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  1. What Can Help with the Excruciating Pain of Burn Recovery?

    Belleruth and HJ Staff,

    Do you have any titles for burn victims beyond the general Relieve Pain title?  There is a 14 year old, significantly burned young man going through recovery experiencing excruciating pain, whom I would like to help.

    James

    Dear James,

    There have been several studies showing that guided imagery, hypnosis and other mind-body methods can boost burn healing, accelerate joint motility and provide relief from the considerable pain and itching involved in recovery.  So I’m happy to make some suggestions for your teenager.

    The first thing that comes to mind is Carol Ginandes' excellent Rapid Recovery from Injury - a 6 session hypnosis series that has some powerful images and suggestions around 'dialing down' pain, while addressing recovery and healing. It's very well done and highly effective for most people of all ages. 

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  2. Burn Survivor Finds Massage a Powerful Pain Reliever

    Years ago, a woman and her fiancé were traveling in a private plane when they got into trouble and plowed into a hillside. He died as a result of burns, and she was severely injured herself, with burns covering all but the soles of her feet.

    She was in a coma for quite a while. When she regained consciousness, the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami designed a series of massage treatments to try to relieve her intense pain.

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  3. Adding Virtual Reality Increases Pain In Burn Patients? Huh?

    Editorial comment:
     
    Some of you know I’ve always cast a wary eye on Virtual Reality as a technique, mainly because its cost makes it unrealistic for most people and situations; and because instead of directing focus inward, the way hypnosis and guided imagery do, to increase internal locus of control and empowerment for self-driven change, it takes end-users’ attention outward, so that they must depend on the VR machinery to create sensation.
     
    Except for the relative few who are congenitally incapable of doing self-directed imagery for relaxation, this seems like a self-defeating, redundant, expensive option.  These researchers deserve great praise for their integrity. They published a study where the findings ran counter to their hopes and wishes for VR.

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  4. Three separate life crises - a diagnosis of lymphoma, her home burning down, and the loss of her job

    Three separate life crises - a diagnosis of lymphoma, her home burning down, and the loss of her job - precipitate anxiety & sleeplessness, and guided imagery gets her relaxed and back to sleep..
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  5. Can imagery help with the itching as burn patients heal?

    A nurse who works on a burn trauma unit asks if imagery can help with the itching problem in healing burn injury, as many patients, especially children, complicate their recovery and do a lot of damage with scratching..
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  6. Burn survivor offers inspirng story

    During the Open Mike part of the World Burn Congress’ - a lunch activity each of the 4 days - a man with a badly disfigured face and no hands spoke of his crash-and-burn truck accident several years earlier..
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  7. The effect of music-based imagery and musical alternate engagement on the burn debridement process.

    The effect of music-based imagery and musical alternate engagement on the burn debridement process.
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  8. Massage helps burn survivor pain.

    Massage helps a courageous burn survivor recover from daunting injuries and terrible pain, both physical and emotional. Her docs and therapists successfully advocate for reimbursement for this critically important CAM intervention.
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  9. Hypnosis delivered through immersive virtual reality for burn pain.

    Researchers at The University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle find that virtual reality-based hypnosis reduces pain and anxiety in burn patients, and cuts the need for pain meds in half.
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