Can meditation really help patients at your therapy sessions? Yes.
Thoughtful meditation can create inner depth and peacefulness and make therapy sessions more productive. How does it work?
How Can Meditation Help?
Patients who arrive for their appointment with tension from a stressful day a work, a restless night, or disturbing personal issues often cannot relax enough to have a productive therapy session. Stress can prevent patients from focusing on your attempts to educate them about their condition and the exercises or lifestyle changes are needed to improve it. Meditation is purposeful thinking. If your patients meditate on something positive before they receive therapy, it can redirect their thoughts so they can relax and get the most out of your session.
Methods to Help Patients Relax
There are several things you can provide to help your patients refocus and reduce stress during physical therapy, including:
Bring nature to your therapy table. An April 2016 article in Business Insider cites multiple studies that show the environment has a powerful impact on reducing stress and inflammation and promoting well-being. Show your patient several photos of nature scenes. Ask him or her to choose one and mentally and emotionally explore the surroundings. Patients who can see themselves in a nature scene before physical therapy are in a positive mental state that makes them more receptive to therapy and education.
Certain essential oils can reduce anxiety. If you diffuse them in the therapy room, ask your patient to breathe slowly and deeply. The positive aroma can complement your patients’ meditation on nature scenes and enhance relaxation.
Ask patients to visualize the effects of the therapy. As you work on your patient, explain what each manipulation will accomplish. For example, ask your patient tovisualize the back muscles and nerves gently stretching to reduce pain. This method will help your patient cooperate with your manipulations and not resist them.
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