Physical Healing, Woo-Woo Stuff
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Passion to the Third Degree.
Iâ€™m feeling slightly better after spending some concentrated time visualizing in conjunction with my meds. Yes, I mix alternative medicine with classical.
Blame that on my back injury in 1995 and the neurologist who told me Iâ€™d have to live with it because he couldnâ€™t figure out the problem (that someone else fixed).
To deal with my back pain, I experimented with all kinds of alternative techniques while refusing to be a slave to pain medicationâ€”8 Ultrams a day for 48 days wasnâ€™t cutting it. So because of my back injury, I learned all about self-hypnosis, massage therapy, visualization, acupressure, and lots of stuff that actually helped me relax my back muscles enough to sleep with my back flat on the bed.
I havenâ€™t been using visualization so much with getting over my feud with my allergies this week, but Obi-Wan reminded me of it, suggesting the Seven Dwarfs help me out or some other animated characters that might be fun. I decided that I already had enough of Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, and Dopey running around in my head, so instead, I went with Flora, Fauna, and Meriwether, the three fairies from Sleeping Beauty, to spin a little magick around my throat.
I remember reading many years ago about a study where cancer patients who used visualization fared better than those who didnâ€™t during their treatments. It wasnâ€™t a substitute for classical medical care, but at the very least, it helped with keeping a positive mindset.
Me, I just think itâ€™s a matter of mind and body working together.