Pain is a warning by the body that something is wrong. It needs to be taken seriously and usually a physician is needed to trace the cause of the pain. It’s the body’s method for bringing a problem to its owner’s attention. If a wound has healed, and the pain is still there, there’s a very good chance that this is a sub-conscious pain that needs resolving. Usually it is not the pain that is the problem, it is the body’s reaction to the pain. Hypnosis is perfectly suited to work with sub-conscious problems. In hypnosis it’s possible to minimise the pain and often, totally remove it, especially if it no longer serves a purpose.

Research shows that hypnosis works as part of a treatment program for a number of psychological and medical conditions, with pain relief being one of the most researched areas, as shown in a 2000 study by psychologists Steven Lynn, PhD, Irving Kirsch, PhD, Arreed Barabasz, PhD, Etzel Cardeña, PhD, and David Patterson, PhD. Among the benefits associated with hypnosis is the ability to alter the psychological components of the experience of pain that may then have an effect on even severe pain.

In recent years, the anecdotal and sometimes exaggerated evidence for the effectiveness of hypnosis to decrease sensitivity to pain – known as hypno-analgesia – has been supplemented by well-controlled experiments. In their 2003 review of controlled clinical studies, Dr. Patterson and fellow psychologist Mark Jensen, PhD, found that hypno-analgesia is associated with significant reductions in: ratings of pain, need for analgesics or sedation, nausea and vomiting, and length of stay in hospitals. Hypnosis has also been associated with better overall outcome after medical treatment and greater physiological stability. Surgeons and other health providers have reported significantly higher degrees of satisfaction with their patients treated with hypnosis than with their other patients.

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