HYPNOSIS & PAIN MANAGEMENT
A Proven Alternative Approach for Pain Relief, Dental and Medical Surgery and Recovery, Injuries, and Chronic Conditions
Learn to tap into the power of your subconscious mind to manage discomfort and improve your quality of life. Discover how to control pain with the effective and widely accepted practice of Hypnotic Anesthesia. Save costs on medical and dental surgery and medications. Minimize or avoid the harmful side effects of pain-killing drugs. Lose the fear and anxiety of injections and invasive procedures. Heal more quickly with less discomfort. Ease chronic pain.
Hypnotic Anesthesia, also known as hypno-anesthesia, is the oldest form of hypnotherapy and has been practiced to control pain and reduce chemical anesthetics in surgical procedures at the Mayo Clinic for over a century. In many cases where traditional chemical anesthesia is contraindicated, Pre and Post Surgery Hypnosis is employed. The benefits include lower patient preoperative anxiety, fewer post-surgical complications, less bleeding during surgery and faster recovery time.
Clinical hypnosis was approved as a medical treatment by the American Medical Association* in 1958, and today, a number of prominent medical and dental schools provide effective courses in hypnotic techniques. Numerous scientific studies have been published confirming clinical hypnosis as a viable and effective intervention for alleviating chronic pain with cancer and a variety of other conditions (see Hypnosis In Contemporary Medicine, Mayo Clinic Proceedings here). These randomized and controlled studies, along with medical reports, reviews, and a sizable amount of literature in the fields of health and alternative medicine, indicate the complimentary benefits of hypnosis in facilitating healing by countering stress, enhancing immune system responses, and empowering patients to actively participate in their wellness process.
Whether it is related to surgery, recovering from illness or injury, or dealing with a chronic condition, being pro-active in the course of restoring physical well-being diffuses anxiety and defeats the sense of victimization. Hypnotic Anesthesia engages and guides the natural self-healing abilities of the mind and body, limiting or alleviating the need for expensive medications and minimizing or avoiding related side effects, thus improving recovery time and quickening your return to health.
*In 1987, the American Medical Association (“AMA”) rescinded almost all the policies it had endorsed from 1891 to 1958, with the exception of those concerning internal matters and the AMA’s representational position to the government. All policies related to diagnostic and therapeutic modalities, including hypnosis, were rescinded. As a result, the AMA currently has no official position on the use of hypnosis.
Nonetheless, the research studies and reports upon which the AMA based its original endorsement are firmly grounded in scientific knowledge and clinical experience. Since 1957, a body of evidenced based research has been published, documenting the cost effectiveness and efficacy of hypnosis in specific clinical settings. In addition, fundamental advances in neuroscience and brain function in health and illness are made possible by utilizing medical hypnosis in the laboratory. This body of literature is extensive and is relied on by licensed clinicians and university researchers alike.
It is relevant to note that the 1987 rescission of the hypnosis endorsement and other policies by the AMA correlates with its evolution into a lobbying giant and member services entity—one that is tethered to the drug companies and deeply entwined in the profit-based health industry. Financial and membership related conflicts of interest have tarnished the AMA’s reputation, and from the perspective of integrative medicine practitioners and many others, it is no longer considered a neutral accrediting organization (learn more by reading the article “A Symbiotic Relationship, The AMA & The For-Profit Health Lobby” published by Think Progress here).
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