Hypnotherapy is a recommended treatment for both chronic and acute pain patients. Strong evidence has been gathered by a 1995 panel of physicians of the National Institutes of Health that show hypnotic interventions are beneficial in the management of cancer pain, tension headaches, and irritable bowel syndrome and many other forms of mental and physical pain.
Chronic pain can persist despite the fact that the injury has healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years. Chronic pain affects millions of people. Physical effects include tense muscles, limited mobility, a lack of energy, and changes in appetite. Emotional effects include depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury. Such a fear might hinder a person’s ability to return to normal work or leisure activities.
Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually a sharp distinct feeling. It serves as a warning of disease or a threat to the body. Acute pain might be mild and last just a moment, or it might be severe and last for weeks or months. In most cases, acute pain does not last longer than six months, and it disappears when the underlying cause of pain has been treated or has healed. Unrelieved acute pain, however, might lead to chronic pain.
Hypnosis is successfully used for the management of acute pain associated with invasive procedures, treatments such as burn dressing changes, labor and childbirth, and some surgical procedures.
We know about hypnotherapy effectiveness as a pain reduction tool, however, pain is the body telling us there is something wrong and to remove this warning system totally, is not a great idea. If the patient has already been to their doctor and more serious causes of their symptoms have been eliminated, then it would be fine for the hypnotherapist to proceed.
Treat Your Pain with Hypnosis
Hypnosis has the potential to provide rapid pain relief that can be maintained for long periods of time. You may eventually find that you no longer have the dependency on pain medications which lose their effectiveness over time along with the side effects that come with them.