Top 5 reasons to visualize: #4 Helps injuries

Visualization can help injuries in the following ways:

  • speeds recovery from injury (or post workout recovery):

In a study done by Achterberg and Mark S. Rider (Dossey, Meaning and Medicine, 167), researchers measured the effects of visualization in altering the immune system. The subjects were divided into two groups. Each group was asked to visualize images of the shape, location, and movement of one of two types of white blood cells. Blood counts were taken both before and after each twenty-minute visualization sessions:

Results showed that the highly directed imagery was cell-specific; that is, it affected the one of the two types of white blood cells toward which it was intended or directed, and not other. The mind can control healing by altering the immune response with visualization.

  • prevent skills from deteriorating during injury:

A study looking at brain patterns in weightlifters found that the patterns activated when a weightlifter lifted hundreds of pounds were similarly activated when they sat in their chairs and only imagined lifting.  In a study at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Yue 2004), researchers compared “people who went to the gym with people who carried out virtual workouts in their heads”. He found a 30% muscle increase in the group who went to the gym and a 13.5% increase in the people that just imagined going to the gym! This is powerful stuff. Other studies have shown the effect of visualization AND physical work.

Read more about visualization for injuries here.

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