A great majority of the procedures offered at Vision XRAY are completely painless and non-invasive. But with any type of medical examination or procedure, many patients report experiencing anxiety, nervousness, or tension prior to or during their appointment. Recognising that medical anxiety does exist for a fair number of people, we’ve created this post to offer support for those who do experience these feelings, and compiled a list of tips for relaxing during and before your Vision XRAY appointment.
Knowledge Can Be Power
For many people, fear of the unknown exacerbates their nervousness. If this is the case for you, learning as much as you can about a procedure or upcoming appointment can help alleviate a great deal of your worry. The radiologists of Vision XRAY are always happy to provide you with information about an examination or procedure, and will gladly answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact the centre at any time to discuss your concerns at any time. Additionally, the Vision XRAY website and blog offers a good amount of useful information, so a quick look around the site may let you know what to expect with a procedure, or better understand how something works.
A word of caution, however. Though Vision XRAY’s blog and website will provide proper information, as well as discussion with our highly-qualified radiologists, it can be inadvisable to use the Internet to seek answers for medical concerns. Unfortunately, there is as much incorrect information available online as correct, and it can be difficult to sift through it all. Many people report that “Googling” has caused them further anxiety and generated further unnecessary worries. It’s always preferable to consult with a certified medical professional.
Breathing, Counting, Mindfulness
There are many effective methods which can help promote relaxation. For some, deep breathing is key. Deep, diaphragmatic breathing can promote release of tension in the muscles, centre and ground you, and contribute to an overall sense of wellbeing. Many people breathe in conjunction with counting, which has the added bonus of distracting you in times of anxiety. Breathing and counting can bring your focus back to the present moment which is very helpful, and also the central element of mindfulness. Practicing mindfulness, or conscious awareness of the present moment, can help reduce frequent stress and worry. With mindfulness, one can practice by tuning in to the environment surrounding them, focusing on all 5 senses and observing what can be seen, heard, tasted, felt, and even smelled. Mindful focus on these sensory experiences distracts you from unneeded worrying and can help you slow down and feel more cool and collected.
Music & Visualisation
Listening to music is also a technique used to calm one’s nerves. Ask your radiologist if your appointment allows the freedom to use headphones. If so, you can listen to soothing music to help keep you relaxed and at ease during your procedure.
Visualisation is a technique which involves mentally visualising yourself in a soothing, safe, and perhaps beautiful place. Many people envision a beach, lake, or other calming environment. If you experience intense anxiety, this can be a great way to “transport” you elsewhere, and create a feeling of ease and joy.
Before Your Appointment
While the above practices will assist you during your appointment, you can also take steps prior to the appointment to promote your relaxation and well being. Arriving on time for the appointment will help you, as running late can create added stress.
Also, as mentioned above, gaining knowledge about the upcoming procedure or appointment can greatly aid you in feeling more comfortable and relaxed while at Vision XRAY.