Hypnotherapy for Chronic Pain

What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain can be severe headaches, migraines, backaches, or joint pains. The pain experienced ranges from mild to excruciating and it can also be continuous or arriving in bouts or episodes. It’s usually felt over an extended period of time to warrant treatment.

The Symptoms:

The symptoms associated with chronic pain are:

  • Mild to severe pain that does alleviate with time
  • Shooting and burning sensations on the affected area
  • A feeling of tightness, stiffness, soreness, and general discomfort on the affected area
  • Sleeplessness and fatigue due to the experienced pain
  • A weakened immune system
  • Mood swings (anxiety and depression are common)
  • Disabilities (physical or mental)

Treatment

Doctors will often prescribe pain medication to treat and control pain levels.  Medication both prescribed and over the counter, are often advised including: codeine, aspirin, or ibuprofen based products. For severe pain however, doctors may prescribe SNRIs, oral anesthetics or even opiate pain relievers. These medications however have been known to have severe side effects.

Hypnosis as a Form of Treatment for Chronic Pain

Studies

Hypnosis is a alternative treatment but there have been multiple studies that seem to indicate some efficacy in it’s treatment of pain.  It is seen as beneficial in some quarters because of the lack of side effects unlike what exists in medication treatment of it.

In an abstract published by the NCBI, 13 studies were conducted which linked significant decreases of chronic pain symptoms via the use of hypnosis. Also, in a research article published by the American Psychological Association, hypnoanalgesia significantly reduced pain, nausea, vomiting, as well as analgesic and sedative intake. Please see the references below for further information.

Booking an Appointment

If you’re suffering from a condition that requires treatment for chronic pain, you are welcome to click the orange button below to book an appointment with me.

References

“Chronic Pain-Treatment Overview.” WebMD. WebMD, 03 Jan. 0000. Web. 29 May 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/tc/chronic-pain-treatment-overview>.

“Chronic Pain Medications: Antidepressants, Corticosteroids, Anticonvulsants, and More.” WebMD. WebMD, 03 Jan. 0000. Web. 29 May 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/tc/chronic-pain-medications>.

“Chronic Pain-Topic Overview.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 29 May 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/tc/chronic-pain-topic-overview>.

“Chronic Pain: Get the Facts on Management.” MedicineNet. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2014. <http://www.medicinenet.com/chronic_pain/article.htm>.

Elkins, Gary, Mark P. Jensen, and David R. Patterson. “Hypnotherapy for the Management of Chronic Pain.” International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 55.3 (2007): 275-87. Web. 29 May 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2752362/>.

“Hypnosis for the Relief and Control of Pain.” American Psychological Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 May 2014. <http://www.apa.org/research/action/hypnosis.aspx>.

“Hypnosis, Meditation, and Relaxation for Pain Treatment.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 28 May 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/hypnosis-meditation-and-relaxation-for-pain-treatment>.