The mind is a powerful healing tool. Using our imagination, we can visualize almost anything. Imagery (or visualization) is a therapeutic technique that has been used for centuries. By creating images in the mind, a person can reduce pain and other symptoms associated with his or her condition. The more specific the visualization, the more therapeutic it will likely be. Patients are taught to imagine sights, sounds, smells, tastes, or other sensations to create a kind of daydream that "removes" them from or gives them control over their present circumstances.
Imagery usually involves a program with set objectives and goals. Patients are guided to visualize their goals and work toward them.
Two imagery techniques are widely used today:
Studies have shown that imagery can help the mind and body relax. It can help in managing anxiety, stress, and depression; help reduce pain, lower blood pressure, and lessen nausea; and give people a better sense of control and well-being.
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