There has been a number of recent studies which have identified hypnotherapy to be an effective alternative to medication in treating both acute and chronic pain.
Hypnotherapy incorporates both the conscious and subconscious mind or in other words, the whole mind. We begin by consciously discussing and exploring the clients pain (triggers, length of time, chronic or acute, where, when etc) and then work on the desired outcome. The second part of the session is when the client enters an state of self hypnosis. All hypnosis is self hypnosis and it’s the therapist’s job to guide the client into a state of trance. Once the client is in the right state, this in when the therapist can then make the suggestions that were discussed in the conscious counselling part of the session, to the clients subconscious mind with no resistance from the conscious mind. It’s important to remember that the client is always in control and will never accept something that is not in alignment with his/her values.
Once you learn self hypnosis, then it’s a skill that stays with you which you can use to help manage your pain even when you’re not in the clinic.
A number of studies regarding pain management with hypnosis have clearly demonstrated it’s effectiveness in relieving pain. Hypnoanalgesia (pain relief using suggestion in the hypnotic state), is known to significantly reduce pain level, the need for a hospital stay, and reduce the need for pain relief medications.
A recent study involving 3,500 patients has found that about 15% of patients exposed to heat, cold, pressure, laser, or exercise induced pain were more receptive to hypnotic suggestions and experienced almost a 40% pain reduction. Patients who were moderately receptive to hypnotic suggestions had been found to experience a 29% pain reduction. According to these findings, on average, most of the patients will experience about a 30% reduction in pain, making hypnosis a clinically significant pain reliever.
Studies have found that hypnosis can alter brain activity and connectivity. There is increased connectivity between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and insula, which enhances the mind-body connection to help control the physiological responses of the body.
It’s important to remember that once you decide to try hypnotherapy to help with your pain management, you will need a referral from your doctor and to ensure that your hypnotherapist has the required training, certification and is a member of a professional organisation which ensures that the therapist has completed recognized training to meet the criteria required for professional level membership. I’ll also mention here that any Australian professional hypnotherapist is required to undergo monthly supervision to ensure that their clients are getting the best treatment possible and we must continue regular ongoing training.
The amount of sessions required is dependent on each client, but usually 3-6 sessions is needed, making it a pleasant, relaxing and cost effective pain relief solution.
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The references and findings are published in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews April 2019 issue and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4179709/