Hypnotherapy is a natural state of mental and physical relaxation where someone’s conscious mind is bypassed and a person becomes more open to positive suggestions for change. In this highly suggestible state, it is also possible to alter perceptions of pain, create natural anesthesia, and manage chronic pain symptoms.

Hypnotherapy can be used as a stand-alone treatment or alongside other treatments and therapies, like cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic pain.

Some of the techniques used in hypnotherapy for pain relief include:

  • Imagining a Pain Dial: In this technique, the person will be instructed to control the intensity of the pain by turning a dial in their mind. They will be asked to imagine that the dial is turning down, which will decrease the intensity of the pain.
  • Glove Anesthesia: While in the trance state, the hypnotist suggests a feeling of tingling numbness in the hand or arm. This feeling then spreads throughout the body, creating a sense of numbness that can help reduce pain ¹.
  • Dissociation: This technique involves imagining that the painful body part is separate from the rest of the body. The person will be instructed to focus on other parts of their body while dissociating from the painful area .

It is important to remember that pain is the body’s way of communicating that something may be wrong. Therefore, be sure to consult with a medical doctor when undiagnosed pain symptoms arise. Once the source of the pain has been identified, ask your doctor and hypnotherapist to work together to create a comprehensive pain management strategy.

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