Hypnosis and Chronic Pain

November 05, 2008
By Jennifer Gibson, PharmD

Chronic pain is a widespread challenge, affecting as many as 50 million Americans, and lacks effective treatment options. The American College of Rheumatology defines chronic pain as pain occurring at least 4 days per week for at least 3 months. If there is pain at 11 or more of the 18 defined trigger points, the condition is defined as fibromyalgia…

Hypnosis is not routinely used in general treatment programs in the United States, but is garnering more attention is recent years, as scientists search for effective, holistic treatment options for chronic pain. Many small studies have shown that hypnosis can provide at least temporary pain relief, and may also lead to a reduction in pain over time. Such approaches to pain management can enhance quality of life and reduce disability related to chronic pain. More…