Reiki for Pain Management – Lower Back, Legs, Feet, Joints and more

Reiki has been used for pain management effectively for  many years. People who who have pain or chronic pain had reported a reduction of the pain.

To scientifically prove the pain reduction experienced on patients, Dr. Karin Olson from the Faculty of Nursing and International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, conducted several clinical trials.

The faculty staff  participants experienced improved pain control following Reiki treatment.

I also included 4 of my Reiki clients’ testimonial on pain management below.

Some of my clients’ testimonials on Reiki and Pain Management:

This video is from a patient in a pain management clinic in Torrance I practice Reiki:
“In my first session with you, prior to I was in so much pain I couldn’t lay down. My back was hurting, my legs were aching, I was miserable. When I did the treatment with you, my body felt so relaxed. Matter of fact, my pain was about 10 out of 10 when I came in with you, and when I was done with the session, I had no pain. I had no pain for hours afterwards. Very relaxed, I went into the room and I slept. And I don’t have any sleep and I have CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) and CRPS is very very – it’s one of the most painful dystrophies you can have. And it’s very difficult to maintain the pain under control. Well you know on my first treatment I couldn’t even get up on this bed by myself and I needed help to get up, I needed help a little bit to get up afterwards. Today I don’t have no pain in my back, when I came in I had a little bit of pain in my ankles. I have no pain now. I feel totally relaxed. My body feels tingly like a numb, nice feeling. Really relaxing feeling. My mind is mentally coherent I feel like I want to cry a bit. I feel just so alert. I feel like a new me. With the person that I used to be and I really believe in it. Thank you.”
1. Menstrual Cramps and Pain Management:
She felt very tired and sleepy before the Reiki session. She had her period and her lower abdomen was hurting. 

She looked tired and unwell.

“Before my Reiki session with Carlos I felt very tired and uncomfortable because my menstrual cramps.”

“It was my first Reiki session ever”

  • She said: “My mind feels more clear. My arms and legs steel feel tingling. I still feel, like your hands are on my knees. My body is so relaxed.”
  • “At the very beginning of the session, when you touched my chest and solar plexus, I felt that the two points came closer, joined and melted into one”. (I didn’t place my left hand on her chest but on her forehead. My right hand was on her solar plexus).
  • “I felt the same melting and joining sensation when you placed my hands on my left shoulder and right hip, then on my right shoulder and left hip”.
  • My menstrual cramps/pain was gone after the Reiki session!
  • “I feel very calm and peaceful. I feel rested and rejuvenated like if I took a very good nap”
  • “I went in and out into a ‘conscious’ sleep state. I was conscious of everything that was happening because I remember every time you placed your hands on or over my body”.
  • “You had placed both of your hands on my knees. When you changed one of them to my right angle, I felt I have 3 hands on my body! On my both knees and my right uncle!”

 “At the end of the session I could see the change on my face: rested, my eyes went from tired to a vibrant eye sight. I even looked more beautiful!”

Ani P.

2. Bone cancer pain management:
“I have lung cancer metastasized to my bones. Carlos offered me a Reiki session.
I did not tell him anything about my health condition other that I felt very tired.
My second session was on a Friday. I was able to sleep over the weekend without taking my pain medications. I was taking those pain medications because of the severe bone pain I had. 
Since then I asked Carlos to give me a Reiki treatment session on Fridays.”
Jennifer D.

3. Headaches and Pain Management with Reiki:
“Before my Reiki session with Carlos I had a terrible and acute headache during the whole day at work.
I took coffee and Tylenol to reduce the headache and for the very first time this combination didn’t work for me. The excruciating pain was still there.
Carlos gave this second Reiki session about 30 after work. When I came for my session I was holding my head, because of the pain.
The Reiki session was very relaxing, peaceful and energizing. At the end of the session my headache was gone! and it didn’t return!”

Alexis T.

4. Bone (Tibia) Fracture – Pain Management with Reiki Energy Healing:

He is 13 years old. He broke his right tibia board skating.
“I felt the energy flowing through my body, specially my legs. When you put your hands on my cast, over my broken bone, I felt the energy moving to my other leg. The pain on my fractured bone was gone the next day“. 

 5. Lower Back, Hips, Legs and Fwwt – Pain Management with Reiki Energy Healing:

” I came with a very sharp pain on my hips and lower back. I also had pain on my feet, they feel numbed and an uncomfortable tingling sensation.
Today it’s my 5th Reiki energy healing session. I came with a very sharp hips pain and lower back pain. Surprisingly, after 5 to 10 minutes into the Reiki session, the sharp-piercing pain quietly went away! and I’m pain free now! This is very good!

