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Pain Control


John Butler

Streaming Video Recording

Recorded August 24, 2015

© Copyright Melissa Roth, Roger Moore, and Abundant Living Resources, LLC

Dr John Butler demonstrating hypnoanaesthesia

Dr. John Butler: Self-Hypnosis for Surgery in UK in 2004

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John Butler: Pain Control

Chronic pain affects 11% of general population and 22% of those over 65 years. Chronic pain has a major impact on the lives of millions affecting not only their physical well-being and psychological health but also careers, relationships and quality of life. The long-term effects include psychological changes, notably depression, anger and anxiety. Studies have revealed that chronic pain can produce unwanted changes in the brain including damage to brain tissue that leads to further experience of pain. While progress in medical science has led to more effective medications in controlling some types of chronic pain, these medications are not without their drawbacks, especially side-effects and dependency or addiction risk. There is also a substantial group of chronic pain sufferers for whom conventional medications provide only very limited relief.

Hypnosis has been found, in many studies, to provide substantial pain relief for both acute and chronic pain. Whether used alone, or in combination with other methods for controlling pain, hypnosis is increasingly finding a role in pain management clinics as a valuable method for chronic pain patients. Since the earliest days of hypnosis in continental Europe, the anaesthetic potential of hypnosis was observed and applied in surgical and other medical settings for pain control. This application of hypnosis has had a revival and received increasing attention in medicine over the last 20 years.

John Butler is one of the people closely associated with the practice and teaching of hypnoanaesthesia for over 20 years. He has used hypnotic techniques very successfully with many chronic pain patients. He has also used hypnosis as an anaesthetic agent in many surgeries and demonstrated its potential as a replacement for general anaesthesia, if medically warranted. Some of this work has been filmed and broadcast on national television in the UK and other countries.

In this webinar Dr John Butler discusses:

  • Developing your skills in hypnanaesthesia for yourself and others
  • Key concepts and principles that need to be understood and applied for success
  • The range of methods available and adapting your approach to the client’s condition and needs
  • Dealing with psychological factors that create pain (psychogenic pain), exacerbate pain or sabotage pain management methods

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Our goal for you is that you enhance your skills and that you be the greatest expression of yourself. To facilitate maximizing your experience, please do the following:

  1. What is your Medical Hypnosis goal for the next 12 months?
  2. What is your Medical Hypnosis goal for the next 3 months?

Your goal can be what you want it to be related to the topics in Medical Hypnosis Coaching and the Medical Hypnosis Class. Do you want to increase your income? Do you want to work in a cancer center? Do you want to specialize in IBS or Autoimmune Disease?

Your goals need to be specific and measurable and they must have heart – they must have passionate conviction. You must be so motivated to achieve your goal that you are willing to stay up all night or work all weekend to achieve it.

Recommended reading:

Hypnotherapy, Dave Elman

The Secrets of Hypnosis, John Butler

Answer these questions:

  1.   The pain signal is always valuable as a warning signal. T or F
  2. ______% of people over 65 have pain.
  3. Pain is in the brain, not the affected body part. T or F
  4. The brain is required to interpret the sensations as pain. T or F
  5. Anesthesia is the absence of pain but you have full sensations of touch, pressure, temperature, etc. T or F
  6. Test clients on each session for the level of pain experienced. T or F
  7. Practice is necessary for pain release? T or F
  8. Fear and anxiety are irrelevant to achieving pain relief. T or F
  9. Name 2 techniques John Butler uses as suggestions.
  10. Pain may or may not involve psychological aspects. T or F

Medical Hypnosis Resource Library:

This library is constantly being updated with new information so check it frequently.

Continuing Education

1.5 CEs are available for this class through IMDHA. To obtain CEs, you will need to complete the assigned reading and the 10 question exam.

Please, check back to this page from time to time for any updates.

Dr. Butler, Melissa and I thank you for your participation and your support.

Feel free to call me at (206) 903-1232 or email Roger Moore at with any questions. I look forward to seeing you.

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