Self-Reiki, Consideration of a Potential Option for Managing Chronic Pain during Pandemic COVID-19 Period

Author: Maxime Billot1, Maeva Daycard2, Philippe Rigoard1,3,4
Affiliation: <sup>1</sup> PRISMATICS Lab (Predictive Research in Spine/Neuromodulation Management and Thoracic Innovation/Cardiac Surgery), Poitiers University Hospital, 86021 Poitiers, France. <sup>2</sup> Eveil: L&#39;équilibre par les Mains, 87000 Poitiers, France. <sup>3</sup> Department of Spine Surgery and Neuromodulation, Poitiers University Hospital, 86021 Poitiers, France. <sup>4</sup> Institut Pprime UPR 3346, CNRS-Université de Poitiers-ISAE-ENSMA, 86360 Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, France.
Conference/Journal: Medicina (Kaunas)
Date published: 2021 Aug 25
Other: Volume ID: 57 , Issue ID: 9 , Pages: 867 , Special Notes: doi: 10.3390/medicina57090867. , Word Count: 144

While the world faces an unprecedented situation with the pandemic, other chronic diseases such as chronic pain continue to run their course. The social distancing and restrictive displacement imposed by the pandemic situation represents a new barrier to access to pain management and tends to reinforce chronification process. Given this context, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) might offer new opportunities to manage CP, notably with a hand-touch method, such as self-Reiki therapy. Although Reiki administered by a practitioner has shown promising results to reduce pain and psychological distress, and to improve quality of life, self-Reiki practice needs evidence-based medicine to be disseminated. Overall, self-Reiki could bring positive results in addition to, and without interfering with, conventional medicine approaches in patients experienced chronic pain.

Keywords: biofield therapy; complementary and alternative medicine; energy; healing touch; lockdown; pain treatment; self-treatment; therapeutic touch.

PMID: 34577790 PMCID: PMC8466281 DOI: 10.3390/medicina57090867