Monday, May 23, 2005
Hypnosis Helps Kids Cope With NeedlesSome of you may have read that I have a great deal of interest in using hypnosis to help patients relax and ease pain. I found this article today:
"Adelaide doctor Graham Wicks is one of a few Australian pioneers using hypnosis to treat children with problems ranging from headaches to nightmares.
For children who suffer from kidney disease, the painful prospect of blood tests and daily dialysis can be a scary ordeal.
"Sitting for three to four hours, at least three times a week, and having a large-bore needle thrust into an artery - and I've seen patients who've had dialysis for maybe a year or so, aged 12 or 13, who've suddenly said, 'I don't want to have that any more, I cant tolerate it'," he said.
"And even though these children are told, 'If you don't have it, you're running a grave risk of not surviving', I've had patients who've still said, 'Well that'd be better than what's going on now'.
"They're the ones you can really help [with hypnosis]," he said."
Posted by HypnoKitten at 10:29 PM