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“There are two ways to live your life, one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein. BLOG Subject: Complementary Therapies.

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“There are two ways to live your life, one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Albert Einstein

blog subject complementary therapies
BLOGSubject: Complementary Therapies
  • 36% of adults use some form of Complementary therapies (CAM) Complementary Alternative Medicine in their daily lives. Relaxation techniques are the mainstay of CAM. Relaxation techniques include but are not limited to meditation, hypnotherapy, visual imagery, music therapy and deep breathing. Children also are excellent candidates using CAM especially hypnotherapies and visual imagery; children see their world thru vivid imagination and dreams.
primary research secondary
Primary research (also call field research) involves what already exits.

Questionnaire surveys Interviews: informal or structured



Secondary research (also known as desk research) involves the summary, collation and/or synthesis of existing research.

Published texts, reports, and internet.



Search Engines




Were use to find official web sites for accuracy and authenticity


Create an environment that would allow patients an option to have complementary therapies pre-operatively and postoperatively.

  • Adults’




pediatric population
The pediatric population are excellent subjects for complementary therapies. Children live in a wonderful world of wonderment and imagination.Pediatric Population
  • Article taken from Nurse Week

“No More Tears” by Janet Kilgore RN

Demonstrated that there was a reduction in children’s postoperative pain and anxiety with the use of medicine and imagery tools such as videos, audiotapes, relaxation, and imagery techniques pre and postoperative.

adult patients
Adult Patients
  • Adult patients are increasingly using complementary and alternative medicine.

Research shown by well renowned physicians

Dr. Dean Ornish, MD


Dr. Herbert Benson, MD

Both has shown that relaxation training decreases the body’s response to norepenephrine, which is hormone released in reaction to stress.

why do patients turn to complementary medicine
Why do patients turn to complementary medicine

250 patients from three complementary practices surveyed stated,

  • “ I value the emphasis on treating the whole person.”
  • “ I believe complementary therapy will be more effective for my problem than orthodox medicine.”
  • “ I believe that complementary medicine will enable me to take a more active part in maintaining my health.”

Department of Psychology, University College London,UK.

BR J Clin Psychol . 1996 Feb;35 (pt 1):37-48

nursing and the patient
Nursing and the Patient
  • Combination of traditional medicine and complementary therapies would be a better way to serve our patient population.
  • By focusing on general outcomes of reducing pain and anxiety nurses would not only be empowering themselves but would also be empowering our patients to participate in their own healing process.
where to next
Where To Next
  • Research, research and more research
  • Patient feedback thru questionnaires
  • Pilot a program for the surgical patient
  • Start small and grow big…
  • Combination is the

  • Fun
  • Informative
  • Professional creative way to learn and share ideas.
  • Easy to use
  • High quality network
relaxation technique six second quieting response
Relaxation TechniqueSix-Second Quieting Response

Draw a long, deep breath and push your stomach out

Hold for two to three seconds

Exhale, slowly and completely, with a long breath

Let your shoulders and jaw drop as you exhale

Feel the relaxation travel from your neck and shoulders down your arms and out your fingertips

researching olivia

In the beginning there was a little boy named Brian