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Study: Imagination Helpful For Kids With Functional Abdominal Pain

October 16, 2009 by  

Study finds alternative treatment beneficial for kids with chronic painUsing an alternative treatment has been found to greatly improve symptoms for children dealing with functional abdominal pain.

According to Newswise, children who used guided imagery in addition to mainstream medical treatments were almost three times as likely to improve their pain problem than kids who only had standard medical care.

Functional abdominal pain affects as many as 20 percent of children. It is defined as persistent pain with no identifiable underlying disease that interferes with activities.

The guided imagery treatments consisted of 10-minute weekly and 20-minute bi-weekly exercises done at home with a CD. One, for example, instructed kids to imagine they were floating on a cloud and relaxing.

Researchers say their findings support using alternative medicine as an important health resource.

"Children can clearly reduce their abdominal pain a lot on their own with guidance from audio recordings, and they get much better results that way than from medical care alone. Such self-administered treatment is very inexpensive and can be used in addition to other treatments, which potentially opens the door for easily enhancing treatment outcomes for a lot of children suffering from frequent stomach aches," said lead author Dr Miranda van Tilburg.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19405256-ADNFCR

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  • Charlotte Reznick PhD

    I am thrilled to read about this study. It’s a wonderful addition to similar research in the field. My own work has been in teaching children to access the power of their imagination to heal themselves and reach their full potential. I’m a Los Angeles based child educational psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at UCLA. In one guided imagery group I conducted a few years ago, kids were complaining of all sorts of symptoms: one had a headache, another a stomachache, and still a third boy had a stinging canker sore. So I created an imagery that helped all of them: they imagined creating a magical garden where they could grow healthy and strong and rested in a healing pond while their garden (a thinly disguised metaphor for their body) grew. Afterwards, both the headache and stomachache was gone and the canker sore didn’t sting. This lead me to record a CD Creating a Magical Garden and Healing Pond that kids and parents tell me helps with all sorts of pain – physical, emotional, and spiritual. I invite you to learn about this at my website and my new book The Power of Your Child’s IMagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success (Perigee/Penguin)
    Charlotte Reznick Ph.D.

  • http://www.gofishfind.info/rss/6.xml Gregory

    Ive got some good party ideas from this. Halloween is going be a good one! Cheers

  • Phyllis Salceda

    my abdominal pains are usually caused by bloating and indigestion, i better control my diet.^

    My favorite online site
    http://www.foodsupplementdigest.com/caffeine-overdose/

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