Modern, innovative, and minimally invasive, stem cell therapy has helped countless patients find long-lasting relief from orthopedic pain, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, and more. But if you’re living with a fear of needles, undergoing this alternative treatment option might feel like a daunting prospect.
Don’t let nerves hold you back from finding the relief you need. If you’re interested in receiving stem cell therapy but are anxious about the injections involved in the procedure, we’re here to help ease your mind. Here are three tried and tested methods that can help you overcome your fear of needles and embrace the benefits of stem cell therapy.
1. Talk to your doctor
We know that receiving any new treatment can be nerve-wracking. That’s why our experienced and caring doctors are more than happy to discuss your concerns with you before your session. We can walk you through everything that happens during your treatment and answer all your questions. Feeling prepared can boost your confidence, helping you breathe easy in the knowledge that there won’t be any surprises.
Some patients have special requests that we will always work to accommodate. For example, you might feel less anxious if you can’t see the needle. Don’t be afraid to tell us what will help you—the session is for your benefit, and we’ll do everything we can to ensure you feel comfortable, relaxed, and happy at all times.
2. Take advantage of distractions
To help you stay calm before your appointment, try reading a book or magazine or listening to music. You can also ask your doctor to chat with you as a distraction while you receive your injection.
To take your mind off the injection itself, you can also try closing your eyes and focusing on other things, like an upcoming vacation or what you need to add to your grocery list. We try to make the environment soothing for you, but if it’s easier for you to avoid looking at your surroundings, that’s perfectly okay.
3. Try breathing exercises
Breathing exercises can be a great way to relax before any event you’re nervous about—from an important presentation at work to your first stem cell therapy session.
In the waiting room before your treatment or at home before you arrive, breathe in deeply and exhale slowly, focusing on your breaths. Repeat this process for a few minutes until you feel calmer and more in control of the situation.
If you think stem cell therapy might be right for you, or if you’d like to ask us some questions about the treatment to ease your mind and help you prepare, we’re here to help. Get in touch today to find out more.