The Magic Glove
Using imagination and self hypnosis to help kids with pain
About this Resource
Dr. Leora Kuttner is pioneer in the field of pain management. Her demonstration of the Magic Glove technique is great example of the amazing capacity of imagination and the mind to bring comfort. The Magic Glove is a hypnotic pain management technique to reduce pain sensation and anxiety for children having a needle procedure.
Kids have amazing imaginations and hypnosis is widely used to ease pain during medical procedures. In responsive children the Magic Glove can create significant sensory changes and partial anesthesia, which can boost a child’s confidence and comfort in the ability to cope with painful and fearful procedures. This short film with 9-year old Jazze who has needle phobia, demonstrates how to use the Magic Glove. Through her focused attention, the child experiences the glove being smoothed into her hand from finger-tips up to wrist– demarcating the area in which decreased sensory awareness and numbness occurs. It is important to ‘take off the glove’ i.e. reverse the application when the procedure is over to ensure that normal sensation returns.
Who This Is Meant For
- Children 3 to 12 years old, (a fearful 14 year-old may also be responsive) with language adjusted to the developmental age of the child
- Blood draws, IV starts, vaccinations, sutures, port-a-cath access, • Use on hands, arms, feet, legs, but can be used on any body area as a ‘blankey’, patch, hat, sock, stocking etc
- Use with topical anesthetics such as EMLA . Apply the glove once the topical anesthetics has taken effect i.e. for EMLA, after 75 min
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