Can Reiki Help Chronic Pain Sufferers?

Reiki Therapy for Chronic Pain Patients

Reiki is an ancient Japanese form of touch therapy that is similar to massage and has demonstrated genuine benefits for chronic pain sufferers.

Reiki is a form of alternative medicine. During a session, healing energy is channeled by the practitioner to the patient in order to boost energy, decrease stress, reduce fatigue as well as chronic pain symptoms.

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How does reiki work?

Reiki practitioners claim that healing works by creating a channel between the healer and the pain sufferer in order to transfer energy that can restore the physical and mental health of the body. It is believed that Reiki will release energy flows and enable the pain sufferers body to naturally heal on its own.

The energy work primarily concentrates on the seven main energy centers which are called chakras. In a healthy body, energy should be freely flowing through the chakras in order that you are in spiritual, physical and mental harmony.

Disharmony occurs when these energy paths are blocked, which will result in the experience of illness or pain.

What is a reiki session like?

  • Typical Reiki treatments usually last for an hour with multiple sessions recommended by most practitioners.
  • During a Reiki session, the practitioner will lay their hands over, or slightly on, certain areas of the pain sufferers body. The energy that is transmitted by this positioning of hands is the mechanism of healing.
  • Chronic pain sufferers will experience relaxed muscles as energy flow is unblocked. They will feel reduction in physical tension and pain as well as the release of difficult emotional feelings.
  • At the end of the session most people experience dramatic reductions in pain and feelings of heightened relaxation.

What does research say about reiki and chronic pain?

The International Journal of Behavioral Medicine study did a review of 66 clinical trials of biofield therapies, which is the name that Reiki sometimes goes by.

Their conclusion was that there was strong and significant evidence that biofield therapies can help to decrease pain intensity in general and slightly weaker, more moderate, evidence that biofield therapies have the ability to decrease the experience of pain for individuals to are in the hospital or were suffering from cancer.

Another scientific study that reviewed 24 clinical trials involving touch therapies determined that Reiki was the most effective biofield modality for reducing pain.

What are the benefits of reiki for chronic pain?

One of the great benefits of Reiki is that it is an intervention with minimal to no side effects.

This would make sense, since practitioners often times to not even touch the patients that they are treating. This is an especially convenient solution for people suffering from chronic pain, who often times are extremely sensitive to touch.

As well, the healing touch can pass through clothing as well as medical equipment like bandages, plaster casts and braces.

How to find a quality reiki practitioner?

Perhaps the most difficult aspect in your consideration of Reiki will be sourcing a quality practitioner.

You may want to rely on a reference because there are no valid certifications at this point in time. If you would like to find a qualified Ricky practitioner, check out the International Center for Reiki Training.

What are the medical benefits of Reiki treatment?

  • Enhanced immune system,
  • stress reduction,
  • increased energy,
  • confidence enhancement,
  • improved mental clarity,
  • increased relaxation,
  • overall health
  • and general well-being improvements

Final thoughts

Reiki is an interesting alternative treatment modality that can be an effective complement to your pre-existing treatment methodologies. Since there are no negative side effects, there’s very little risk to at least trying Reiki if you are experiencing chronic pain.

Its integrated approach, treating both the physical and the mental, is ideal for chronic pain sufferers who deal with tremendous mental and physical trauma on account of their long-standing ailments.

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