Medical Hypnosis and Pain Control

Modern hypnosis was developed by doctors, with a focus on resolving difficult medical issues like chronic pain control, totally eliminating pain during surgery, and the promoting rapid healing. The use of hypnosis for non-medical issues, such as habits and phobias, came later.

James Braid, the nineteenth-century doctor who coined the term “hypnosis,” stated that all the peculiar characteristics of the hypnotic state are things that any experienced doctor has seen many times in patients, and that means that hypnosis is a naturally occurring state. It’s just a matter of evoking it purposefully and setting it to good uses intelligently.

doctors approve of hypnosis

These days, doctors are more pro-hypnosis than ever. They may suggest that you see a hypnotist, or they may wait for you to bring it up, but either way, they’re likely to be all for it.

Many of my clients come to me for assistance with some aspect or other of their medical issues, with the full support of their doctors. These issues include pain control (feeling far more comfortable, often with greatly reduced medication), developing good habits about eating, exercising, and medication, breaking bad habits like smoking or drinking, and finding calmness and serenity instead of the anxiety and hopelessness that could otherwise get in the way of your recovery. Continue Reading...

How Your Pain is Lying to You [Video]

This surprisingly funny video about how pain works tells you everything you need to know about pain except what to do about it, which I’ll get into when you’re done looking at it.

If pain is largely a matter of interpretation by our brains, then one of the most helpful ways of dealing with it is reinterpretation.

Hypnosis can turn pain from 11 down to 1 or 2Hypnosis has been used for pain control for more than 150 years. One of the classic techniques is very similar to an experiment described in the video. In the experiment, you have the subject wear a “pain helmet” that doesn’t actually do anything, and allow him to watch as you turn up a “pain knob” that doesn’t do anything either. And as you turn up the knob, the subject’s pain increases. It really does. Even though the knob isn’t connected to anything at all. Continue Reading...

"Organ Language" and Pain

organ language and painIf you refer to someone as “a pain in the neck,” enough times, you might develop neck pain when you have to deal with him, due to the sometimes excessive literalism of our subconscious minds. This is called “organ language,” by Leslie LeCron, and this example of how our use of metaphor can stab us in the back is enough to make your head spin!

Some people claim that these negative affirmations generate plenty of psychosomatic illness, mostly because we’re at our most suggestible at times of powerful emotion, and if we claim that someone makes us sick every time they do something that upsets us, over time this can become literally true.

If you do this to yourself, it’s a successful piece of self-hypnosis (congratulations!). If someone else utters the fateful words, it’s still hypnosis, however unintended. The solution is to get yourself dehypnotized, which can be done through hypnoanalysis, which traditionally looks for organ language as one of the likely issues, or through other hypnotic techniques that don’t look for organ language specifically, but still ask the unconscious mind to go back to the problem and find better alternatives. Continue Reading...