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What is hypnosis (Hypnotherapy) for pain?

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This is a type of therapy where you learn to use your mind to make and control positive changes.

During hypnosis, you’ll focus on relaxation and letting go of distracting thoughts. You may become more open to specific suggestions and goals, such as lowering pain. After your session, your therapist will go over the things that you can do to help you reach those goals. Research shows that medical hypnosis can help with both sudden and long-term pain from cancer, burns, and rheumatoid arthritis. It may also ease the anxiety some people feel before surgery.

SOURCES:

Continuum Health Partners: "Psychological/Mind-Body Therapies."

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: "Common Questions About Hypnosis,” “Definition of Hypnosis,” “Selecting a Qualified Professional.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association , July 24-31, 1996.

Montgomery, G.H. , April 2000. International Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

Vickers, A. , October 2001. The Western Journal of Medicine

Breastcancer.org: "What is Meditation?"

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Relaxation Techniques."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Relaxation Therapies."

News release, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Meditation: In Depth.”

Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine: “4-7-8 Breath Relaxation Exercise.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Continuum Health Partners: "Psychological/Mind-Body Therapies."

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: "Common Questions About Hypnosis,” “Definition of Hypnosis,” “Selecting a Qualified Professional.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association , July 24-31, 1996.

Montgomery, G.H. , April 2000. International Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

Vickers, A. , October 2001. The Western Journal of Medicine

Breastcancer.org: "What is Meditation?"

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Relaxation Techniques."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Relaxation Therapies."

News release, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Meditation: In Depth.”

Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine: “4-7-8 Breath Relaxation Exercise.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 10, 2017

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