Hypnosis and Pain Management:
Physical relaxation & imagery are used to provide a substitute focus of attention for pain.
- Meta-analysis of 18 studies revealed a moderate to large hypnoanalgesic effect, supporting the efficacy of hypnotic techniques for pain management
- Common uses are headaches, fibromyalgia, surgery, chemotherapy side effects, arthritis, cancer and chronic pain.
- LOW-BACK PAIN--A study shows after three months, patients who were taught self-hypnosis reported significant reductions in pain. 31 patients had 25%+ improvements in pain measures.
ARTHRITIS PAIN-- A 2002 study shows the effectiveness of hypnosis in patients with osteoarthritis,
as most of the 12 patients experienced a significant decrease in pain after four weeks of treatment
that was maintained when a follow-up was performed after six months.
FIBROMYALGIA-- A controlled study from 1991 compares the effectiveness of hypnosis and
physical therapy on patients with fibromyalgia. The trial concludes that hypnotherapy is much more
effective, with an average decrease in pain of 35%, compared to only a 2% reduction in patients who
underwent physical therapy.
Montgomery, G.H., DuHamel, K.N., Redd, W.H. “A meta-analysis of hypnotically induced analgesia: how effective is hypnosis?” 2000 Apr;48(2):138-53.
Elkins, G., Jensen, M., Patterson, D. “Hypnotherapy for the Management of Chronic Pain” Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2007 Jul; 55(3): 275–287.
“The only thing that worked for the leg pain from chemotherapy was Stacy’s hypnosis recordings.”
- Gina Constantino
“I had tried everything for my low back pain—physical therapy, acupuncture, surgery, pills, chiropractors... I had nothing to lose when a chiropractor suggested I see Stacy. Using hypnosis, we identified a pattern years of therapy had not seen or unraveled. Once we worked through it, my back pain stopped. Stacy is very good at sorting through complicated histories and getting to the heart of the matter.”
- George Wu