Using Hypnosis to Help Patients Manage Pain. by Michael Ellner is the latest addition to the Hypnosis Health Info Article Library. Michael Ellner is one of the leaders in medical hypnosis. Help for pain management can be yours with self-hypnosis by changing your relationship with pain which will change your sensory experience with pain. Using Hypnosis to Help Patients Manage Pain was originally posted at Pain.Topics.org.
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Using Hypnosis to Help Patients Manage Pain
Rethinking Hypnosis ~ All of our courses focused on how suggestion, conversational hypnosis, and certified hypnosis professionals can play a supplemental role in a wide range of pain management settings and practices. We wanted to help pain clinicians understand that nearly all of their patients can be helped with hypnosis. This and self-hypnosis have been shown to help with cancer-related pain, chronic pain, back pain, and functional pain conditions — like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).
Our work is predicated on the evidence-based belief that changing your patient’s relationship with pain also will change their sensory experience of pain. This change in belief and expectations is not an “all or nothing” proposition. Even a small reduction in pain can translate into giving your patients the ability to work, play with their children, or enjoy a night out and/or sexual relations with their partner.
A particularly relevant aspect of this approach is self-hypnosis. This is a type of focused attention in which people demonstrate significantly greater control over both mental and physical functions — control that they’ve otherwise lost to their chronic condition. Unlike medications, talk therapy, and medical devices, self-hypnosis is a skill that, once learned, is always available for use by people living with chronic pain at any moment. Plus, there is no risk that one might have a serious adverse “side effect,” forget to take a medication, have batteries fail, or have a pain flare-up without having helpful resources available.
People living with chronic pain often fear that they won’t be able to control their pain, and that it will worsen over time. Indeed, focusing on their pain tends to actually increase it. But if they can increase their pain by focusing on it then they can also decrease the pain by focusing on it. Pain is part of a broader functional process. Since no one exists independent of this process, they have a choice: relate to the pain as a victim of the process or as a participant in the process.
Self-hypnosis — that is, intentional relaxation and creative stress management skills — can, under the guidance of a certified hypnosis professional, help patients recover a participatory role in their pain management process. The best part is that, once learned, there is no continuing reliance on the hypnosis professional.
Hypnosis help for pain management is available for you too. Learn self-hypnosis and change your relationship with pain. Roger Moore’s Counseling & Hypnotherapy LLC offers you medical hypnosis for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Recovery from Cancer and other Chronic Pain.
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