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Patterning of pain and power with guided imagery.

13 Sep

Wendy Lewandowski of Kent State University’s College of Nursing (a hotbed of recent guided imagery research, we’re discovering..), finds guided imagery to be effective in reducing suffering in chronic pain patients

Wendy Lewandowski of Kent State University’s College of Nursing (a hotbed of recent guided imagery research, we’re discovering..), using Martha Rogers'' theoretical model (science of unitary human beings), examined changes in pain and power among 42 chronic pain patients who used a guided imagery intervention, a randomized, controlled clinical trial.

Participants were randomly assigned to treatment and control groups and repeated measures MANCOVA was used to detect differences in pain and power over a 4-day period of time. The treatment group''s pain decreased during the last 2 days of the study. No differences in power emerged.

The study concludes that guided imagery appears to have potential as a useful nursing modality for chronic pain sufferers.


Citation: Lewandowski, Wendy A. Patterning of pain and power with guided imagery. Nursing Science Quarterly. 2004 Jul; 17(3): pp. 233-41.

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