Hypnosis delivered through immersive virtual reality for burn pain.
A virtual reality-based hypnotic induction was used to deliver hypnotic pain reduction to burn-injury patients undergoing painful wound-care procedures. Pre- and post-procedure measures were collected on 13 patients with burn injuries across 3 days.
In an uncontrolled series of cases, there was a decrease in reported pain and anxiety, and the need for opioid medication was cut in half. The results support additional research on the utility and efficacy of hypnotic analgesia provided by virtual reality hypnosis.
Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award