Hypnotherapy for chronic pain

Clinical evidence for the use of hypnotherapy for chronic pain relief.

To begin at the beginning….

Our lecturer strode into the room with a bucket of ice-cubes and a box of medical clamps – “Today,” he said, “you are going to learn all about pain!”

No, not the opening to a Gothic novel, but part of my in-depth training as a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist. In order to understand how hypnotherapy could alleviate Chronic pain, I needed to experience it for myself.

I did, and can vouch first hand that it does work – I still use the techniques I learned today.

But don’t just take my words for it, take a look at what clinical studies say.

Chronic pain can limit and affect every aspect of your life

Clinical evidence for the use of hypnotherapy for chronic pain relief

Hypnotherapy for chronic pain relief has been studied at length and so the British Medical Association has approved the use of hypnotherapy for pain as a legitimate treatment.

In 2007 Elkins, Jenson and Patterson reviewed 13 controlled studies of the use of hypnotherapy for pain and they published their findings in “Hypnotherapy for the Management of Chronic Pain”.

The studies included in their review were ones in which a control group was standard, allowing for direct comparison of results. They found that “participants experiencing both clinical and experimental pain significantly benefited from hypnotic interventions……… For 75% of the population, hypnosis provided substantial pain relief.”

You can learn to manage your chronic pain through hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy for chronic pain relief – medical evidence

Hypnotherapy is now used for patients undergoing operations where anaesthesia is not suggested, and also routinely by dentists and dental surgeons as an alternative to anaesthetic for dental operations.

In addition, studies show that “hypnotic interventions for chronic pain results in significant reductions in perceived pain that, in some cases, may be maintained for several months.

This clinical review continues “in a few studies, hypnotic treatment was found to be more effective, on average, than some other treatments, such as physical therapy or education, for some types of chronic pain.”

So you can see that the clinical evidence supports the use of hypnotherapy for chronic pain relief. This is because it provides longer term relief than many other treatments. You can learn to control and minimise your pain and regain your confidence with my help.

Hypnotherapy for the Management of Chronic Pain Gary Elkins,1 Mark P. Jensen, and David R. Patterson Published in final edited form as: Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2007 Jul; 55(3): 275–287.

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What does this mean for me?

If you are suffering from chronic pain as the result of an old injury or chronic condition you can learn to lower your pain levels through hypnotherapy and ACT. The medical evidence is sound and as a trained practitioner I can guide you as you learn to take back control. My next blog on the subject will explore the nature of pain in more detail, looking at how the body perceives pain and how hypnotherapy can help.

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