Will hypnosis sessions one day join crutches and casts as standard treatment for broken bones? A study suggests so.
Of a dozen adults with broken ankles, half had hypnotherapy. Their bones healed quicker, they felt less pain, used fewer painkillers, and were able to walk farther and bear more weight on their injured legs than those who used casts, crutches, and painkillers alone (Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Mar 1999).
The hypnosis group also found it easier to walk down stairs at 6 weeks and had greater mobility at 9 weeks, says study author Carol Ginandes, PhD, a clinical psychology instructor at Harvard Medical School. "The x-rays support this," she adds. "At 6 weeks, the fractures appeared to be almost 9 weeks healed."
Hypnosis has an added benefit: "When you're in pain and need to use crutches, you may feel angry or depressed. Hypnosis addresses the emotional issues as well as your physical symptoms," says Dr. Ginandes.
Choose a licensed psychologist or other licensed mental health care provider who has received advanced clinical training in medical hypnosis for this kind of treatment.
Source - Prevention Magazine
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