The survey, which incorporated 2,251 British individuals with chronic pain found that a quarter of those were depressed and four in 10 were unable to work as a result of their condition.
In a report sponsored by the drug company Pfizer it was also found that British chronic pain sufferers waited double that of sufferers in Italy, France and Belgium for a diagnosis.
If you are suffering from chronic pain and your condition is either not being treated or you have a long wait before you are due receive treatment then it may be worth pursuing other options in the meantime which could help to relieve your pain.
Various research has shown that hypnotherapy significantly and consistently reduces chronic pain, with 75 per cent of clinical and experimental participants with various types of pain obtaining significant relief through hypnosis.
Though hypnotherapy may not be able to remove the underlying cause of the pain, what it can do is help to manage it. Studies in which chronic pain sufferers were in hypnotic trances have shown that the patients’ brains showed a significant reduction in activity in the area of the brain which is responsible for the experience of pain.
Though more studies on a much larger scale are needed to determine the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in this area, the initial studies are very promising and indicate that hypnosis works because it produces a physical effect on the brain.