A recent medical study confirmed what professionals using hypnotherapy have known for a long time: that this treatment can do wonders for pain and anxiety, with little to no side effects.
Medical student and PhD candidate at Australia’s University of Queensland, Stephen Chester conducted a randomized controlled trial at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. He worked with young burn victims for the study during the typically very painful process of changing their skin dressings. The experience of going through the burn treatment as a whole, he describes, can often be traumatic.
Patients were randomly assigned to either receive hypnosis before their burn dressing was changed, or the standard care.
Participants in the hypnotherapy group, after the first session, experienced:
70% decrease in pain
67% reduction in anxiety
After the third hypnosis treatment, patients had:
90% lower pain
84% lower anxiety
Scientifically, these are stunning results!
The patients receiving hypnotherapy also had significantly lower heart rates before and after the third dressing change. This is normally used as an objective measure of pain and stress, according to the researchers.
Read the original article on the University of Queensland’s website here.
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