#7: Pain Management or Pain Control

For people who suffer chronic pain, there are unsettlingly few choices for relief.

Of the options available, most are pharmaceutical. In many cases, a person who's battling chronic pain will not be medically allowed to take prescription pain killers, or will decide for personal reasons to avoid them.

Keep in mind that Self-Hypnosis and Hypnosis are tools that can help augment an overall pain management strategy, but they aren't a be-all-and-end-all solution or treatment on their own.

However, the research is incredibly promising, and more and more, doctors are open to prescribing Hypnosis as a part of pain management strategies.

From the American Psychological Association:

"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... 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 ...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."

Again, this is a use of Self-Hypnosis that is best to talk to your doctor about before trying. We say that because depending on the course of treatment, Self-Hypnosis might not be the best solution, and that's a call for you and your doctor to make together.

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