It’s my first Reiki energy healing experience and it’s been quite interesting and valuable. For the last 3 years I’ve been experiencing inflammation of the nerve-ribs. I had extensive (conventional) treatments trying to reduce the pain, numbing and tingling on both legs and feet.
Surprisingly the Reiki treatments helped reducing the pain and tingling, specially on my feet where it was severe. This is the first time that the tingling on my feet has been reduced on almost 3 years.
It’s pretty amazing and I’m quite surprised and pleased with the pain reduction results!
It’s a kind of unique experience because it’s very subtle and yet effective. When you are lying on the table you feel these energy tingling sensations, it’s very relaxing and surprisingly during the session it reduces the pain on my feet and hips.
The big surprise is that the pain reduction last to the evening! all day long!”

Some Abstracts of the studies are presented on this page:

From PubMed, the congress medial library:

Cancer Prev Control. 1997 Jun;1(2):108-13.

Using Reiki to manage pain: a preliminary report


Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton, Alta.


The purpose of this study was to explore the usefulness of Reiki as an adjuvant to opioid therapy in the management of pain. Since no studies in this area could be found, a pilot study was carried out involving 20 volunteers experiencing pain at 55 sites for a variety of reasons, including cancer. All Reiki treatments were provided by a certified second-degree Reiki therapist. Pain was measured using both a visual analogue scale (VAS) and a Likert scale immediately before and after the Reiki treatment. Both instruments showed a highly significant (p < 0.0001) reduction in pain following the Reiki treatment.



 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Journal of Pain Symptom Manage. 2003 Nov;26(5):990-7.

A phase II trial of Reiki for the management of pain in advanced cancer patients


Faculty of Nursing and International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


This trial compared pain, quality of life, and analgesic use in a sample of patients with cancer pain (n=24) who received either standard opioid management plus rest (Arm A) or standard opioid management plus Reiki (Arm B). Participants either rested for 1.5 hr on Days 1 and 4 or received two Reiki treatments (Days 1 and 4) one hour after their first afternoon analgesic dose. Visual analogue scale (VAS) pain ratings, blood pressure, heart rate, and respirations were obtained before and after each treatment/rest period. Analgesic use and VAS pain scores were reported for 7 days. Quality of life was assessed on Days 1 and 7. Participants in Arm B experienced improved pain control on Days 1 and 4 following (Reiki) treatment, compared to Arm A, and improved quality of life, but no overall reduction in opioid use. Future research will determine the extent to which the benefits attributed to Reiki in this study may have been due to touch.



[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Reiki and Fatigue

Integrative Cancer Therapies. 2007 Mar;6(1):25-35.

Pilot crossover trial of Reiki versus rest for treating cancer-related fatigue.


Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


Fatigue is an extremely common side effect experienced during cancer treatment and recovery. Limited research has investigated strategies stemming from complementary and alternative medicine to reduce cancer-related fatigue. This research examined the effects of Reiki, a type of energy touch therapy, on fatigue, pain, anxiety, and overall quality of life. This study was a counterbalanced crossover trial of 2 conditions: (1) in the Reiki condition, participants received Reiki for 5 consecutive daily sessions, followed by a 1-week washout monitoring period of no treatments, then 2 additional Reiki sessions, and finally 2 weeks of no treatments, and (2) in the rest condition, participants rested for approximately 1 hour each day for 5 consecutive days, followed by a 1-week washout monitoring period of no scheduled resting and an additional week of no treatments. In both conditions, participants completed questionnaires investigating cancer-related fatigue (Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy Fatigue subscale [FACT-F]) and overall quality of life (Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy, General Version [FACT-G]) before and after all Reiki or resting sessions. They also completed a visual analog scale (Edmonton Symptom Assessment System [ESAS]) assessing daily tiredness, pain, and anxiety before and after each session of Reiki or rest. Sixteen patients (13 women) participated in the trial: 8 were randomized to each order of conditions (Reiki then rest; rest then Reiki). They were screened for fatigue on the ESAS tiredness item, and those scoring greater than 3 on the 0 to 10 scale were eligible for the study. They were diagnosed with a variety of cancers, most commonly colorectal (62.5%) cancer, and had a median age of 59 years. Fatigue on the FACT-F decreased within the Reiki condition (P=.05) over the course of all 7 treatments. In addition, participants in the Reiki condition experienced significant improvements in quality of life (FACT-G) compared to those in the resting condition (P <.05). On daily assessments (ESAS) in the Reiki condition, presession 1 versus postsession 5 scores indicated significant decreases in tiredness (P <.001), pain (P <.005), and anxiety (P<.01), which were not seen in the resting condition. Future research should further investigate the impact of Reiki using more highly controlled designs that include a sham Reiki condition and larger sample sizes.



[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


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