San Francisco Hypnosis
“Craig’s 1.5 hour self-hypnosis for stress relief class was awesome! He spent 90% of the class actually teaching us self-hypnosis techniques through practice! We learned a lot in such a short amount of time. Plus, he was very generous after the class to help me with a personal matter I’ve been dealing with, which was eye opening to say the least. Craig’s care for his patients and passion for the practice is obvious. Highly recommend trying one of his classes!”
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ARIZONA INTEGRATIVE HYPNOTHERAPY
HYPNOSIS FOR THE RELIEF AND CONTROL OF PAIN American Psychological Association
Research shows that hypnosis works as part of a treatment program for a number of psychological and medical conditions, with pain relief being one of the most researched areas.
Among the benefits associated with hypnosis is the ability to alter the psychological components of the experience of pain that may then have an effect on even severe pain.
In their 2003 review of controlled clinical studies, Dr. Patterson and fellow psychologist Mark Jensen, PhD, found that hypno-analgesia [hypnotherapy to relieve pain] is associated with significant reductions in: ratings of pain, need for analgesics or sedation, nausea and vomiting, and length of stay in hospitals.
Hypnosis has also been associated with better overall outcome after medical treatment and greater physiological stability. Surgeons and other health providers have reported significantly higher degrees of satisfaction with their patients treated with hypnosis than with their other patients.
A meta-analysis (a study of studies) in 2000 of 18 published studies by psychologists Guy Montgomery, PhD, Katherine DuHamel, PhD, and William Redd, PhD, showed that 75% of clinical and experimental participants with different types of pain obtained substantial pain relief from hypnotic techniques.
Thus, hypnosis is likely to be effective for most people suffering from diverse forms of pain.
Drs. Patterson and Jensen indicate that hypnotic strategies are equivalent or more effective than other treatments for both acute and chronic pain, and they are likely to save both money and time for patients and clinicians.
Hypno-analgesia is likely to decrease acute and chronic pain in most individuals, and to save them money in surgical procedures.
Hypnotic analgesia has been used successfully in a number of interventions in many clinics, hospitals, and burn care centers, and dental offices.
For acute pain, it has proven effective in interventional radiology, various surgical procedures (e.g., appendectomies, tumor excisions), the treatment of burns (dressing changes and the painful removal of dead or contaminated skin tissue), child-birth labor pain, bone marrow aspiration pain, and pain related to dental work, especially so with children.
Chronic pain conditions for which hypnosis has been used successfully include, among others, headache, backache, fibromyalgia, carcinoma-related pain, temporal mandibular disorder pain, and mixed chronic pain. Hypnosis can alleviate the sensory and/or affective components of a pain experience, which may be all that is required for acute pain.
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