Hypnosis for Pain Management
Whether pain causes stress or being stressed worsens pain, it is clear that stress and pain are intimately related. The great news is that hypnosis can help break this cycle.
Years ago, when I lived in India, I inadvertently learned about the stress/pain connection and how hypnosis helps.
During a visit to the dentist, he proclaimed that the nerve in my tooth was dead so he saw no need to use freezing. He was wrong. He started to drill inside my tooth and the pain was so excruciating, it was like a powerful electrical charge was shooting through my body.
I decided to try to use what I thought was meditation to help, later learning that what I was actually doing was self-hypnosis. I was able to detach so completely from the pain, there was no emotion or feeling left at all related to the dental surgery. The pain became an object, like looking at a pen on a table. It seemed very far from me and I remained free from pain throughout the procedure.
"Research has shown medical hypnosis to be helpful for acute and chronic pain"1
Years later, as an NGH Certified Hypnotist, I have further experimented with self-hypnosis techniques to reduce my headaches to nothing and to remove pains in my shoulders or back when needed. I have also seen many clients with pain issues, who express amazement as reoccurring migraines are controlled and other pain is reduced significantly or completely.
Science supports what my clients and I have already learned.
One study, done in 1996 by a panel of the National Institutes of Health, found hypnosis to be effective in easing cancer pain. More recent studies have demonstrated its effectiveness for pain related to burns, cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as the reduction of anxiety associated with surgery. Finally, an analysis of 18 studies by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York revealed moderate to high pain-relieving effects from hypnosis, supporting the effectiveness of hypnotic techniques for pain management. 2
The process of hypnosis is simple: the hypnotist helps the client fully focus on relaxation and letting go of distracting thoughts. This allows the conscious part of the brain to tune out, allowing the individual to more fully use the power of the entire brain.
When hypnotized, a person may experience physiologic changes, such as an increase in alpha brain waves, which are associated with a relaxed mental state, free from stress, where healthy thinking, enhanced creativity and balanced brain functioning occurs.
While a certified, experienced hypnotist can help you to achieve all of these benefits and more, one of the true strengths of hypnosis is that it can be taught to the individual.
Beyond pain management, hypnosis is a wonderful process that helps with many issues, including: fears, weight loss, addictions, relationship issues and more. Its simplicity, evidence of effectiveness, and that clients can be taught self-hypnosis, make it a useful tool of growing popularity.
Lynne Cardinal ©
Lynne Cardinal - Certified Consulting Hypnotist by the National Guild of Hypnotists NGH with additional certifications in Hypnosis Innovative Techniques and Weight Loss. .