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garys37ggarys37 Posts: 8
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in Alternative Treatments
Has anyone tried hypnosis or self-hypnosis for chronic pain relief?

I just bought the Maggie Philips "Hypnosis: The Pain Solution" CD set from The Hypnosis Network, but haven't yet started the program.

I briefly tried THN's CDs on hypnosis for weight loss, but returned them during the trial period. The therapist's linguistic choices (CLIMBING a staircase to go DEEPER into a hypnotic trance, for example)were just too much for this left-brained person.


  • Gary it sounds like an interesting idea. I know some people swear by it for stopping smoking. I just wonder if masking the pain with hypnosis would leave you vulnerable to further injury because you think you feel good.
  • indigoiindigo Posts: 3
    edited 09/07/2013 - 2:58 AM
    I know hypnosis has been very successful for weight loss as I've got a friend who practices hypnosis on patients and hypnotises them to believe they have a gastric band which restricts their intake of food.

    It would be great if it did work for pain. I suspect if it did, we would be hearing a lot more about it and the NHS might be adopting it?
  • thoracic spine painthoracic spine pain Posts: 566
    edited 09/07/2013 - 1:43 PM
    While I was and still am in pain I undertook a Diploma in Hypnosis as I thought it would help control my pain and I would be med free. I read a lot about 'Milton Hyland Erickson (5 December 1901 – 25 March 1980) who was an American psychiatrist specialising in medical hypnosis and family therapy.' He had polio and used hypnosis for pain.

    Hypnosis takes focus 'But it can be difficult for people racked by pain, fear or suspicion to focus on anything at all.' Referenced from Wikipedia.

    My teacher could see that I was in extreme physical pain during the course. As Kris NY said she had reservations about using hypnosis for pain as it can do more damage to you body if you think you are out of pain. To help with physical pain you would also have to put yourself into a hypnotic state 24 hours a day.

    In the end I did not use hypnosis for pain as it is interrupting your body's normal pain signals which are there for a reason, to tell you you need to be careful because of the pain. I found it good for relaxation and it has heaps of other uses as it concentrates on your subconscious mind. Most hypnotists believe we store everything through our lives in our subconscious mind. Remember when you were a child and everything was just sucked into your mind without any filter. They believe that after about 8 to 12 years old your subconscious is controlled by your conscious mind and we start filtering our experiences although every single thing we have seen or done in our lives is still stored in our subconscious.

    To cut a long story short I have used it to control pain but still believe if your body is giving you pain signals they are there for a reason. It did not work for me as a cure for physical pain apart from distracting my conscious mind from the pain - and there are many ways to do this.
  • Tired of the painTTired of the pain Posts: 197
    edited 09/08/2013 - 9:01 PM
    I recently visited a medical hypnotist that was recommended by my acupuncturist. She met with me and asked many questions regarding the pain and the images that I found acceptable. My session was tailored for me and she recorded the session so that I could play it for myself at least 2 x a day. As the other post mentioned, it is good for relaxation and much of our pain is intensified by stress and tension. My pain is primarily in my neck and shoulders/arms due to nerve damage. I utilize every treatment that I can including meds, and a TENS unit. What she told me was that pain is important and it is not responsible to hypnotize someone not to feel pain. Instead of focusing on pain we went for increasing the desired state that I identified as peace, calm and comfort. It has given me relief, but I cannot do it at work. I find that it increases the effectiveness of my meds so I don't need to take as many. Hope this helps. Oh one more thing. It cost me $150 and is not covered by my insurance, but I would do it again
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