Hypnosis for Pain Control...
There are several different scientific models that describe how pain is transmitted throughout the body, transmitted to the brain, and then processed by the brain. There is no specific part of the brain that handles pain. All of the models agree that the signals eventually wind up in the brain. Because the brain is involved, we can use hypnosis to do wonderful things with how those signals are interpreted and responded to.
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Hypnosis isn’t about convincing you that you don’t feel pain; it’s about helping you manage the fear and anxiety you feel related to that pain. It relaxes you, and it redirects your attention from the sensation of pain. In a hypnosis session,we will start with relaxation techniques. Then the hypnotist will guide you in refocusing your attention from something that triggers negative emotions to something that will activate positive emotions, such as being at the beach.
If your mind is off to the beach, and you’re imagining the warmth of the sun, the cool of the breeze, the sand at your feet, you’ll be less focused on your pain, and ready for the indirect suggestion of how to react to pain in the future. It might sound something like this: “You will continue to feel this same sensation of pain, but you’ll be much less distressed about it, much calmer, much more at ease, not worried about it.” By minimizing your reaction to pain, we are able to make the experience of pain less significant.
Hypnosis isn’t a one-shot treatment. Hypnosis typically helps relieve pain in just 2 to 6 sessions. But some people will benefit faster. The goal is to teach clients the technique so they can use it on their own when pain strikes. Having hypnosis as a tool also helps eliminate the stress that comes from not having control.
There have been several studies on the effectiveness of using hypnosis to release unwanted behaviors. The American Medical Association suggests that the number one, most effective treatment for stress, is hypnosis or self-hypnosis. Anyone who has experienced physical pain, knows there is stress involved. By reducing stress in the life of someone experiencing physical pain, their quality of life almost always improves dramatically. Continued use of self-hypnotic techniques continues to reinforce the relaxation and improved feelings.
Hypnosis has shown to be effective in helping to relieve pain caused by...
Phantom limb pain
Before, during and after surgery
Neuropathic pain (Diabetic pain)
"Studies show that more than 75% of people with arthritis and related diseases experience significant pain relief using hypnosis."
- The Arthritis Foundation
Hypnosis Helps Kids, Too...
Hypnosis is a tool you also can give a child to help him or her to take control. When he feels pain, he can do something about it immediately. This reduces the stress associated with the pain and can help to keep the pain from escalating.
For children, creating an active mental escape may be necessary. Rather than relaxing at the beach with a book, a child may want to imagine playing on the playground or kicking a soccer ball down the field.
Hypnosis Can Give You Control Over Pain...
Some people respond to hypnosis better than others, but there’s no harm in trying it.
Hypnosis has no side effects and if it doesn’t work for you, you can stop at any time.
But many people report a significant reduction in pain, and gain a simple tool for easing pain that you can use any time.
Hypnosis Reduces Frequency and Intensity of Migraines
Anderson JA, Basker MA, Dalton R, Migraine and hypnotherapy, International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis 1975; 23(1): 48-58.
Hypnosis Reduces Pain and Speeds up Recovery from Surgery
[Hypnosis and its application in surgery] Faymonville ME, Defechereux T, Joris J, Adant JP, Hamoir E, Meurisse M, Service d’Anesthesie-Reanimation, Universite de Liege, Rev Med Liege. 1998 Jul;53(7):414-8.
Hypnosis Reduces Pain Intensity
Dahlgren LA, Kurtz RM, Strube MJ, Malone MD, Differential effects of hypnotic suggestion on multiple dimensions of pain.Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. 1995; 10(6): 464-70.
Hypnosis Has a Reliable and Significant Impact on Acute and Chronic Pain
Hypnosis has been demonstrated to reduce analogue pain, and studies on the mechanisms of laboratory pain reduction have provided useful applications to clinical populations. Studies showing central nervous system activity during hypnotic procedures offer preliminary information concerning possible physiological mechanisms of hypnotic analgesia. Randomized controlled studies with clinical populations indicate that hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute procedural pain and chronic pain conditions. Methodological issues of this body of research are discussed, as are methods to better integrate hypnosis into comprehensive pain treatment.
Hypnosis and clinical pain. Patterson DR, Jensen MP, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA USA 98104 Psychol Bull. 2003 Jul;129(4):495-521.