Feel Better & Heal Faster – Getting Yourself Back to Normal After Surgery

PinkFlowerHaving grown out of the professional nursing practice, Healing Touch has a long history of helping patients before and after surgery to reduce stress and pain and to improve recovery from surgery.  The end result is you feel better and heal faster so you can get back to your normal life.

The response of the human body to surgery can be varied and affect many of its systems from a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual perspective.  For instance, stress related to fear of the outcome or recovery from surgery can slow the overall healing process and increase the recovery time.  Recovery is often measured in a variety of ways including the lack of complications, use of medication, time to discharge, and other factors.  Studies show Healing Touch can decrease stress and reduce overall recovery time. 

In a study with patients undergoing abdominal surgery there was a significantly higher level of recovery (measured by lung and gastrointestinal function, and activity status) for patients receiving Healing Touch treatments.  In addition, these patients experienced greater relaxation and reduced need for narcotic pain medication and bowel treatments.

Healing Touch has been used prior to cardiac angioplasty with a reduction in adverse outcomes.  In a follow up study, mortality at 6 months was lower with the study group that received combined Healing Touch, music, and imagery therapy.  In another study patients had shorter hospital stays after having coronary artery bypass surgery.  Using Healing Touch before surgery was found to significantly decrease worry and increase satisfaction in yet another study.  The Healing Touch study group also showed a decrease in upset, sadness, and shortness of breath; and an increase in calmness, hope and happiness.

Patient satisfaction surveys in acute care settings also show benefits to receiving Healing Touch. At Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa Bay Florida a survey found that Healing Touch significantly decreased pain, anxiety, and nausea and also increased patient satisfaction.  Those using the services most frequently were patients having surgical repair for orthopedic problems although a variety of other patients also participated.

If you or a loved want to feel better and heal faster after surgery so you can get back to your normal life, contact me so we can discuss how Healing Touch could benefit you. 

For more information on this and other Healing Touch research studies, please go to http://www.healingtouchresearch.com/.