Top 5 ways to relieve MRI claustrophobia.

Okay, enough of what you can put in your body. Now we go to what you do in your head. No more drugs. No chemestry. Just some good old tried and true techniques that you can do in your head to calm things down and make the situation less stressful.

one way to reieve  claustrophobiaRELAXATION TECHNIQUES

Relaxation and stress relief techniques are frequently used with other other therapeutic approaches. But they often can be enough to relieve the stress of claustrophobia by themsleves. And the best part is they are free and you don't have to mess with the chemestry in your body.

MRI Relaxation Techniques
A good relaxation technique can simply be the way in which you control your breathing. When the time comes during your MRI that you start to feel a little stressed, breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try to breath in while counting in your head until you reach 10. Then do the same thing while you're breathing out making all the way to ten. If you've accomplished that, then work on counting slower and slower each time, slowing down your breathing as much as you can.

Another well known relaxation technique is through guided mental imager. This one's fun. Imagine a favorite beach or some soothing time in your life. Then spend time really trying to imagine every detail of that place. It helps sometimes to go into the MRI proceedure already knowing a place you will imagine so you don't stress trying to think of one. The more time you spend in your head picturing this soothing place, the more time you won't be thinking about the machine or the room you're actually in.

Did you know you can listen to music during your MRI? Most places, in fact, offer headsets with a variety of music to listen to for you. Call ahead and see if that's available. For some, Johann Pachelbel's tranquil Canon in D may be the ticket to calm the nerves and sooth the mind. For others, a guitar-thrashing, bass beat driving punk album might be what is loud enought to just drown out any other bad thoughts. It's up to you.

With all of these techniques you will want to stay as still as possible to get the best imagry you can with the MRI. You certainly wouldn't want to go through all this only to have blurry pictures and have to do it all over again.

Talk with your radiologist doing the proceedure. He or she should be an expert in dealing with claustrophobic anxiety and they will have ways in which they can certainly help you throughout the process.

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GOOD SOURCES FOR FURTHER READING: Dictionary of Medical Terms, 4th Edition, from A&C Black Publishers Ltd., Grey's Anatomy, The Classic Collector's Edition, by Henry Gray, Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, Second Edition by Mayo Clinic, Howard Gallager, Mayo Foundation, Women's Health, Men's Health and Health for Seniors all by Professor Peter Abrahams, the National Cancer Institute, the American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Radiology.

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So your doctor ordered an MRI for you. Feeling claustrophobic already?

Many imaging facilities now offer new typse of MRI machines that are dramatically more 'open'. These machines can help reduce a lot of a patient's anxiety.

Call ahead and ask the facility what specific MRI machine they will use with your test. Then click the name from our list below to see pictures and descriptions of it before you go.

NOTE: Many of these including the stand up MRI machines may or may not be available near you yet. If you are going outside of your local area, make sure you call your insurance company to see if the testing will be covered under your medical insurance policy. You don't want to have the proceedure only to find out that you are on the hook for the entire bill.

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