WALLY POST, CH - Certified Consulting Hypnotist
Hypnosis is likely to be effective for most people suffering from diverse forms of pain. In recent years, the evidence for hypnosis to decrease sensitivity to pain has been supported by well-controlled experiments. In a 2003 review of clinical studies, it was found that hypnosis was associated with significant reductions in: ratings of pain, need for pain medication, nausea and vomiting, and length of stay in hospitals. Hypnosis has also been associated with better overall outcome after medical treatment and greater physiological stability.
Hypnotic techniques for the relief of acute pain are superior to standard care, and often better than other recognized treatments for pain. Chronic pain, which continues beyond the usual time to recover from an injury, usually involves inter-related psychosocial factors and requires more complex treatment than that for acute pain. In the case of chronic pain, it has been found that hypnosis is consistently better than receiving no treatment at all, and equivalent to treatments involving relaxation.
You should always consult with your doctor about your pain first. We require a doctors referral for all clients that want to see us for hypnosis pain control.