Hypnosis, The Brain & Pain Control

In the battle against psychological issues, mankind has developed many distinct treatment methods, some of which were effective, some of which weren't. These treatments have evolved from the primitive techniques of history, such as ancient torture methods and the removals of human brain tissue through lobotomy, to the more contemporary approaches that come in different shapes; varying from the various varieties of psychotherapy consisting of therapist communications, to biomedical treatment options that directly have an effect on a patient’s nervous system. 

One of these treatment kinds, described as hypnotherapy makes use of a very attention-grabbing psychological process; the power of suggestion. This therapy-form, named hypnotherapy, has been employed by hypnotists for more than 150 years and has been gaining acknowledgement as a valuable treatment strategy for varied issues. Nonetheless, in similar fashion to the on-going controversy on what really makes up hypnosis, there is no generally acknowledged comprehensive agreement about the effectiveness of hypnotherapy, and merely in the previous three decades have serious efforts been produced to determine the improvements of hypnosis utilised for therapeutic purposes. This article will therefore analyze the findings of literature discussing the advantages of hypnosis as a way to draw conclusions on the utilization of hypnosis as a treatment tool utilized control pain. 

One application for which hypnosis has received widespread recognition for its efficacy is thus pain control, as is illustrated by the various cases in which hypnosis is the only used analgesia during surgery. The application of hypnosis to alleviate pain has already been put to practice since 1800, but with the emergence of scientific clinical assessments and the observation that medication for pain problems possibly results in addiction and other negative side effects, interest in the application of hypnosis as a treatment for both chronic and acute pain has been increasing in recent years. Moreover, recent research utilizing neuroimaging techniques have already observed that the brain’s processing of pain is actually altered when exposed to hypnosis, something which further boosts the credibility of hypnotherapy as a pain-control mechanism.

According Askay & Patterson, hypnosis is indeed a promising cost-saving method to control pain in medical settings, which is confirmed by various laboratory experiments which have demonstrated the effects of hypnosis to be consistent and superior compared to control and other treatment groups.

Nonetheless, Askay & Patterson also report a necessity for more randomized controlled trials to determine the optimal amount and length of hypnosis sessions required, and they furthermore report that achieving a widespread clinical availability of hypnotherapy in medical facilities will prove to be a challenge as well, as this requires substantial training for clinicians.

Based on the outcomes of this research determining the potency of hypnosis in several therapeutic applications, it appears that hypnosis does indeed have the potential to effectively enrich or replace typical treatments for pain control, such as brain supplements and conventional drugs. Despite this, if you really need come up with conclusions on the advantages of hypnotherapy, it is essential to have a look at the total range of therapy purposes. It can be determined that the usefulness is not assessed for a significant part of this spectrum. In an effort to shed light on the usefulness of hypnosis, more studies will have to be carried out.