Fractures, Burns & Injuries - Guided Imagery and Meditation Blog | Health Journeys Mon, 22 May 2017 17:33:18 -0400 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb No Big Surprise: Motor Imagery Increases Burn Patients’ Mobility

Researchers from the Université de Lyon in Villeurbanne Cedex, France, investigated whether guided imagery can improve motor performance in the rehabilitation of burn patients, the way we know it does with central nervous system injury.

This study aimed to investigate the effects of a 2-week Motor Imagery (MI) training program, combined with conventional rehabilitation, on the recovery of motor functions in patients with hand burns. 

Fourteen patients admitted to the Medical Burn Center took part in the study and were randomly assigned to the imagery or the control group.  Behavioral data related to the ability to perform each successive step of three manual motor sequences were collected at five intervals during the protocol.

The results provided evidence that MI may indeed facilitate motor recovery, and noted that the belief in the effectiveness of MI was strong in all patients. MI may substantially contribute to improve the efficacy of conventional rehabilitation programs. Hence, this technique should be considered as a reliable alternative method to help burn patients to recover motor functions.

Citation:  Guillot A, Lebon F, Vernay M, Girbon JP, Doyon J, Collet C.  Effect of motor imagery in the rehabilitation of burn patientsJournal of Burn Care Research. 2009 Jul-Aug; 30 (4): pages 686-93.

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Using hypnosis to accelerate the healing of bone fractures: a randomized controlled pilot study.

In a small exploratory study by Carol Ginandes, PhD and Daniel Rosenthal, MD at Mass. General''s Dept. of Bone and Joint Disease in Boston, 12 adults with bone fractures were followed for 12 weeks, to see if hypnosis accelerated their healing. Radiographic results showed dramatically improved healing at 6 weeks in the hypnosis patients. In addition, orthopedic assessments of mobility, strength and need for analgesics showed greater improvement in the hypnosis patients at weeks 1, 3 and 9. The hypnotic intervention included audiotaped suggestions to reduce swelling, stimulate tissue growth, and fusion at the injury site, and counteract pain and stress; and imagery rehearsals of greater mobility, enhanced bone strength and recovery of normal activities.

Citation: Ginandes CS, Rosenthal Dl. Using hypnosis to accelerate the healing of bone fractures: a randomized controlled pilot study. Alter Ther Health Med. 1999 Mar; 5(2):67-75

]]> (Belleruth Naparstek) Fractures, Burns & Injuries Thu, 14 Aug 2003 05:00:02 -0400
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.
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 fell into a coma. When she finally regained consciousness, the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami designed a series of massage treatments to try to relieve her agony.

"With severe burns such as these, medications, even morphine, cannot eliminate the pain," explained her burns specialist, Michael Peck, M.D. But the massages worked. "It was wonderful," she recalls. "For the first time, the pain went away, and it didn''t come back until the therapist stopped."

Those brief pain-free moments gave her courage to face the future, including the repeat surgeries she required. Yet her insurers refused to cover the massage therapy on the grounds that it had no "proven" benefits. And, unable to work, she could not pay for the sessions.

After an 18-month-long campaign by her physicians and the Touch Research Institute, her insurers finally relented. And the good news for trauma victims today is that when doctors insist on massage as part of pain management, a growing number of insurers are likely to pay for it.

[Ed. Note: For more information on burn recovery, come to this year’s World Burn Congress on October 13-16 in Raleigh Durham, NC, sponsored by the Phoenix Society. It’s for burn survivors and the health and fire fighting professionals who work with them. Click on or email BR will be speaking there this year and leading a workshop at this extraordinary meeting.]
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