The nocebo effect could be the one thing standing in the way of a full recovery – and now it’s time to knock that barrier down once and for all. In this article, you’ll learn what the nocebo effect is and how it could be hindering your stroke recovery efforts.
Then, we’ll show you how to overcome the nocebo effect so that you can achieve maximum results.
Nocebo vs Placebo Effect
The nocebo effect is the opposite of the placebo effect.
The placebo effect occurs when you benefit from something that you weren’t supposed to benefit from simply because you believed that it was going to help you. The placebo effect can shape your reality for the better through the power of thought alone.
The nocebo effect, on the other hand, can shape your reality for the worse.
The nocebo effect occurs when you’re told that something is going to hurt you, and believing so unfortunately makes it so.
For example, during a double-blind clinical trial where patients were warned about the possible negative side effects of a drug, about 25% of them went on to suffer severe side effects – when they were only taking sugar pills.
Indeed, our thoughts and intentions have a profound impact on our physical reality. The placebo effect can be healing-inducing while the nocebo effect can be pain-inducing.
The only difference is what you’re told and what you choose to believe.
Taking Your Recovery into Your Own Hands
As you can see, what we choose to believe in has a powerful effect on the reality that we create for ourselves. So how does this relate to your stroke recovery?
If you’ve been told that you’re only going to recover a limited amount of movement, then you’re being influenced by the nocebo effect.
Yes, there is incredible merit to what your doctors, therapists, and physiatrists say – but you deserve some merit of your own, too.
What if you started telling yourself that this isn’t the end of your recovery? What if you started believing that a full recovery really is possible? Imagine the success you could create for yourself with the simple power of those thoughts.
Take it from stroke survivor Nicole Marquez who survived a fall from the roof of her apartment building and was told it’s unlikely that she’ll ever walk again.
As a former dancer, she refused to accept those limits. She rejected the nocebo effect and believed that a higher recovery was possible. And now, she’s walking again and working on being able to dance again.
Stroke survivors like Nicole are living proof that the nocebo effect only has power over you if you let it have power over you.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is this: Think you can’t, and you won’t. Think you can, and you will.
Always remember that you are worthy of a full recovery and that a full recovery is within reach. And even if you can’t physically recover 100%, believing that you can will get you much farther than believing that you can’t.