Hypnotherapy, An Alternative Therapy in Pain Management
Hypnosis is an effective alternative therapy in pain management. Its most common use is to manage pain by disassociating from it, displacing it to a location in the body that is not as debilitating, reducing its intensity and, in some cases, eliminating the pain altogether. Hypnosis is also very effective therapy in managing pain as it targets 88% of the components of pain – tension, anxiety, and stress.
Research in Hypnosis as an Alternative Therapy for Pain Management
Several papers have been written that review the various research in hypnosis for pain management. This paper finds hypnosis to be an effective pain management tool: Hypnosis and its place in modern pain management and A Meta-Analysis of Hypnotically Induced Analgesia.
Hypnosis for Treatment of HIV Neuropathic Pain: A Preliminary Report determined if hypnosis could reduce the neuropathic pain of HIV patients. Participants received three weekly training sessions in self-hypnosis. 20 out of the 36 participants improved in their pain scores with a mean pain reduction of 44%.
Functional Anatomy of Hypnotic Analgesia: A PET Study of Patients with Fibromyalgia studied the effect in the brain of hypnosis for pain relief. The study recruited people who were suffering from the painful condition of fibromyalgia. The subjects all reported experiencing less pain when they were in the state of hypnosis then they did when they were in a state of rest. This study also proved that hypnosis leads to real physical changes in the brain.
“Randomized controlled studies with clinical populations indicate that hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute procedural pain and chronic pain conditions.” –Hypnosis and Clinical Pain, University of Washington School of Medicine, 2003
Hypnotherapy, An Alternative for Healing the Deeper Cause of Pain
What is less known about this alternative therapy is its use in working through the deeper cause of the onset and recurrence of pain, what in integrative and functional medicine is referred to as the psychosocial factors. MINDbasedHealing’s mission is to provide education to the public on the psychosocial factors of disease and disorders and provide advanced training to hypnotherapists and psychotherapists to address that those factors and provide lasting relief.