Reducing the Traumatic After Effects of Surgery
Medical interventions are traumatic for the body even if you are convinced of the benefits of it – it’s still terrifying as your life is in literally in someone else’s hands. It could go wrong – there is even a slim chance of dying – so you’ve had thoughts of mortality. Fear of death is often the fear underlying much of our phobia and trauma.
Exercises for self-care after surgery –
While you are in hospital try and rest as much as possible. the environment is distracting and it’s easy to get lost not he noise, interaction with nurses and assistants and visitors and other patients. It’s important not to get side-tracked form your own healing. Listen to music if you need to create a barrier to the noise – soothing music and guided healing
focus on regulating your breathing to calm agitation
rest a hand wherever it feels most supportive – whether that’s your pelvis, or your chest. Try a hand under the base of your pelvis, or under your neck at the base of your skull (your occiput).
Use your awareness to create more sense of space, releasing the tightness of your muscles in this area, in which your breath can expand. this can bebette than trig to breathe deeply – since this can create muscle tension.
Also allow yourself to tell people when you don’t want to talk – or if you feel agitated by other peoples distress and negativity.
You can imagine your body washed through with light, getting rid of any stuck energy, or toxins from the surgery. Send healing through your hands to any area that needs it.
It can be much easier if someone else is there to deal with the outside world, leaving you to attune to your internal state and process your feelings; you may need someone to stay with you and hold your hand. As you recount your symptoms pay more attention to your body sensations and your story. Try to move into your own felt sensation. this means moving into the subtle sensations of your body and following them – rather than worrying about what they mean – tuning into them as a means of allowing them to find their own way. Sometimes the sensations can make you anxious because noticing your breathing makes you event more anxious about it or feel as if you are struggling to get a breath; notice your heart beat makes you panic you are having a heart attack.. if so, place a calming hand there and allow the sensations to dissipate under your hand. Don’t let anxiety spread to another area of your life.
There are a range of remedies with a good track record to support your healing. Use the appropriate remedy;
Aconite for anxiety before the surgery.
Arnica helps soft tissue damage, resorbing blood and fluid.
Phosphorous to help your body throw off the after effects of anesthesia.
Hypericum helps with nerve repair.
Calendula to help with healing – the healthy granulation of repair tissue.
Some examples of stress-management techniques include:
- Guided Imagery and Visualization
- Deep Breathing
Simply start with any of these techniques for a few minutes a day and you’ll quickly begin to feel better.
Then, use the technique(s) you enjoy daily.