Hypnosis & Pain

The control of pain is the most widely recognized medical use for hypnosis. It is so effective that it can be used for anesthesia in the operating room. For additional information on the use of hypnosis in anesthesia and surgery see the article and references at the bottom of this page.

The use of the mind to deal with pain is particularly valuable in working with chronic pain. We have seen great benefit in conditions such as cancer, fibromyalgia, neuromas, neuropathies, RSD, lower back trauma, arthritis, AIDS and comparable issues. The processes we use in our practice deal with many of the emotional issues that always accompany chronic pain, and this in turn can be instrumental in reducing discomfort..

Our goal is to provide noticeable relief during the first visit, building to sustainable results for most clients by the third visit. Self-hypnosis is taught for long term self care.

Information From Other Sources

The Role of Hypnosis For Pain Management by Scott M. Fishman, MD

Many of Dr. Rockers patients ask him if hypnosis really works. This is because they have often seen it used for entertainment, in which people do silly things in front of others. He reminds his patients that medical hypnosis truly does work; studies have shown that nearly all patients with pain can benefit from hypnosis in some way. Dr. Rockers often cites a well-known study of 86 women with metastatic cancer; the women using self-hypnosis reported half as much pain as those who did not use hypnosis.

Hypnosis continues to play an important role in pain management in the 21st Century. It offers a rare window into the mind-body connection, revealing clues about the power and control the mind has to both increase pain, and reduce it. Hypnotism is an important piece of the mind-body puzzle, that allows one’s mind and state of consciousness the ability to take charge over the type of pain you are experiencing. Although hypnotism may not be able to cure the underlying cause of pain, in most cases, it can help patients manage it.

More information at: American Pain Foundation

Hypnosis, Safe, Enjoyable, Effective….

Professional hypnotherapy is a very safe, enjoyable and comfortable process. It mobilizes internal resources for change and growth.  These natural skills are simply an undeveloped part of our social and individual evolution. EFT is a technique that is very useful in managing stress, fear and anxiety in addition to many other emotional reactions. These tools use the imagination and the ability of the mind to create and liberate in many different ways….

This web site offers information about some of the ways that we use these tools to work with different challenging conditions. Please call with any questions you have and visit the news stories page for interesting examples of the work we are doing.

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