Living with chronic pain can drastically alter your day-to-day life and turn into an incredibly isolating experience. An experience that you cannot explain to others, even your closest friends. Hypnotherapy can help you change this and provide lasting relief.
We have made great strides since the days when those suffering from pain were given the old-fashioned advice to stay on bed rest. Today the most common pieces of advice are to exercise, do yoga or physical therapy, and take painkillers. But these solutions may be ineffective and provide only short respite. The opioid crisis has demonstrated the long-term side effects of painkillers. For already many years, hypnotherapy has emerged as a viable option with proven results. Medical hypnosis provides an efficient way to manage pain using the mind-body connection. This tool has even replaced general anesthesia in operating theatres and has shown a lot of benefits: it is non-invasive and can be used with a hypnotherapist or through a self-hypnosis app.
Hypnotherapy has been approved by many medical associations for many ailments beyond pain management. A research study explored the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in pain management and found that hypnosis interventions “consistently produce significant decreases in pain associated with a variety of chronic-pain problems”. It added that “hypnosis was generally found to be more effective than nonhypnotic interventions such as attention, physical therapy, and education”.
One of the great advantages of hypnosis is its versatility. Hypnosis can help chronic pain conditions ranging from cancer pain, lower back pain, arthritis pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, and post-surgery pain. It has even been proven to assist women during childbirth, allowing them to remain calm, dissociate from pain, and change their perception of the birthing experience. For example, contractions cease to be seen as a something very uncomfortable. Instead, they become a reminder that the woman is getting closer to receiving her child.
In a similar way, listening to self-hypnosis audios before surgery can be incredibly effective at making the pre- and post-op processes easier for the patient. Studies show that not only does hypnosis help reduce anxiety, but it also lessens the amount of pain after surgery. This translates into more comfort, a shorter hospital stay, and a lower hospital bill.
For breast cancer surgery patients, it’s common to suffer side effects that range from pain, nausea and fatigue, during and after operations. Several studies have suggested that hypnosis can not only reduce pain for women, but also bring down the recovery time and lessen their need for post-op medication. This in turn reduces hospital stays and the risk of a hospital readmission.
Hypnosis is moving into the mainstream because more people are integrating it into their lives through digital hypnotherapy or in-person sessions. It is now widely accepted by many medical specialists. With a growing number of personal accounts from people who benefitted from it and an increasing amount of positive research, hypnosis has shown that it can truly change lives.
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