Hypnotherapy reduces pain and anxiety in children with burns says trial
The University of Queensland’s Child Health Research Centre (CHRC) studied whether hypnotherapy decreased pain, anxiety, and stress for children undergoing potentially painful changes to their burns dressings. The good news is that yes it does. Research into working with pain with burns patients is not new. The American Dr Dabney Ewin conducted many studies on how hypnosis can assist with not only pain management when it comes to burns, but also in the reduction of post surgical trauma and the decrease in the need for reconstructive surgery.
The fact that this latest research shows good results for children, cannot be ignored in the treatment of adults with a variety of pain issues. Whilst I do not work with children personally, I have found that clinical research relating to children often has an impact on how we work with adults.
Pain and its associate anxiety can be debilitating for those who suffer, and anything that can be used to assist in its reduction must be seen as a good thing. The idea of using the power of the mind to do this without a chemical intervention can also be considered a good thing, as the idea of continuing to pump people with pain killers is not seen as best practice.
Never underestimate the power of the mind.