Research has shown hypnosis to be an effective way to reduce acute and chronic pain.
Studies going back to 1996 show the value of hypnosis in reducing cancer pain, and it has proven equally as effective with pain related to burns, rheumatoid arthritis, and the pain and anxiety associated with surgery.
So how does it work?
Well, during hypnosis your conscious mind is tuned out. That means you’re able to relax, block out distractions, bypass that critical conscious mind and access the unconscious mind.
That’s where you begin to focus on a single thought or idea, and if your focus is strong enough, it can help to target and reduce pain.