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Fractures, Burns & Injuries (3)

13 Sep

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.

14 Aug

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

02 Aug

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.