As a often hospital visiter, I like to learn new ways to cope with painful procedures and just make the whole experience easier for both me and the doctor or nurse (or whoever). As I was browsed Youtube, I saw a video that's title went something of "Comfort Positioning for Medical Purposes." I, curiously, watched the video to find it was ways to hold your child during needles and such so that the child is comfortable, calm and feels more incontrol and also makes the process easier for medical staff. Mostly, I found this video very interesting and one day (in the extremely distant future) if I have a child, I would use this myself. But I began to wonder if there is a sort of comfort position people can use by themselves to feel more comfortable and calm, and also confident that you will be able to get through the test/procedure. I'm not sure what that would be called, but I expect this already exists. And since everyone is different, I'd like to share my own (what I shall call) 'Self-Assuring Positioning.'
I've had medical procedures done in many different situations, all of which I've been able to deal with one way or another.
When I'm sitting in a chair, I'll sit back far as possible. Say they need my left arm. I'll position my arm how they ask. I keep my other hand in my lap, wide open. This is both to relax my muscles (like, keeping from tensing up) and also if the procedure hurts, clentching my fist will cause my distraction since I'd have to lift my arm and close my hand. I tend to not cross my legs: my muscles will become more tense and it gives the appearance of nervouseness. If you show confidence, you (most likely) will be less scared.
If I'm lieing down and again, they need my arm, I'll position it however they ask. I tend to watch what is going on, so I'll turn my head. If you prefer not to watch, turn your head the other way: Keeping your head up will mean your neck muscles are working and also keeping your head to the side will also relax you (especially if you have a pillow). I'll allow the joints in my legs to bend with the sheets, pillows, etc. because you will become less tense. My other arm varies. Sometimes I'll lie it flat, other times I'll put my hand under my head. This isn't so much the idea of holding my hand still in case it hurts, it's more so because it's just comfortable for me.
However, this is simply what works for me. It may not work for you. I repeated constatnly to keep your muscles loose and relaxed because no matter what works for you, being tense will always cause more pain. This is because your skin is tight and your muscles are too, cause the nurse or whoever to use more pressure or force. Also being tense out of expecting pain will cause pain. Really. Just think happy thoughts and relax a little. And keep your chin up kid, it's the best way to get through it.