Forty-five percent less blood loss during spinal surgery.1
Sounds good, right? How’d they do it? Some new intraoperative technique or device? Some promising pharmaceutical product that supports coagulation?
These patients simply visualized less blood loss before surgery. That’s it.
I read this study during my medical training, and it has stuck with me. In fact, I credit it with an exercise I have engaged in my private practice ever since.
When I meet with patients, simultaneous to our dialogue and co-presence, I am deeply engaged in visualizing them well.
I see them in my mind’s eye and feel them in my heart as the well version of themselves – their energy, their appearance, voice, and the kind of wonder and awe that invariably accompanies awakening to robust and resilient health.