Hypnosis requires creative visualisation and this comes far more naturally to children than it does to adults. Children are able to let their guard down and relax with more ease than adults and this makes them more susceptible to hypnosis, allowing them to work on a number of issues such as pain and anxiety.
In 1986 a study took place to test the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in a pediatric setting. The results showed that the children who had high expectations of hypnotherapy and had a good relationship with their hypnotherapist found the treatment highly successful, as did those children whose parents had a positive relationship with their pediatrician.
Researchers have examined a number of cases where children have received hypnosis and at one hospital in particular 5% of children were using it to improve their symptoms. There are three specific areas where children have shown a significant improvement, the first being pain control, helping the children to reduce the severity of pain and the frequency of episodes. The second area it can help is anxiety by helping the children to relax and the third is helping eliminate bad habits using suggestibility to replace negative habits with positive.
Self hypnosis has also been found to have benefits as the children can use it whenever they feel they need to control their symptoms in a safe and natural way.
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