Before we look at the application of Hypnosis for Pain (chronic) relief, let us understand what is chronic pain.
Any pain that lasts longer than 6 months is referred to as chronic pain. Such pain can cause significant suffering and emotional distress. Chronic pain is the leading cause of disability, missed work and seeking medical care worldwide.
Studies and research conducted across the world shows that #hypnosis is a highly effective tool for pain management.
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What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of hyper-suggestibility, in which the mind of the hypnotized person becomes very receptive to the suggestions being received. When suggestions are given to a person in a hypnotic state, their mind has a natural tendency to accept and act upon the same.
Hypnosis for Pain Relief – Process
Hypnosis in the treatment of chronic pain involves:
a hypnotic induction with acknowledging the pain,
suggestions for relaxation and pain relief and
treating the root cause (psychological or emotional) that may be creating the pain in the first place.
The relief after using #Hypnosis for pain management lasts beyond the therapeutic sessions.
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Hypnosis for Pain Relief – Research Findings
Here are some research findings that show that hypnosis can reduce pain, increase the feeling of well-being and decreased perceived stress.
A study by Patterson and Jensen demonstrates that hypnosis can reduce analogue pain. The paper says that ‘randomized controlled studies with clinical populations indicate that hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute procedural pain and chronic pain conditions’.
Another study by the same authors, Hypnotic treatment of chronic pain, shows that ‘hypnotic analgesia produces significantly greater decreases in pain relative to non-hypnotic interventions such as medication management, physical therapy, and education/advice.’
In a preliminary investigation by Appel and Bleiberg, a pain reduction protocol was administered to chronic pain patients. ‘The protocol emphasized converting pain sensations into visual and auditory representations, which then were manipulated through therapeutic suggestion’. The study concluded that pain reduction was significantly related to hypnotizability.
In A meta-analysis of hypnotically induced analgesia by Montgomery, DuHamel and Redd examined the effectiveness of hypnosis in pain management. ‘Meta-analysis of 18 studies revealed a moderate to large hypno-analgesic effect, supporting the efficacy of hypnotic techniques for pain management. The results also indicated that hypnotic suggestion was equally effective in reducing both clinical and experimental pain. The overall results suggest broader application of hypno-analgesic techniques with pain patients.’
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Why Hypnosis for Pain Relief is highly recommended?
Mamta Sharma is an Advanced Life Coach, Corporate Trainer, Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner, Cognitive Hypnotic Coaching Trainer and a certified Hypnotist, accredited by esteemed institutions across the world. Mamta is a skilled coach who consistently achieves excellent results with her clients. She believes that everyone deserves to experience the best part of them. By creating a safe, comfortable environment and an attitude of open acceptance, each and every person can discover that 'specialness' that sets them apart from everyone else. She is passionate about her work and is committed to her own personal and professional development.