In 2016, CDC released a report estimating that 50 million Americans, just over 20% of adult population, have chronic pain. About 20 million of them have a “high impact” chronic pain, pain severe enough to limit life or work activities.
Chronic pain can have variety of causes, such as initial injury or ongoing illness, but there may also be what seems like no clear cause.
Studies show that Hypnosis for Chronic Pain resulted in significant reduction in perceived pain.
Hypnosis was shown effective for a wide variety of different chronic pain conditions – Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Cancer, Low Back pain, Neck pain, TMJ, etc.
Hypnosis has additional benefits for people with chronic pain – reduced anxiety, improved sleep, enhanced quality of life.
People who suffer from Chronic Pain often experience anxiety, depression, sleep issues, fatigue, and lack of appetite. These are followed by unhappiness and fears of the future, which in turn may cause even more pain. If you suffer from pain, it feels often that you have lost control over your life, adding further to your emotional pain.
4-Session Pain Management Program
The focus of the Program is to teach you how to control your pain, to make you feel more comfortable, and to empower you. You will:
- Learn to experience deep hypnotic relaxation to reduce stress & anxiety
- Master to transform pain into something less scary and more manageable
- Be able to access your own pain control dial
- Numb the part of the body that is painful
- Practice in hypnosis envisioning yourself living without pain, and shifting your mind to more positivity
- Improve quality of life
Prof. Eric Garland from University of Utah, and colleagues took on systematic review and meta-analysis of MBTs ( published in JAMA Internal Medicine), and concluded that “To help combat the opioid crisis, guidelines encourage practitioners to consider nonopioid pain management options, including [MBTs]” A meta-analysis of mind-body therapies (MBTs), such as meditation, hypnosis, relaxation techniques, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), have been shown to ease physical pain and prevent the development of opioid use disorder.
When it came to hypnosis studies analysis, 15 out of 23 studies suggested that this intervention could significantly alleviate pain, and 12 out of 23 said that it significantly reduced opioid use and cravings for these substances.
Another meta-analysis (a study of studies) in 2000 of 18 published studies by psychologists Guy Montgomery, PhD, Katherine DuHamel, PhD, and William Redd, PhD, showed that 75% of clinical and experimental participants with different types of pain obtained substantial pain relief from hypnotic techniques. Thus, it was concluded, hypnosis is likely to be effective for most people suffering from diverse forms of pain. Drs. Patterson and Jensen indicate that hypnotic strategies are equivalent or more effective than other treatments for both acute and chronic pain, and they are likely to save both money and time for patients and clinicians.
Hypnosis & Surgery
Before Surgery – studies have shown Hypnosis helps to reduce anxiety and stress prior to surgical procedure, and requiring less anesthetic drug.
After Surgery – there was reported less pain, nausea, fatigue, and overall faster recovery with Hypnosis
Harvard Medical School / McLean Hospital Study – looked at 18 breast reduction surgery patients…the patients that used Hypnosis showed significantly greater wound healing vs. standard care ( American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 2003).
Using Hypnosis, hypnotherapist can tap into the subconscious mind to identify the unknown triggers for the pain, and to help the client to resolve their symptoms.