Updated: Nov 16
Hypnotherapy may be a helpful non drug therapy to reduce pain in chronic conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia, Studies show that more than 75% of people with arthritis and related diseases experience significant pain relief using hypnotherapy..
"The findings indicate that hypnotherapy interventions consistently produce significant decreases in pain associated with a variety of chronic-pain problems. Also, hypnotherapy was generally found to be more effective than nonhypnotic interventions such as attention, physical therapy, and education. Most of the hypnosis interventions for chronic pain include instructions in self-hypnosis. However, there is a lack of standardisation of the hypnotic interventions examined in clinical trials, and the number of patients enrolled in the studies has tended to be low and lacking long-term follow-up. Implications of the findings for future clinical research and applications are discussed."
If you’re suffering pain then we would always advise you to seek medical advice to check whether there’s an underlying physical cause and if you haven’t yet seen your GP then you must do so before you’re able to book a treatment with us.
If you’ve seen your GP and there’s no physical cause of the pain you’re suffering, then you may find that hypnotherapy is definitely worth looking at.
How can hypnotherapy treat chronic pain?
Some sessions may focus on forgetting past negative memories of pain, effectively trying to retrain the brain to forget that certain situations should cause pain. Some therapists choose to use imagery to replace the sensation of pain with a more pleasant sensation, such as warmth. For example during hypnosis the therapist could ask you to imagine warmth in the place of pain from now on, anytime that you feel pain. They may incorporate this concept regularly into sessions, until it becomes a ‘habit’ which happens in your day-to-day life without you thinking about it. This could help your brain to break the association between certain painful movements or situations and in turn, help you to break free of the chronic pain cycle.
Hypnotherapy can also help clients uncover and resolve any trauma that may be linked to the ongoing pain.
Some patients may benefit from hypnotherapy sessions which replace self doubt and feelings of helplessness with feelings of confidence and empowerment. In this case, the therapist may guide you through visualising situations which you usually find difficult and pain inducing, for example. They may help you to replace the expectation of pain and the feeling that you are not able to do anything about it, with a feeling of being pain free and taking control of the situation. This type of session can help you to understand that you can do something about your chronic pain and that things can improve.
If you would like more information on how we can assist you with pain relief and/or management please contact us.