Burns, Pain and Hypnosis – New Research

A recent study at University Hospital (CHUV) in Lausanne, Switzerland looked at the effect hypnosis had on burns and the associated conditions that arise from being severely burnt. Interestingly enough even on opiate medication, severely burnt victims still commonly suffer incredible levels of pain. Further research needs to be conducted but the findings from this study highlight how hypnosis can help reduce burn trauma related pain. The following has been taken directly from the abstract of the study. Please see the link to the study at the bottom of this article.

“A pain protocol including hypnosis reduced pain intensity, improved opioid efficiency, reduced anxiety, improved wound outcome while reducing costs. The protocol guided use of opioids improved patient care without side effects, while hypnosis had significant psychological benefits.”

There were only twenty three participants in the study and hence further research with a greater number of participants is needed to verify the results of these findings. However, this research and some further past studies have shown promising results in how we can possibly better care for those affected by severe burns, reducing levels of pain and associated anxiety with hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

– Michael


Impact of a pain protocol including hypnosis in major burns
Mette M. Berger, Maryse Davadant, Christian Marin, Jean-Blaise Wasserfallen, Christophe Pinget, Philippe Maravic, Nathalie Koch, Wassim Raffoul, René L. Chiolero
Burns – August 2010 (Vol. 36, Issue 5, Pages 639-646, DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2009.08.009)

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