Does Hypnosis Help With Pain Management? Trancesolutions Hypnosis Audio MP3s and CDs
How does hypnosis help with pain management?
Hypnosis and pain
Pain always has a purpose. It’s purpose is to serve as a warning signal that there is something wrong in the body. Once you have discovered what that is, pain is may no longer necessary. It is important for you to at least find out what is wrong with your body before using any techniques for pain control.
Self-hypnosis is a supplement to medical treatment. However, it is not intended to take the place of medicine.
The body of professional literature which has investigated whether hypnosis can reduce pain sensitivity has been overwhelmingly supportive.
In investigations of what types of pain hypnosis is effective and which types are not, most seem to indicate that hypnosis is universally successful in pain management. Hypnosis has been shown effective in management of many varied types of pain, including pain associated with childbirth, angioplasty, phantom limb pain, leukemia and even headaches and back pain.
Although hypnosis is not appropriate or effective for all sufferers of pain, this should be considered par-for-the-course, as no treatment, either chemical, physical, or psychological, has ever been proven to be effective 100% of the time. If a treatment can help a sizable number of patients, it is then considered effective. Because hypnosis has been shown to be effective in pain management in many different studies in many different situations, it should be considered as effective as other modalities.
Although hypnosis has not been well characterized in terms of its mechanisms of dealing with pain, hypnosis has been shown to be a relatively effective, safe, and inexpensive way in which patients can deal with their pain.
Pain is your body’s warning system. You should never use hypnosis to control pain or take pain controlling medication without knowing why you are in pain. It is important to consult your doctor to find the cause of pain before attempting any type of pain relief.
About hypnosis and pain management
How hypnosis can help alleviate pain
Hypnosis has long been understood to produce varied effects in subjects, and many cultures have a history of using trance for therapeutic effect dating back to pre-historic times.
Although the public at large tends to associate hypnosis with stage performances, the medical community has begun to approach the topic in a different vein.
Originally viewed as a magical cure-all, hypnosis has undergone a tremendous amount of scientific testing in modern times. When used in an appropriate manner, hypnosis has proven itself to be an effective tool in the management and the perception of pain.
The modern history of hypnosis is generally accepted as having started with the work of Viennese physician, Friederich Anton Mesmer in the late 1700’s. Mesmer’s methods (Mesmerism) fell from favour until 1843 when British surgeon James Braid revisited the phenomenon of Mesmerism and renamed it hypnosis, after the Greek god of sleep, Hypnos.
Braid was the first person to attribute the phenomenon to psychological rather than physical variables. His findings renewed interest in the subject, especially in France, where hypnosis gained popularity again as a form of pain reduction during surgery.
In the late 1800’s, Bernheim and Liebeault came upon hypnosis as a treatment for physical and functional diseases, after one of Berheim’s patients attributed her effective sciatica cure to hypnotic imagery. Bernheim and Liebeault began the most comprehensive study of hypnosis at the time, attempting to determine when and how hypnosis could be successfully applied.
Once again, hypnosis lost favor to the effective new technological and medical advances of the period. Stronger emphasis was placed upon physical treatments for effective outcomes rather than psychological treatments (which was not an organized science at the time).
This attitude continues today, although since the 1950’s there has been renewed interest in using hypnotic intervention for pain control. Modern diagnostic methods can prove substance to what has been subjectively accepted for centuries.