Does hypnosis work for chronic pain treatment?

I'm looking at alternatives to narcotics for pain relief. I'm asking about each alternative therapy for pain, to learn more about the options. What about hypnosis?


Drug Addiction

Many people search for alternatives to pain relief for fear of becoming addicted to prescription medication.


Prescription Drugs

Prescription painkillers can be addictive and may cause liver damage and other health complications.



Painkillers is a colloquialism for prescription pain relievers.

The short answer is, as long as the sufferer is able to be hypnotized, yes, hypnosis can help relieve chronic pain. Penn State psychology professor William Ray, who has done many studies on pain management and hypnosis stated, "Today, there's general agreement that hypnosis can be an important part of treatment for some conditions, including phobias, addictions and chronic pain... We have done a variety of EEG studies, one of which suggests that hypnosis removes the emotional experience of pain while allowing the sensory sensation to remain. Thus, you notice you were touched but not that it hurt."

Cara Gallucci, M.A., C.Ht, Hypnotist, Meditation Instructor, and Reiki Practitioner reported "Hypnosis provides a powerful way to affect physiology through the mind and emotions. Hypnosis can relieve pain on several levels. Hypnosis creates a state of profound relaxation which in itself frequently begins to lessen pain." She warns that one must be careful because "We need to look for the message in the pain." Pain is a self protective tool the body uses to keep us from hurting ourselves further so it should not be ignored or blocked completely.


answered 09 May '12, 12:37

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