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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Hypnotic Approaches for Chronic Pain Management

Hypnosis for Pain Management - Clinical Implications of Recent Research Findings

"The empirical support for hypnosis for chronic pain management has flourished over the past two decades. Clinical trials show that hypnosis is effective for reducing chronic pain, although outcomes may vary between individuals.

The findings from these clinical trials also show that hypnotic treatments have a number of positive effects beyond pain control. Neurophysiological studies reveal that hypnotic analgesia has clear effects on brain and spinal-cord functioning that differ as a function of the specific hypnotic suggestions made, providing further evidence for the specific effects of hypnosis.

The research results have important implications for how clinicians can help their clients experience maximum benefits from hypnosis and treatments that include hypnotic components."

- Mark P. Jensen and David R. Patterson, University of Washington
February - March 2014 American Psychologist
2014 American Psychological Association