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Hypnosis and relaxation 

Hypnosis and relaxation
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Hypnosis and relaxation
Author(s):

Christina Liossi

, Leora Kuttner

, Chantal Wood

, and Lonnie K. Zeltzer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199642656.003.0054
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date: 17 June 2019

This chapter discusses the current research literature and clinical practice regarding the use of hypnosis in paediatric pain management, first defining hypnosis and discussing theoretical conceptualizations. Next it presents our current understanding of the mechanisms of hypnotic analgesia, along with the research evidence for the efficacy of hypnosis in the control of acute and chronic paediatric pain; in both sections relevant clinical techniques are discussed. It also includes a description and discussion of different relaxation techniques and the evidence for their efficacy in acute and chronic pain management, and concludes with an attempt to summarize and evaluate the existing literature and make suggestions for future studies and clinical practice.

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