Introduction

It is a sad paradox that the injection of local anesthesia into a wound —in order to render debridement and wound closure painless —is itself painful. In pediatrics, especially, such an unpleasant prelude often aggravates the situation for both patient and physician.

The following technique serves to eliminate the pain of wound injection. It makes simple use of the fundamental fact that consciousness (i.e., present awareness) is limited. Thus, when consciousness is preempted by pain, other stimuli are disregarded. Distraction, then, is merely the redirection of consciousness from painful to nonpainful stimuli. Of course, when distraction redirects consciousness from kinesthetic (i.e., feeling) to visual perceptions, the likelihood of anesthesia is enhanced.

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Hypnotherapy Healing

Hypnotherapy Healing

Loosely explained, hypnotherapy is an exercise of therapy which induces a deep relaxation state of body and mind and then uses this state of mind to introduce ideas or images into the consciousness.

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