Some of the sessions which I find particularly interesting are where I have treated clients who have undergone some form of surgery and the feedback I have had from giving reiki has been wonderful.
A particular client had recently undergone a knee operation and I had visited them at their home to give them Reiki as a way to help with the healing process and ease the associated pain that comes with having surgery. After a couple of sessions, the client had commented on how they could feel a release of energy around the knee and down the leg and felt less pain afterwards and increased mobility. The amount of pain relief they were taking which was prescribed by the doctor was reduced over the period of Reiki sessions and the time it took for them to be driving again was shorter than originally anticipated.
Another client who had similar surgery had several reiki sessions with me and again felt relief in the area that was operated on, had more mobility and along with having physio has found that the Reiki was extremely beneficial for their rehabilitation.
I was recently asked to send healing energy to a client who was about to go in to hospital for a gall bladder removal operation and they were feeling extremely anxious about the upcoming surgery. I sent them distance healing over a period of a couple of weeks before the operation where I focused on their stress and anxiety and this helped them feel a lot calmer when they had the procedure.
I continued to send Reiki after the operation to help with the pain and to sleep easier. The client found the energy had started to go to where it was most needed after a hands-on treatment they are feeling a lot more comfortable with the pain and more confident in the healing process.
Having done some online research into the links between Reiki and Surgery and how this form of therapy has developed over the years, I discovered that Reiki has become more widely accepted within the NHS and is used in many hospitals and clinics located across the UK. Some of them are listed below
- NHS Occupational Health Departments
- Physiotherapy Units
- NHS Medical Centres
- NHS Mental Health Units/Psychotherapy Clinics
- Medical & Paramedical (many members of the UK Reiki Federation are also practising doctors)
- GP & Dental Practices
- Residential Care and Nursing Homes
Here is some information about how Reiki can help speed healing after surgery which I found on the International Association of Reiki Practitioners website
Reiki may reduce anxiety before and after surgery
Multiple research studies have explored the possibility of using Reiki to help patients who are preparing for or recovering from surgery. These studies have shown that people who participate in Reiki sessions before and after surgery are less likely to feel anxious than those who do not. Because anxiety may inhibit the healing process, it stands to reason that reducing anxiety through Reiki sessions may be beneficial to the healing process.
Reiki may help prevent or reduce depression after surgery
Depression is a common issue experienced by patients following surgery, especially if the surgery was complex or requires a long, painful recovery period. People who are struggling with depression are less likely to follow doctors’ orders and may therefore experience a more difficult, slower healing process. Failing to comply with a doctor’s instructions may also raise the risk of post-surgical complications. Studies have shown that Reiki may reduce depression and help people to feel more optimistic. Thus, people who participate in Reiki sessions after surgery may be less likely to feel depressed and more likely to be proactive in their recovery
Reiki may reduce stress levels
Stress causes inflammation to build up in the body, which may delay healing. Research shows that people who participate in Reiki sessions report feeling less stressed and more relaxed. People who have undergone a surgical procedure may be able to use Reiki to reduce their stress levels and encourage faster healing
Reiki may improve the quality of sleep.
When the body is trying to heal from an injury, trauma or surgical procedure, good quality sleep is essential. Reiki produces feelings of relaxation for many clients, and people often report that they notice improved sleep quality after beginning Reiki therapy.
Reiki may reduce sensations of pain.
Pain is incredibly common after surgery. If the pain is severe, it may even slow the healing process by preventing the individual from participating in physical activity necessary to promote recovery. However, Reiki may reduce sensations of pain following surgery. In fact, one study showed that women who had undergone a hysterectomy experienced less pain during recovery if they participated in Reiki sessions before and after the procedure.
Is Reiki Safe after Surgery?
Reiki is completely non-invasive. During a Reiki session, the practitioner places his or her hands gently on the client in specific positions in order to encourage the proper flow of the client’s own ki or chi energy. In some cases, the practitioner may not need to touch the client at all. Thus, Reiki should not pose any risk of complications or side effects for patients who have recently undergone surgery. In addition, it can be used in combination with any other type of therapy, rehabilitation or medication the individual may need to aid his or her recovery.
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