- Chronic Pain
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Migraine Headaches.
What ever it is, you want it to
The use of
hypnosis for pain management and control has been used throughout
history. In more modern times it has been documented in the 19th
century with the works of Dr. James Esdaile. He had reported on 345
major operations where hypnosis (then called mesmerism or mesmeric
sleep) was the only anesthetic used on patients in British controlled
India. As time went on, hypnosis fell in and out of favor with the
established medical communities of the different countries yet always
being championed by those who knew the potential and power of the mind
to control pain when properly instructed. In the 20th
century, more and more dentists discovered the pain-relieving potential
of hypnosis and by the 1950s, it was regularly taught to dentists across
the country. In the last 60 years, hypnosis has become common practice
for women in childbirth. Today, more and more procedures are done with
hypnosis either as help with anesthesia or being the only anesthesia
used. Now hypnosis for chronic pain control and management is helping
people regain a quality of life that they may not have had in years.
Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are
medical conditions whose causes are little known. And while their causes
are a mystery, the pain and discomfort is real for those who suffer from
them. Too often they are told to either learn to live with it or to get
over it because it is just in their head. But the pain is very real.
Chronic pain and migraine sufferers also share similar accusations and
disbelief from those who have never experienced them. But hypnosis has
been shown to be an effective tool to overcome these and other related
Below we have
listed some data supporting the positive use of hypnosis in pain
management and control as well as other related medical problems. Please
note that with these conditions and any other diagnosed medical
condition, we require a signed
(downloadable pdf) from your medical
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Conclusions based on a 30 year study of the use of hypnosis on
- 1. More than 70% learned to
decrease the number and intensity of their headaches with hypnosis.
- 2. Hypnotherapy is equal to or
better than the medication and/or biofeedback.
- 3. Hypnotherapy has no side
effects, risk of adverse reactions and the ongoing expense of
medications currently used.
- 4. Hypnotherapy for migraine relief
meets the clinical research criteria for being well established and
- 5. Significant relief can be
achieved in 4 to 8 sessions.
- 6. Over a 6 months period of time,
patients have maintained their success and improvement.
- Sources for this study:
- 1. Anderson, J. A. D., Basker, M.
D., & Dalton, R (1975). Migraine and hypnotherapy, The International
Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 23, 48-58.
- 2. Andreychuk, T, & Skriver, C.
(1975). Hypnosis and biofeedback in the treatment of migraine
headache. The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental
Hypnosis, 23 172-183.
- 3. Emmerson, G. H., & Trexler, G.
(1999). An hypnotic intervention for migraine control. Australian
Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 27, 54-61
- 4. Hammond, D. C. (2007). Review of
the efficacy of clinical hypnosis and headaches and migraines. The
International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 55 (2),
- 5. Olness, K., MacDonald, J. T., &
Uden, D. L. (1987), Comparison of self-hypnosis and propranolol in the
treatment of the juvenile classic migraine. Pediatrics, 79, 593-597
- 6. Spanos, N. P., et al. (1993).
Hypnotic suggestion and placebo for the treatment of chronic headache
in the university volunteer sample. Cognitive Therapy & Research, 17,
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