Unrelieved chronic pain (that is pain persisting for more than 6 months) can cause considerable suffering, physical limitations, and emotional distress. It often persists despite treatment with medication and physical therapies. Hypnosis has proven results in managing pain and has the added advantage of enabling the pain sufferer to feel as though they have regained some control over their lives,
Hypnotherapy in the treatment of chronic pain generally involves a hypnotic induction with suggestions for relaxation and comfort, plus visualisations allowing the client to adjust or change their levels of pain intensity. During hypnosis, clients are also taught how to change the shape and size of their pain or to move it from one location to another. These techniques are extremely effective for most clients and are able to continue being used outside of the hypnotherapy sessions.
In my experience, most clients experience an immediate reduction in pain severity following hypnotherapy, whereas others can obtain considerable reduction in pain with repeated home practice and hypnotherapy sessions.