I just had surgery a few weeks ago and now I have a cold and was looking at getting your "Healthy Immune System" imagery. My question is this - I have MS that is well controlled at this time. Taking into consideration I just had surgery (any trauma, even controlled trauma, can kick up an exacerbation) and that MS is an autoimmune disease, is it okay to listen to this? Or could the imagery over-stimulate the immune system to a point of causing my MS symptoms to flair?
We’ve gotten half a dozen questions like this one in the last week alone, so we figured we’d best post this question and answer this question from a program manager of a Kingston, Ontario agency that provides community-based services to adults with brain injury:
Thank you for your efforts with producing a guided imagery for TBI. I am a Program Manager in Kingston, Ontario, providing community-based services to adults affected by brain injury. I have been an admirer of your work for many years and have been pleased with your more recent focus on brain injury.
You may remember I had hoped to have you come to Kingston for a conference on TBI, particularly from military service. Unfortunately, the government funding did not come through and we had to cancel your engagement. I still hope this can happen some day.
My question to you is about the TBI guided imagery. Do you think it would also be helpful to people with acquired brain injury? Our referral base is about 50% TBI and 50% ABI with the causes of ABI being infection, tumours, and stroke (with diffuse effects).
Researchers from the Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom investigated the feasibility of integrating a motor imagery program into a treatment regimen of physiotherapy and occupational therapy for patients diagnosed with stroke, brain injury or multiple sclerosis.
Thirty inpatients and outpatients in treatment at a neurologic rehabilitation center participated in the study. A parallel-group, phase II, assessor-blind randomized controlled trial compared motor imagery embedded in treatment as usual with treatment as usual only. Subjects were assessed at baseline, after 6 weeks (post-intervention), and after 12 weeks (follow-up).
A motor imagery strategy was developed and integrated into treatment as usual (physiotherapy and occupational therapy) which was tailored to individual goals, and applied to any activity. The control group received standard care (physiotherapy and occupational therapy).
For the past three years or more, I’ve been listening to guided imagery at least once to twice a day. I have been battling M.S. for 28 years and your CD means so much to me and gives me so much hope. Thank you. I am blessed to have this encouragement in my life each day.
I am trying everything I can to stay strong and healthy, including Reiki, meditation, yoga and massage, along with my regular medication, and although I may not manage to do any of these other things in one day, I always listen to your imagery daily.
I am still walking aided with a stick and still driving, so after 28 years I am very lucky - I am sure the imagery has played a big part in this and I am truly grateful.
Warm regards, Dieter
We just got this announcement from Miriam Franco, MSW, PsyD, a social worker-psychologist who’s done a great deal of clinical work and research on guided imagery for people with Multiple Sclerosis. As you can see, she’s put her own blood, sweat and personal resources into her new Guided Imagery Foundation, and she gets a hats off and a “bravissima!” from everyone around here at Health Journeys. Here are her own words:
I wanted to let you know that The Guided Imagery Foundation (TGIF), a nonprofit I developed, is now launched.
I have written an article about it for Imagery International and am its founder and first president. After much personal expense and work, it is my hope that TGIF will enable GI practitioners to obtain innovative funding for community based GI interventions and research on GI efficacy.
Posted: February 16, 2007Categories: Multiple SclerosisA plucky guy who has had multiple sclerosis for the past 28 years relies on daily guided imagery, as well as Reiki, meditation, massage and yoga, and he’s still walking (with a cane) and driving..Read more »
Posted: January 23, 2006Categories: Multiple SclerosisA registered nurse with multiple sclerosis talks about how imagery helps her daily with her attitude, approach and general mental health, particularly because she has some limitations on her control over her symptoms..Read more »
Low Impact Exercise Reduces Fatigue in Adults with Autoimmune Conditions such as MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus
A systematic review of the literature reveals that low impact aerobic exercise, gradually increasing in intensity, duration & frequency, reduces fatigue in people with auto-immune conditions.
Researchers from Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia did a systematic review of non-pharmacological interventions for fatigue in adults with three common autoimmune conditions: M.S., rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The literature search included 19 electronic databases and libraries, three evidence-based journals and two internet search engines, from 1987-2006, and limited to English.
A woman with multiple health challenges, plus a recent 40-pound weight gain, asks which imagery resources would help and how to use them…Read more »
Researchers in Oregon discover that Yoga and exercise help alleviate fatigue in people suffering with multiple sclerosis, but do not seem to help with mood or cognitive function..
Researchers from The Department of Neurology at The Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, investigated the effects of yoga and of aerobic exercise on the cognitive function, fatigue, mood, and quality of life in people challenged by multiple sclerosis (MS).
Sixty-nine subjects were randomly assigned to one of three groups lasting 6 months: (1) weekly Iyengar yoga class, along with home practice; (2) weekly exercise class using a stationary bicycle along with home exercise; or (3) a waiting-list control group. Outcome assessments were performed at baseline and at the end of the 6-month period, and included a battery of cognitive measures focused on attention, physiologic measures of alertness, Profile of Mood States, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, Multi-Dimensional Fatigue Inventory (MFI), and Short Form (SF)-36 health-related quality of life.