The University of Minnesota on Medical Hypnosis



Children and adolescents with chronic medical or emotional conditions often benefit
from medical self-hypnosis, which is taught at University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, Fairview. This therapeutic -approach, based upon the intimate relationship between mind and body, has been recognized in the medical community
since the 1950s.
Medical self-hypnosis teaches patients how to focus and concentrate, leading to a state of
inner relaxation and increased self-control. It isa useful tool for managing mental and physical functions in a variety of situations, from tolerating pain to regulating behavior. Most children and adolescents can learn self-hypnosis – even the very
young.  For example, if a toddler or preschool aged child can follow nursery rhymes, bed
time stories, or videos, they can learn self- hypnosis techniques with the help of their parent and a trained clinician.
Our patients are taught by developmental/behavioral pediatricians who have additional
specialized training in medical self-hypnosis, and the director of our program is board-certified by both the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Medical Hypnosis. We work closely with each patient’s primary care physician to develop a treatment plan based on the individual child’s needs.
Conditions We Treat (Conditions marked with often respond well to medical self-hypnosis when combined with other medical treatment.)

Recurrent Pain

-Stomach Ache/Abdominal Pain
-Discomfort Associated with Medical Procedures
-Back Pain

Behavioral/Emotional/Psychological Conditions

-Habit Disorders
-Sleep Disorders
-Tic Disorders, including Tourette’s Syndrome
-Problems with Concentration
-Weight Control
-Learning Disorders
Side Effects of Other Treatments

-Nausea and Vomiting Associated with Chemotherapy
-Post-Surgical Recovery
-Sleep Disturbances related to Medication
-Gastrointestinal Disorders
-Inflammatory Bowel Disease
–Crohn’s Disease
–Ulcerative Colitis
-Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Other Chronic Illnesses, such as:

-Cystic Fibrosis
-Dermatological Disorders
-Itch-Scratch Cycle
-Urticaria (Hives)
Services and Treatment We Offer   Medical Self-Hypnosis for Conditions Listed Above

-Pain Management
-Coping with Illness and with Side Effects
of Medication
-Stress Management
-Self-Regulation of Body Functions
-Current Research

Current Research

Cyberphysiology (Self-Regulation) in Children and Adolescents with Headaches
Ability of Children to Alter and Regulate Physiologic Functions with Self-Hypnosis
Use of Self-Hypnosis Training for Anxiety Management in Children Department
Download the PDF document named “Medical Hypnosis – University Of Minnesota Childrens Hospital – Fairview.pdf”  here