Research has shown medical hypnosis to be helpful for acute and chronic pain. Even as early as 1996, a panel of the National Institutes of Health found hypnosis to be effective in easing cancer pain. Much more recent studies have demonstrated its effectiveness for pain related to burns, cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis and reduction of anxiety associated with surgery.
An analysis of 18 studies by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York revealed moderate to large pain-relieving effects from hypnosis, supporting the effectiveness of hypnotic techniques for pain management.
And isn’t it remarkable that all the science and medicine still focuses on the word “pain”. It is called “Pain Management” – why is it not called “Comfort Management”? Surely it should be labelled as where it will take you, labelled towards the outcome. We don’t call a “Health and Safety Department”… “Sickness and Disaster Department”?
Hypnotherapy, hypnosis and self-hypnosis can help immensely with comfort management. People with acute or chronic discomfort can discover and experience a new world of comfort. See New Scientist article: Hypnosis really changes your mind.