Hypnosis, stress and pain relief are intimately related. When being in pain causes stress or being stressed worsens pain, hypnosis can help break the cycle.
Hypnosis is a set of techniques designed to enhance concentration, minimize one’s usual distractions, and heighten responsiveness to suggestions to alter one’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, or physiological state. Hypnosis is not a type of psychotherapy. It also is not a treatment in and of itself; rather, it is a process than can be used to facilitate other types of therapies and treatments.
During hypnosis, the conscious part of the brain is temporarily tuned out as the person focuses on relaxation and lets go of distracting thoughts.
When our minds are concentrated and focused, we are able to use them more powerfully. When hypnotized, a person may experience physiologic changes, such as a slowing of the pulse and respiration, and an increase in alpha brain waves. The person may also become more open to specific suggestions and goals, such as reducing pain. In the post-suggestion phase, the hypnotherapist reinforces continued use of the new behavior.
Research has shown medical hypnosis to be helpful for acute and chronic pain. Hypnosis is also known to be effective in easing cancer pain. Recent studies have demonstrated hypnosis as effective for pain related to migraines, back pain, burns, rheumatoid arthritis and reduction of anxiety associated with surgery and recovery.
An analysis of 18 studies by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York revealed moderate to large pain-relieving effects from hypnosis, supporting the effectiveness of hypnotic techniques for pain management.
Hypnosis is complimentary to your medical care. One session is not a miracle cure; however, with reinforcement and commitment you can manage chronic pain, reduce your stress, increase your confidence, and eliminate fears and unwanted bad habits.
Clients generally get the help they need within 5 – 10 sessions.
Physician approval is required for all pain management clients.
For more information, you are welcome to schedule a call with Wendy Merron , Board Certified Hypnotist.