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  1. Which Program Reduced Worksite Stress More – Meditation or Yoga?

    Which Program Reduced Worksite Stress More – Meditation or Yoga?

    Researchers from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC, conducted a randomized controlled pilot comparing the viability of two mind-body workplace stress reduction programs - one therapeutic yoga-based and the other mindfulness-based - in order to set the stage for larger cost-effectiveness trials.  Additionally, 2 delivery venues of the mindfulness-based program were evaluated (online vs. in-person).
     
    Group differences were examined over time on perceived stress and secondary measures to clarify which variables to include in future studies: sleep quality, mood, pain levels, work productivity, mindfulness, blood pressure, breathing rate, and heart rate variability.

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  2. MD Anderson Tests 4 Different Mind-Body Therapies with Cancer Patients and Gets Impressive Results!

    MD Anderson Tests 4 Different Mind-Body Therapies with Cancer Patients and Gets Impressive Results!

     

    MD Anderson’s Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine recently evaluated the impact of 4 different integrative, mind-body therapies on the symptom distress of cancer patients and their caregivers.

    They looked at guided meditation, yoga, massage therapy, & acupuncture.

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  3. A Fresh, New, Cost-Effective Approach to Employee Stress

    A Fresh, New, Cost-Effective Approach to Employee Stress

    A breakthrough German studyi in 2018 looked at 264 employees suffering from elevated stress levels and randomly assigned them to either a stress management program or a waitlist control group.

    The stress management program consisted of 7 sessions of cognitive and mind-body emotional regulation techniques, in keeping with research showing that mindfulness, guided imagery, and meditation are efficacious at improving workplace health, employee well-being, and work performanceii.

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  4. Hidden Treasure Trove of Guided Imagery Studies Found under an Unlikely Name

    Hidden Treasure Trove of Guided Imagery Studies Found under an Unlikely Name

    For nearly 25 years, ever since my son built me a Health Journeys website as a birthday present in 1995, I’ve been searching the databases for new research on guided imagery – usually on a weekly basis.

    At first it was a real fool’s errand, because there was so little there.

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  5. New Research Shows the Power of 1 Session of Guided Imagery on Anxiety

    New Research Shows the Power of 1 Session of Guided Imagery on Anxiety

     

    A revealing pilot study by Australian researchers investigating what helps people suffering from social anxiety, shows the immediate and powerful impact guided imagery, as compared to a more verbal/mental approach.

    The research compared 2 different interventions - Imagery Rescripting and Verbal Restructuring - comparing them to each other after one group session of each, and both to a no treatment/waitlist condition.

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  6. New Guided Imagery Research Looks Good for Smoking Cessation, Dialysis, Post-Op Pain, Sedation Alternatives for Kids, Motor Recovery for Stroke & Parkinsons, and Easing Phantom Limb Pain

    New Guided Imagery Research Looks Good for Smoking Cessation, Dialysis, Post-Op Pain, Sedation Alternatives for Kids, Motor Recovery for Stroke & Parkinsons, and Easing Phantom Limb Pain

    Hello again.

    I’ve been noticing a nice uptick in guided imagery research lately – both in terms of studies that explore its efficacy in new or renewed areas, such as smoking cessation, dialysis, and hospice care – and with the appearance of systematic reviews, a sure sign that enough trials have been published to warrant an overview.

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  7. Hypnotic Trance Increases Power of Motor Imagery for Rehab and Sports

    Hypnotic Trance Increases Power of Motor Imagery for Rehab and Sports

    The ability to mentally imagine the performance of movements is used in sports training and in physiotherapy, as a tool to enhance motor learning and rehabilitation. 

    It is been assumed that motor imagery activates the same brain areas as actual movement, and this is partially correct.  Real life movement activates the left medial frontal areas (preSMA/SMA), prefrontal- and frontal areas, putamen and inferior parietal areas.

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  8. The Stress Management Program that Reduces Chronic Neck Pain, Intensity & Disability

    The Stress Management Program that Reduces Chronic Neck Pain, Intensity & Disability

    In a pilot study, researchers from Copenhagen University, Denmark, and The Grieg Academy of Music Therapy Research Center in Bergen, Norway,  examined the effects of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), a specific technique, created by Helen Bonny, that includes relaxation, music listening, and observing the resulting, spontaneous imagery that arises from the music, on bio-psycho-social measures of stress related to long term sick leave...

    Twenty Danish workers on sick leave were randomized to either a music therapy intervention or wait-list control.  Data collection was carried out at an occupational health ward in the period 2008-2010.

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  9. Stress Management Program Reduces Neck Pain Intensity & Disability

    Stress Management Program Reduces Neck Pain Intensity & Disability

    Researchers from the University of Athens in Greece examined the effect of a simple, zero cost stress management program on patients suffering from neck pain. Studies have shown that stress is implicated as a cause of neck pain (NP).

    This study is a parallel-type randomized clinical study. People with chronic non-specific neck pain were chosen randomly to participate in an eight-week program of stress management (N= 28) that included diaphragmatic breathing and progressive muscle relaxation; or a no intervention control condition (N= 25).

    Self-report measures were used to evaluate variables at the beginning and end of the eight-week monitoring period. Descriptive and inferential statistical methods were used for the analysis.

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  10. Imagining Specific Motor Activities Enhances Stroke Rehab of Upper & Lower Limbs

    Imagining Specific Motor Activities Enhances Stroke Rehab of Upper & Lower Limbs

    Investigators from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, performed a systematic review of clinical studies on the efficacy of a technique in stroke rehabilitation called “mental practice” (also called guided imagery or mental rehearsal).

    Mental Practice is defined by the authors as imagining the body performing a motor action or skill, in order to learn or perfect it.  Functional imaging shows that mental practice does, in fact, produce cortical activation patterns similar to those of actual movement.

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