Treating Pain With Hypnosis

Many people recognize the benefits of using hypnosis to lose weight, stop smoking or to manage stress. However, few have benefited from treating pain with hypnosis. Hypnosis is a state of altered awareness in which thoughts and feelings are relaxed and more easily distracted from painful or negative ones.

People undergoing hypnosis often respond to suggestions about improved sleep, increased energy and reduced pain. Although the brain continues to register the sensation of pain, hypnosis can aid individuals in shifting their sensation of pain away from suffering. Hypnosis can help to moderate pain symptoms.

Hypnosis can relieve pain associated with a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Knee and hip pain.
  • Neck and shoulder pain.
  • Headache and migraine pain.
  • Fibromyalgia and arthritis pain.

Individuals who receive hypnosis training experience a reduced intensity of pain over time, compared with those that do not receive hypnosis training. Those who can be hypnotized more easily report greater benefits from hypnosis.

Hypnosis can be used as an adjunctive treatment for medical patients experiencing pain. Although hypnosis is not at present standard practice for treating pain-related conditions, it has therapeutic potential worth examining.

In addition to hypnosis, acupuncture can effectively treat many acute and chronic pain conditions. One of the primary reasons individuals receive acupuncture is to alleviate pain relating to an illness or ailment. Acupuncture can serve as a primary therapy or as a complementary therapy to standard pain management care.

Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.
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