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The effects of guided imagery relaxation in people with COPD.

09 Aug
Researchers from Tai Po Hospital in Hong Kong explored the effects of guided imagery and relaxation in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), using a randomized controlled design. Half of 26 participants were allocated to the treatment group, consisting of six practice sessions of guided imagery, while the control group was instructed to rest quietly during the six sessions.

At the seventh session, physiological measures were taken and compared to previously, to see if there were any changes in partial percentage of oxygen saturation, heart rate, upper thoracic surface electromyography, skin conductance and peripheral skin temperature.
Results showed that there was a statistically significant (p < 0.05) increase in partial percentage of oxygen saturation in the treatment group, but no significant effects on the other physiological parameters. Further study exploring the psychological effects of guided imagery is suggested.

Citation: Louie SW.The effects of guided imagery relaxation in people with COPD. Occupational Therapy International. 2004;11 (3): pp.145-59.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award