Chronic Pain, Illness, Surgery and Hypnosis

Chronic Pain, Illness, Surgery and Hypnosis

June 4th, 2010 // 8:11 pm @

CHRONIC PAIN, ILLNESS and SURGERY CARE

  • Do you suffer from Fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, low back/neck pain, migraines, multiple sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or other painful or chronic health issues?
  • Are you scheduled to have surgery and would like a quick and easy recovery with less bleeding, pain, drugs and trauma to the body?
  • Are you bothered by the side effects of drugs – grogginess, gastrointestinal issues, sleep problems?
  • Would you like to improve the quality of your life and activity level by reducing painful or limiting symptoms?

How Hypnosis Helps:

  • Brain imaging has shown that hypnotic suggestions reduce activity in brain areas associated with emotional responses to pain, while other suggestions reduce activity in an area of the brain involved with the physical sensation of pain.
  • Medical hypnotherapy reduces suffering and promotes healing.  You have the ability to control many functions of the body including, but not limited to, heart rate, bleeding, blood pressure, pain response etc.  It was once thought we had no ability to control these functions but science has proven the ability of your subconscious mind in a state of self-hypnosis is a very powerful tool in affecting the body’s response to many physical problems.

Hypnosis Advantages:

  • It is a quick, effective and  safe solution for the individual.
  • Improves recovery time from injuries, accidents, surgery or illness.
  • Reduces or eliminates your symptoms of pain, discomfort, nausea, etc.
  • Have more control over your life rather than having something control you.
  • Eliminates any unresolved trauma that research is showing can be stored in the muscle and tissues of an injury

Today more and more people suffering with chronic pain, illness or facing surgery are turning to hypnosis.  Hypnosis, along with your standard medical treatment, has several advantages in pain and illness management. Hypnosis requires no drugs. It has no harmful side effects and not addicting. That is why hypnosis is recommended by the National Institutes of Health, the Mayo Clinic, and many specialists in the field of pain management.

Hypnosis can be used as part of a total pain management or illness program:

Hypnosis for pain management or illness has no side effects except to reduce your symptoms, reduce stress, increase circulation, and strengthen immune function, lower blood pressure and other amazing benefits.

“If this were a drug, everyone would be using it,” says David Spiegel, MD, a psychiatrist at Stanford University. “Changing your mental set can change what’s going on in your body.”

“Hypnosis is simply a refined form of applied imagination,” states Donald F. Lynch Jr., MD, a urological oncologist at the Eastern Virginia School of Medicine, who has used the hypnosis to help patients alleviate the pain, anxiety, and depression associated with cancer.

If you are suffering, or in pain, you owe it to yourself to see how the power of your                                inner mind can help you.  I too have suffered from painful fibromyalgia, arthritis and would not be functioning well today without self-hypnosis!

if you are ready to improve the quality of your life – please contact me for a 30 minute complimentary consultation.

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HYPNOSIS RESEARCH ARTICLES

Hypnosis Before Breast Cancer Surgery Reduces Pain, Discomfort, and Cost source: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Sept. 5, 2007 (see the journal abstract).
(J Natl Cancer Inst. 2007 Sep 5;99(17):1304-12. Epub 2007 Aug 28)

Summary

Women undergoing surgery for breast cancer who received a brief hypnosis session before entering the operating room required less anesthesia and pain medication during surgery, and reported less pain, nausea, fatigue, and discomfort after surgery than women who did not receive hypnosis. The overall cost of surgery was also significantly less for women undergoing hypnosis.

Hypnosis – Applications in Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery

Author: Philip D Shenefelt, MD, MS, Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of South Florida College of Medicine; Past Chief, Section of Dermatology, James A Haley Veteran Affairs Medical Center
Updated: Apr 23, 2009234

Hypnosis can regulate blood flow and other autonomic functions that are not usually under conscious control. The relaxation response that occurs with hypnosis also affects the neurohormonal systems that regulate many body functions. Studies on the influence of hypnosis on immediate immune responses have shown the ability of hypnotized volunteers to significantly decrease the flare reaction to the histamine prick test. Similarly, in one study, the effect of hypnotic suggestion on delayed cellular immune responses has shown significant effect on the size of erythema and on palpable induration but no significant effect in other studies.

A report by Braun5 on different allergic responses; dermatologic reactions; and effects on seizure disorders, pain control, and healing in the same individual with multiple personality disorder (now called dissociative identity disorder) shows how much influence the mind can have on physiologic reactions and disease processes, depending on the personality present. The report also described the differences in physiologic responses and disease conditions for selected individuals under hypnosis compared with their normal waking state.

Pain Research:

The April 29, 2000, issue of the journal The Lancet reported that hypnosis reduced pain, anxiety, and blood pressure complications in patients undergoing invasive medical procedures. (Hypnosis was compared with standard care and supportive attention, such as encouragement and active listening.) In addition, the procedures took significantly less time in the hypnosis treatment group, probably because the healthcare workers didn’t have to interrupt their activities to deal with the patients’ pain or to stabilize blood pressure, says Spiegel. Patients in the hypnosis group also required less than half as much painkilling medication as those in the standard group.

Alexander A. Levitan, MD, MPH, a medical oncologist in Minneapolis, has participated in numerous surgeries, including hysterectomies and tracheostomies, in which hypnosis was used as the sole agent for pain control.

ArthritisToday.org Joseph Barber, PhD, a clinical professor of anesthesiology and rehabilitation at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, uses hypnosis for pain caused by arthritis. One patient, a 73-year-old grandmother with severe pain from knee osteoarthritis, couldn’t tolerate anti-inflammatory drugs. With just three hypnosis treatments – an unusually fast response – the pain in her knee decreased and she was able to return to normal daily activity. An analysis of 18 studies of hypnosis and pain with more than 900 people conducted by researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York bears out this patient’s experience, showing substantial pain relief in 75 percent of participants.

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