Manage Pain




Pain can come in multiple forms and from many sources.  Pain can be the result of an injury that has healed, but the pain remains.  Pain can result from medical conditions, emotional conditions and environmental conditions.  There are noted and documented cases of individuals experiencing pain “within” a limb or body part that has been removed. Pain is identified as any form of physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury. Chronic pain is further defined as any pain lasting more than 12 weeks. Where acute pain is a normal sensation, chronic pain lasts for months or even longer. 

Pain is the way your brain processes painful sensations.  Fibromyalgia is a disorder resulting from this process that are amplified sensations characterized by a wider spread of musculoskeletal pain and its resulting fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Where localized pain may be at or resulting from an specific injury or illness area, Fibromyalgia is a condition that can cause aches and pain all over the body.

Regardless of where it is, how it came about and how long it has been endured – we want it to stop hurting!

As stated by the American Psychological Association:

“Hypnosis is likely to be effective for most people suffering from diverse forms of pain, with the possible exception of a minority of patients who are resistant to hypnotic interventions.

In recent years, the anecdotal and sometimes exaggerated evidence for the effectiveness of hypnosis to decrease sensitivity to pain – known as hypno-analgesia – has been supplemented by well-controlled experiments. In their 2003 review of controlled clinical studies, Dr. Patterson and fellow psychologist Mark Jensen, PhD, found that hypno-analgesia 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.

Drs. Patterson and Jensen’s review concluded that hypnotic techniques for the relief of acute pain (an outcome of tissue damage) are superior to standard care, and often better than other recognized treatments for pain. Furthermore, a 2002 cost analysis by radiologists Elvira Lang, MD and Max Rosen, MD, that compared intravenous conscious sedation with hypnotic sedation during radiology treatment found that the cost of the hypnotic intervention was twice as inexpensive as was the cost for the standard sedation procedure. Chronic pain, which continues beyond the usual time to recover from an injury, usually involves inter-related psychosocial factors and requires more complex treatment than that for acute pain. In the case of chronic pain, Patterson and Jensen’s review found hypnosis to be consistently better than receiving no treatment, and equivalent to the other techniques that also use suggestion for competing sensations, such as relaxation and autogenic training (which is similar to self-hypnotism).”

Why Hypnosis?

Quite literally, hypnosis and self-hypnosis can take the hurt out of pain. Hypnosis for pain management is a tool that produces both amazing and measurable results in pain relief. Research done at such universities as Yale, Stanford and Harvard explain the reason for this phenomenon of success. The ability of suggestions to bypass the cortex – the reasoning or thinking part of the brain – and thereby going directly to the limbic endocrine system of the brain. The limbic system, the part of the brain that deals with fear, memory, homeostasis (maintaining a baseline for the body), and stress is the control point. What was unknown until recently is that the limbic system receives its instruction through perceptions originating in the cortex. More amazing still is that hypnotic suggestions can go directly to the limbic system from external sources and suggestions. Hypnosis is the most dramatic of the external sources.

In the area of chronic pain such as phantom limb pain, fibromyalgia, headaches and back pain, cells develop their own consciousness and react to signals sent to them by the limbic system. Through hypnotic suggestion these cells can recreate their base line of comfort resulting in changing how we physically feel. The dynamics of hypnosis is that the limbic system will respond to suggestions resulting in a decrease in cortisol levels. Cortisol is the stress hormone that protects the body through dispersal of small amounts. In large amounts however, it can cause chronic pain syndromes like arthritis and more.

Certified in Hypno-Analgesia and Pain Control, Achievement Inspired has the training and the desire to assist you in living a pain free life.*

Contact us today at 318-588-8896 or go online to book your appointment today.

*Persons being treated for medical conditions resulting in the pain issues will require a medical release from their physician. We will assist you in securing that release.