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Music Imagery and Touch aid in Surgery Recovery

July 17th 2005

MIT Therapy Music touch and imagery may help health

MIT Therapy may heal

Music, imagery and touch (MIT) may increase the survival rate of patients after heart surgery, according to a new study.  Offsite prayers had no effect on mortality rates according to a new study in the British Journal Lancet (July 16th). 

The study was led by Dr. Mitchell Krucoff of Duke University Medical Center.  The study assigned 748 patients undergoing heart catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention to receive prayer form prayer groups of various denominations offsite.   

In addition half the patients received MIT therapy.  This involved teaching the patients relaxed breathing techniques and playing easy listening classical or country music during their procedure.

 

The study, called Monitoring and Actualization of Noetic Trainings (MANTRA) II, discovered that there was no difference between the prayer and non-prayer groups as to whether there was a “major cardiovascular event” for the following six months.  They did find that the group of patients that had the music and touch therapy had an improved clinical outcome, compared to those that did not have the therapy.

Before the surgery people that were trained in the “healing touch” put their hands in specific places on the patient’s body.  This was designed to shift energy around the body and promote healing.  The patients were also asked to listen to their choice of soothing music.  They also learned deep breathing, and guided imagery, which they were told to do during the procedure.

The MIT patients also experience a profound decrease in emotional distress before the procedure compared to the non-MIT patients.  It is believed the therapy reduced the patients anxiety about the procedure, thus assisting in their recovery, according to Krucoff.  .   


By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Staff Writer

 

 

 


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