In the mid-1990ís, Mehmet C. Oz, MD, director of the complementary medicine program at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, headed up a study focused on evaluating the role of self-hypnosis relaxation techniques on patientsí pain thresholds and quality of life after having coronary artery-bypass surgery. Those using the techniques had less anxiety, anger and fatigue, and didnít need as much pain medication.
Patients anticipating surgery are taught guided
imagery and self-hypnosis techniques which help them to relax for some
of the less comfortable preoperative procedures. They visualize themselves
before, during and after surgery, feeling calm, trusting their physicians,
with minimum pain and swelling in the surgical area. They are given
tapes they can use before, during and after the surgery to reinforce the
techniques they have learned.
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