Hypnosis For Pain Control
Pain is a subject that touches everyone . After all, it is a condition from which we will all suffer. Headaches, sports injuries, broken bones are all forms of pain.
Research shows that 75% to 80% of all adults will experience lower-back pain at some point. And 40 million Americans suffer from arthritis and as many as 45 million suffer from recurring headaches. Thousands of people every year suffer the pain of surgery and illness.
Pain falls into two categories: (1) acute pain, which is of short duration and (2) chronic pain, which continues for weeks, months, or years.
Most people respond to pain by taking drugs. But drugs are often a quick fix.
What few people realize is that the ancient art of hypnosis offers a safe, effective alternative for reducing sensitivity to pain.
Hypnosis is effective in managing different types of pain. Hypnosis provides an effective solution for maladies such as headaches and injuries. It also offers a solution for those with chronic conditions like back pain. Studies show that patients with chronic diseases need fewer painkillers when they practice hypnosis. These same patients show fewer signs of anxiety and experience greater comfort during medical procedures.
Hypnosis is also helpful in reducing nausea in chemotherapy patients.
The best approach for acute pain is the use of hypnosis which focuses on reducing anxiety and minimizing the importance of the pain. For chronic pain, it is better to confront the pain directly under hypnosis.
Hypnosis is also helpful in dealing with pre- and post-operative patients. Hypnosis reduces pain during surgery. And this results in the need for less anesthetics. Hypnosis also reduces nausea in surgery patients, and increases the recovery rate. (This reduces medical costs, too!)
But these are not the only benefits of using hypnosis for pain management. Hypnosis has no dangerous side effects. Unlike medications, hypnosis does not become less effective with use and does not require stronger doses to cope with pain. In other words, hypnosis can save patients a lot of money.
Does hypnosis work? To some degree, it can help everyone control their pain. There are five categories into which subjects fall:
1. Those who find lasting relief.
2. Those who have less pain.
3. Those who have some relief, but still need help.
4. Those who experience off-and relief.
5. Those who still have pain, but feel 10-30% less pain than before.
What accounts for these differences? The answer is the patient’s susceptibility to hypnosis – the level of relaxation reached during the hypnosis. The deeper the relaxation, the more effective it is.
No treatment for pain is helpful all the time. However, hypnosis has shown that it can reduce or eliminate both acute and chronic pain. Best of all, it works its magic without any side effects.
As a safe way to reduce pain, hypnosis is second to none.