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Complementary therapy in paediatric pain 

Complementary therapy in paediatric pain
Complementary therapy in paediatric pain

Lonnie K. Zeltzer

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date: 30 July 2021

There is increasing paediatric use of complementary therapies (CTs), especially for paediatric pain. This chapter reviews the key literature on studies that pertain to CTs that impact pain in children. The research is still in its infancy with few studies that have been well designed and replicated. Likely the strongest of the studies is in hypnotherapy, which will have its own chapter, and in biofeedback for headaches. Acupuncture research is growing but there are few well designed studies in children compared to those in adults. Risks in CTs mostly relate to training of the practitioner and good clinical judgement (e.g. avoiding massage in children aversive to touch). Most are safe when used with clinical judgement.

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