Can Hypnosis Help to Eliminate Pain
Research shows that around 80% of all adults will experience lower back pain at some time in their lives. There are thousands of people every year who suffer the agony of surgical interventions and thousands more who endure the pain of debilitating or terminal illnesses.
All of this pain falls into two basic categories: (1) acute pain, which is of short duration and (2) chronic pain, which continues for weeks, months or years.
Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis are powerful techniques that offer a safe and effective way of reducing, controlling or managing pain.
Hypnosis has been shown effective in the management of various types of pain. Besides providing an effective solution for maladies such as headaches and acute injuries, hypnosis offers a unique solution for those suffering from chronic conditions like back pain and arthritis as well as intermediate and advanced stages of cancer. Studies show that patients with chronic diseases require fewer painkillers to achieve pain relief when they practice hypnosis.
Hypnosis also has been shown to be effective in reducing nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients.
The most effective approach for acute pain appears to be the use of hypnotic suggestions focusing on anxiety reduction and minimizing the importance of the pain. For chronic pain, it is more effective to confront the pain directly under hypnosis, dealing with both the pain’s physical and psychological effects.
Hypnosis as a pain management tool with surgical patients also has been shown to reduce nausea and greatly increase the recovery rate in most patients.
One great side of using hypnosis for managing and controlling pain is that this technique has no dangerous side effects. Unlike medications, hypnosis does not become less effective with use and does not require stronger and stronger doses to cope with pain.
Does hypnosis always work?
No, hypnosis not always works and is not always 100% effective, but hypnosis is powerful and safe.
For pain control, a lot of people can benefit from using hypnosis. There are essentially five categories into which subjects fall:
- Those who find total and permanent relief.
- Those that have a decrease in the severity of pain.
- Those who experience pain relief initially, but who need occasional reinforcement.
- Those that experience intermittent relief.
- Those that still have pain, but feel less pain than before.
Certainly, no treatment for pain – whether chemical, physical or psychological – is effective all the time. However, hypnosis has shown over and over again that it can help people reduce or eliminate both acute and chronic pain.
Hypnosis is powerful, but it is not magic and it is not a cure-all solution, so it is always very important to consult with your doctor or Health Care Professional before using hypnosis for pain relief.