Imagination For Easing Aching Tummies



A latest study has shown that infants that repeatedly suffered from tummy aches could experience relief when they learned to employ their imagination for feeling better.

The study that was printed in the November issue of ‘Paediatrics’ revealed that more number of infants ailing from recurrent stomach aches experienced significant amount of improvement when their treatment additionally comprised of guided imagery alongside standard medical care.

During the course of a news broadcast scientist Miranda van Tilburg, PhD, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill explicated that the thrilling aspect about this study is that kids could undoubtedly lower their stomach pain to a major extent by themselves, with assistance from audio recordings.

tummy achesThe study was conducted on 34 infants in the age group of 6-15years that underwent treatment at the University of North California, Chapel Hill and Duke Medical Center.

All the children ailed from stomach pains having unclear medical reasons. All of them received standard medical care for treating those unremitting stomach aches.

Few of the infants also were shown instructional DVDs and CDs containing guided imagery exercises. For purposes of assessment, the remaining children were not shown those CDs till 2 months later.

During one of the guided imagery programs, the kids were requested to visualize ‘being contentedly afloat on top a huge, fluffy cloud’ and relaxing gradually. Another program illustrated about envisioning a special item that would liquefy into the child’s hands ‘much alike butter and would make the hand glisten and tepid’, and then coaching the children to place that hand on their tummy, ‘envisaging the light and the warmness disseminating all through their stomach and forming a shielding barrier within that would not allow anything to aggravate the tummy’.

The CDs were utilised by the kids for about 8 weeks. The kids developed a liking for the CDs and majority of them heard the CDs more repeatedly than needed.

During the conclusion of the 8-week long time period, 63% of the children that received guided imagery CDs experienced a significant allaying in the intensity of the stomach pains by nearly half, in comparison to the 27% of infants that had received only standard medical treatment.

Then, those children that didn’t previously get the CDs got their chance using guided imagery technique. After eight weeks, 61% of these kids also experienced at least fifty percent improvement in their abdominal pain.

Subsequent to 8 weeks of treatment, the children eventually used the CDs less frequently, although they were required to continue using the guided imagery technique which they had learned.

After six months, nearly 62% of these kids that had shown positive response to the guided imagery treatment were still observed to be doing quite well.

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  1. 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) at ImageryForKids.com
    Charlotte Reznick Ph.D.

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