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Reduce Chronic Pain

Hypnosis has been found to be generally more effective than other non-pharmacologic interventions, such as physical therapy and pain education. There is growing evidence to suggest that hypnosis has greater influence on the affects of pain rather than the sensation of pain.

Hypnosis may be able to provide analgesia, reduce stress, relieve anxiety, improve sleep, improve mood, and reduce the need for opioids. Further, hypnosis can enhance the efficacy of other well-established treatments for pain.

Clinical hypnosis should be conducted only by trained professionals, such as AHA certified hypnotherapists, licensed psychologists or masters’ level clinicians. Hypnotherapy for pain management should only be done with permission of the subject's physician. Patients should provide informed consent before beginning the hypnotic process. Health professionals who conduct hypnosis may not be comfortable providing this type of therapy to all patients. It is important to remember that the working relationship of the provider and patient is important and can have an effect on treatment outcomes.

Not everyone is a perfect candidate for hypnosis, and certain cases are discouraged to pursue hypnosis, including anyone with severe psychological disorders that have gone untreated, persons under the influence of recreational drugs or alcohol, and anyone who is having delusions or hallucinations at the time of treatment. Some patients may object to hypnosis due to their religious beliefs, cultural beliefs, and/or external factors.

Nevertheless, for many people, hypnosis has proven to be highly effective in dealing with many types of pain.

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