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Hypnosis For Pain?

Around the middle of the 1800’s, Dr. John Elliotson and Dr. James Esdaile were using hypnosis as anesthesia for major surgical procedures like bowel resections, supra pubic prostrate operations, breast removals, amputations, appendectomies, tumor removals and the list goes on. Hypnosis was not used in conjunction with any other form of anesthesia in those cases – just hypnosis. It was also safer than ether.  The blood pressure cup wasn’t invented until 1881 and wasn’t widely used until a more modern one replaced the wooden tube stethoscope in 1901, so it was very easy to kill a patient with too much ether.  The early pioneers of hypnosis and hypnotherapy were medical doctors – not entertainers. Dr. Benjamin Rush and Dr. Milton Erickson considered to be the fathers of hypnotherapy in the United States were both physicians. On April 23, 1955 the British Medical Association approved hypnosis for childbirth and surgery, and advised all physicians to receive fundamental training in hypnosis.

Today,  many dentists use hypnosis for root canals and other painful procedures. Top burn centers have started using hypnosis for pain management as morphine slows the blood flow to the skin grafts, and the patient heals faster. Hypnosis is being used for colonoscopies and cystoscopic examinations to eliminate the pain and the discomfort that these procedures can produce. I routinely work with those suffering from IBS, Crohn’s Disease and other painful issues. Best of all, hypnosis is used to manage long term chronic pain. I work with people with chronic back pain or pain from other injuries, TMJ is another condition that involves a great deal of pain.  Hypnosis is the only drug free way to take away the pain.  Childbirth hypnosis or hypnobirthing is another use of hypnosis to stop pain and discomfort.

When it has been proven for over two hundred years to mitigate pain, don’t you think that it might be worth investigating for pain issues in your life?


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