. Please remember I’ve never had a week where someone didn’t have to shift their appointment, so give me a call at 744-2315 if you’d like me to contact you in the event of a cancellation!

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