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Surgical Recovery: Total Joint Replacement

In a 2004 study, patients who received energy healing before and after their surgery were able to walk nearly 50% faster than those who did not.

The following exploratory study took place in 2004, performed by Shelli Nelson, RN. Nelson designed and received the approval of the IRB (Investigative Review Board) to perform this research in a community hospital in the Minneapolis area.

Nelson wanted to examine the efficacy of Brennan Healing ScienceĀ® (a form of energy healing) on pre- and post-operative pain management, range of motion, sleep quality, and post-acute strength and endurance in patients who underwent Total Joint Replacement Surgery.

The treatment included four healings: the first one week prior to surgery, the second in the post-surgical care unit immediately after surgery, and one each day for the next two days.

Everyone who participated in the study received either a total knee or a total hip replacement. Nelson worked with 25 patients, of whom 11 were controls and received no energy healing treatments.

The results:

  • People receiving energy healings reported an ability to relax and sleep: greater than 90% of their stress and insomnia were relieved with the healings.
  • Without treatment, patients were able to walk about a quarter mile in 8 weeks. Patients who received the energy healings were able to do so in 4-5 weeks.
  • Without treatment, patients were able to walk upstairs reciprocally (one foot after the other) in an average of 7-8 weeks. Patients who received energy healings were able to do so in an average of 3-4 weeks.
  • Without treatment, the length of time patients used daily narcotics after leaving the hospital was an average of 7-9 weeks. Patients who received energy healings used daily narcotics for an average of 2-4 weeks.
  • Some patients who received energy healings went home using no narcotics within a week. Normal expectation is that some narcotics will continue to be used for about 8 to 12 weeks.

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The wisdom of a thousand generations guides you today. Only listen. Without a sound their voices reverberate in your cells. Settle within and choose your path.

All of us come from strength, fortitude, perseverance. No matter how difficult their lives, our ancestors made it through and passed on life for the next generation. Over and over, until it came to you. The intelligence that guided them has also come to you.

To Thine own Self be true.

If I could present you with a single blessing, it would be the gift of Mindfulness. Awareness of yourself: body, emotions, and self-talk, all the time. Our immediate experience is the ultimate exploration that only grows richer with time. What we do or don't do, and the roots of our behavior, are accessible with the simple practice of noticing immediate experience. It is this practice that makes it possible to know and be true to ourselves.


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