Pain Relief from Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis has a long reputation for relief of pain. States like hypnosis were used by ancient peoples in rituals and ceremonies that often involved being oblivious to physical pain.
In western medicine Hypnosis was used by Surgeon James Esdaile who was a surgeon in the 1800s. Esdaile reduced the 50% mortality rate of that time, down to less than 8%, by using hypnosis as an anaesthetic. This stopped the reduced post-operative shock that caused so many deaths at the time. These surgeries were not just minor ones either, as he documented 300 major surgeries, including 19 amputations, all painlessly. There are times hypnotherapy is still used today, when say a patient is allergic to anaesthetic, or too ill.
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy became less popular as drug based pain relief came to the fore. However, many find the side-effects of pain relief medication seriously effects their lives, while others find the 'bad' days more frequent than the 'good' days. Consequently hypnosis and hypnotherapy is once again becoming more popular, even for relief of chronic pain.
There are many approaches to relieving pain using hypnotherapy, and I believe it is important to take into account the beliefs of the client. However, those that work with pain regularly, and have published research on the benefits of hypnosis for pain relief, believe that it is important for hypnotic suggestions to target all aspects of the pain experienced by the client. This is the approach I favour as the evidence supports its benefits for majority of people.
Studies have been published showing the benefits of hypnotherapy for pain caused by many different conditions, including MS, Cancer, Headaches, Arthritis, IBS, Fibromyalgia and low back pain.
Before seeking relief from your pain using hypnosis it is imperative that you have a diagnosis from your GP, otherwise the hypnosis will hide symptoms that may require medical treatment.
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