Hypnosis for Pain Management

“The empirical support for hypnosis for chronic pain management has flourished over the past two decades. Clinical trials show that hypnosis is effective for reducing chronic pain, although outcomes vary between individuals. The findings from these clinical trials also show that hypnotic treatments have a number of positive effects beyond pain control. Neurophysiological studies […]

Hypnosis for Pain Management

Pain that persists for longer than 6 months is referred to as chronic pain (Keefe, 1982). Unrelieved chronic pain can cause considerable suffering, physical limitations, and emotional distress (Turk, 1996). Further, chronic pain is one of the most common reasons for seeking medical care but often persists despite treatment with analgesics and […]

Hypnosis with Breast Surgery

Breast cancer surgery is associated with side effects, including postsurgical pain, nausea, and fatigue.

In this study, a randomized clinical trial involving 200 patients undergoing breast surgery tested the hypotheses that a brief presurgery hypnosis intervention would decrease intraoperative anesthesia and analgesic use and side effects associated with breast cancer surgery and that it would […]

Hypnosis Works for Pain Control

The US Institute for the Study of Healthcare Organizations & Transactions has a study on the effectiveness of Hypnosis in Pain Management.

As you can see from their graph, Hypnosis achieved a higher level of pain reduction than Acupuncture, Morphine or the Placebo. Hypnosis not only helps to relieve pain but it helps to […]

Hypnosis for Pain Management

Within the realm of medicine, the method of hypnoanalgesia can be adapted for various situations. In most cases, the intervention consists of four main stages (Chaves, 1994). The first stage involves preparation of the patient. As can be expected, most patients come into hypnosis with various expectations. In order to obtain the maximum gain, the […]

Hypnosis for Pain Management

Hypnosis can be used for all patients for pain relief including, in some instances, as a form of analgesia for surgery, a Perth conference of anaesthetists and pain specialists was told in 2012.

New Zealand psychiatrist and pain medicine specialist, Dr Bob Large, from the Auckland Regional Pain Service said about 10 to 15 per […]

Hypnosis and Pain Management

In a media release in May 2012, the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) had this to say about hypnosis and pain management:

Hypnosis can be used for all patients for pain relief including, in some instances, as a form of analgesia for surgery, a Perth conference of anaesthetists and pain specialists will […]

Hypnosis to Manage Anxiety and Pain Associated with Colonoscopy

In a paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Medicine*, Gary Elkins PhD describes a clinical study where six patients were treated with hypnosis prior to undergoing a colonoscopy procedure.

In all cases, anxiety and discomfort levels were considerably reduced.

Hypnosis is a mind-body intervention that has been used to manage pain and anxiety […]

Hypnotherapy and Vaginismus

Many studies have shown that hypnotherapy is highly effective in the treatment of vaginismus and in the control of the extremely painful spasms associated with it.

In a study published in ScienceDirect’*, Reza Pourhosein and Zeynab Bahrami Ehsan of the Department of Psychology, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, and the Department of Psychology, University of […]