Amazingly, the subconscious mind has the ability to help a person decrease pain levels. In hypnosis, we use imagery to dial down that pain. Research in neuroscience shows how imagery can affect pain levels. In a 2008 study performed by Australian neuroscientists, people viewed their hands through both ends of a binocular, magnifying and shrinking their perception of their hands. They found pain levels increased with magnification and decreased with the smaller image (The Brain’s Way of Healing 22-23). Not only can a person’s perception alter pain levels, repeated visualizations can alter pain circuits themselves, according to Norman Doidge in The Brain’s Way of Healing (18-25). In hypnosis, imagery and suggestions work to deal with pain and pain circuits.
Hypnosis has helped manage pain for those who suffer migraines, fibromyalgia,vertigo, chronic cough, pain from car (or other) accidents, and many others.
Please note: Consulting your physician will be required prior to any hypnosis work related to managing chronic pain.