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 […]

Treating Stomach Pains with Hypnosis

In January 2013 Science Nordic published this article describing research into the effectiveness of Hypnotherapy in treating IBS:

It’s the world’s most common gastrointestinal disease, with symptoms ranging from abdominal pain and discomfort to disturbed bowel movements and abdominal bloating.

Yet relatively little is known about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or […]

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 […]

Using Hypnosis for Spinal Cord Injury Pain Management

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Presented on September 11, 2007, by Shelley Wiechman, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Wiechman discusses what hypnosis is, how it is used to treat pain, and what the research on hypnosis for treating pain shows so far.

She […]

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 […]

Hypnotherapy and Ill and Injured Workers

In an article in the IAIABC Journal Michael Ellner and Robert Aurbach report:

“Hypnosis is an excellent intervention tool for the treatment of injured and ill workers with respect to learned helplessness, disability behavior and many of the physical and emotional symptoms experienced by injured workers. Assistance with stress and coping with external stressors, chronic […]

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 […]