So this lady calls me. I was a little distracted and answered “Hi! David Welch speaking. How can I help you?” instead of “Hi! Knoxville Family Hypnosis…”. So that part is my bad. Lesson learned.
She tells me she has had chronic pain for the last 50 years, and somebody gave her my number because they thought I could help.
And I probably can.
I see clients for chronic pain control all the time. I’m CERTIFIED in hypnosis pain management and my certification is recognized through the National Guild of Hypnotists.
I even had a client have a tooth extracted under nothing but hypnosis… while being pain and anxiety free! And this client was terrified of the dentist before this.
Well, I talk to her some, and get her history with the chronic pain so I can make a good evaluation on whether or not I can help her… and she would be a very good candidate.
I explain to her that from what she is telling me, she will probably get a lot of relief, possibly completely, and this is the type of chronic pain hypnosis works extremely well on.
“What..? Hypnosis?”… Click. And she hung up.
So after 50 years of misery and who knows how many thousands of dollars for treatments that didn’t work, she hung up on what might be the best treatment for chronic pain there is. And that is where hypnosis is seen by a lot of people as a “last resort” treatment and everyone else has skimmed of the easy cases. Hypnosis fixes the chronic pain problems everybody else fails at.
So am I mad?
No. This lady decided she would live out the rest of her life in pain, without finding out more because she has had her head filled with foolishness about hypnosis from TV and movies, and just couldn’t let it go. There is nothing in me but sadness for her. I feel awful for her.
Please, before you suffer for years in pain and spend thousands of dollars that don’t help, and become addicted to drugs that just cover it up a little, if not me, find SOMEONE certified in hypnosis pain management and try it first!
It’s effective, quick, and inexpensive when compared to the alternatives!
But don’t just take my word for it… these are just the first things that came up in a quick little search. I didn’t even put any effort into it. Try your own research and see what you find!
According to webmd.com:
“Research shows that medical hypnosis can help with both sudden (acute) and long-term (chronic) pain from cancer, burns, and rheumatoid arthritis. It may also ease the anxiety some people feel before surgery.
When researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York analyzed 18 studies, they found moderate to large pain-relieving effects from hypnosis, supporting its use for pain management.”
And according to the American Psychological Association:
“Hypnosis has been used for centuries for pain control, including during the Civil War when Army surgeons hypnotized injured soldiers before amputations. Recent studies have confirmed its effectiveness as a tool to reduce pain. Among the leading researchers in the field is Guy H. Montgomery, PhD, a psychologist who has conducted extensive research on hypnosis and pain management at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he is director of the Integrative Behavioral Medicine Program.
In one study, Montgomery and colleagues tested the effectiveness of a 15-minute pre-surgery hypnosis session versus an empathic listening session in a clinical trial with 200 breast cancer patients. In a 2007 article in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (Vol. 99, No. 17), the team reported that patients who received hypnosis reported less post-surgical pain, nausea, fatigue and discomfort. The study also found that the hospital saved $772 per patient in the hypnosis group, mainly due to reduced surgical time. Patients who were hypnotized required less of the analgesic lidocaine and the sedative propofol during surgery.
“Hypnosis helps patients to reduce their distress and have positive expectations about the outcomes of surgery,” Montgomery says. “I don’t think there is any magic or mind control.”
In a 2009 article in Health Psychology (Vol. 28, No. 3), Montgomery and colleagues reported on another study, which found that a combination of hypnosis and cognitive-behavioral therapy could reduce fatigue for breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.
Research has also shown the benefits of hypnosis for burn victims. In a 2007 report in Rehabilitation Psychology (Vol. 52, No. 3), Shelley Wiechman Askay, PhD, David R. Patterson, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Washington Medical School found that hypnosis before wound debridements significantly reduced pain reported by patients on one pain rating questionnaire.”