Hypnotherapy with a Mind-Body Focus
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Acute and Chronic Pain
Results of hypnotherapy treatment of pain are overwhelmingly positive.
Although this is not a global issue in America alone, statistics report that an estimated 50 million people are disabled to some degree by chronic pain. Pain is an uncomfortable sensation that signals you that something is not right. Pain is experienced in degrees from light to moderate to intense and often described by the sensation such as: sharp, dull, ache, acute, stinging and tingling. Living with incessant pain can result in insomnia, tension and stress which then can intensify the pain. Discomfort is often anticipated with certain events such as getting a shot, going to the dentist, certain procedures at the doctorís office, etc. And, this can often cause the brain (mind) to substantiate the anticipated pain by causing muscle tension and physical tension. The pain will then be experienced and more than likely intensified. Needless to say, the mind has enormous influence on how someone deals with pain and this is where hypnotherapy can be of significant benefit.
Through the powerful modality of Hypnotherapy, a deep, profound relaxation can be experienced to introduce a gentle process that can lead to hypnotic anesthesia or analgesia. Additionally, learning the process of pain management through self-hypnosis can bring tremendous relief. There are several causes that can be traced to the onset of pain including severe injury, disease or illness (e.g. Fibromyalgia, Cancer, etc.) and then, eventually, the inevitable aches and pains of the aging body. Although, hypnotherapy does not remove the underlying cause of physical pain it can substantially reduce the level of pain.
Research, especially performed in the past decade, has demonstrated that hypnotherapy has measurable effects on all of the nervous system areas that are involved in the creation of pain. These studies show clear evidence that the effects of hypnosis on pain are real. Hypnosis changes more than just a patientís willingness to report pain it alters brain activity that underlies the experience of pain.
Participants of one study reported the pain-related benefits as:
Participants from this same study also reported non-pain related benefits as:
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