Literature Review of the Evidence-base for the Effectiveness of Hypnotherapy for Chronic Pain and Anxiety

This very interesting and useful paper by Eileen Davis* reviews ten studies on the effectiveness of Hypnotherapy.

Here is a summary of her findings: The goal of this literature review is to provide a contemporary review of research on the effectiveness of hypnotherapy. Ten studies have been reviewed on the application of hypnotherapy to […]

Hypnosis for the Relief and Control of Pain

A recent article by the America Psychological Association had this to say:

“… hypnosis has been supplemented by well-controlled experiments. In their 2003 review of controlled clinical studies, Dr. Patterson and fellow psychologist Mark Jensen, PhD, found that hypno-analgesia is associated with significant reductions in: ratings of pain, need for analgesics or sedation, nausea […]

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.

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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 […]