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Hypnosis For Pain Management

In the days before anesthetics had been discovered, surgeries performed on patients were gruesome beyond description. Post-surgery mortality rates were as high as 40%, and patients were traumatized and mentally scarred for life after the experience. The only anesthetics known to doctors back then were the natural ones – and quite literally so; they believed that falling asleep, becoming unconscious and dying were the only three ways in which nature helped people cope with pain. There are many accounts given by the people of those days about the horrors of surgery performed on them without anesthetics. Dental surgeries, among other medical treatments, were performed after strapping the patient onto a table or a chair to prevent them from moving. Fanny Burney, a famous writer, once had a mastectomy without being given any pain-killers. So traumatizing and gruesome was the experience, that even nine months after the surgery, just thinking about it made her feel weak and develop a headache.

John Elliotson, who was a professor at the University College, London and James Esdaile were among the first doctors to report surgeries performed on patients painlessly. Their surgeries were reportedly performed after ‘mesmerizing’ their patients, rendering them incapable of feeling pain during the surgery. This happened in the 1800s. Soon, hypnosis became limited to a field of study and research in laboratories. However, the use of hypnosis in surgery and medical procedures surfaced once again during the Second World War. When analgesics and other pain-killers or drugs like morphine were unavailable, hypnosis was used on soldiers to reduce their pain. It was even used to help them deal with and overcome shell-shock.

Long and complicated surgeries have been performed on patients successfully without having to use anesthetics. Recently, a professional hypnotherapist, Alex Lenkei, underwent a complicated surgery to relive him of arthritic pain in his right hand without taking any anesthetics. Lenkei put himself into a deep trance shortly before the surgery, and was fully conscious throughout the procedure. Apart from the tugs and pulls, he felt absolutely no pain whatsoever. This man is a living example – apparently, he has had a similar anesthesia-free surgery for hernia in 1996, making the surgery for arthritis his second time!

There is also the case of a woman who recently underwent a mastectomy without being given any anesthetics after being put into a hypnotic trance by Dr. William S. Kroger. The doctor, a practicing hypnotherapist, stood in the operation theater instead of the anesthesiologist. Surprisingly, Dr. Kroger had hypnotized the woman only the night before the surgery! There have also been several documented cases of women feeling almost no pain during childbirth, after being hypnotized. Hypnosis used on women during parturition is much safer than anesthetics, which may have harmful effects on the fetus. Even cancer patients and critically or terminally ill patients have benefited from hypnosis, when it comes to dealing with the pain. Hypnotherapy shows a lot of promise in the field of medicine and painless surgery

Eli Bliliuos is the founder of the New York Hypnosis Institute located in New York City. He specializes in pain management and surgery preparation and recovery.
Eli Bliliuos is a New York native whose interest in hypnosis dates back over 25 years. Eli is a Certified Master Hypnosis Trainer, an NLP Practitioner (Neural Linguistic Programming), and a Consulting NYC hypnotist who has been certified by the International Association of Counselors and Therapists as well as the prestigious National Guild of Hypnotists.

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Hypnosis For Pain Control in Child Birth

As a hypnotherapist I often get asked can hypnosis really help with pain control. This question is usually asked by a pregnant mum to be. More and more women these days are choosing to have their children by caesarian and so avoid the pain of natural labor. I find myself wondering if all these women would still do so if they knew how helpful hypnosis can be in relation to pain control and also how easy it is to learn.

Scientific research has over the last few years proven the benefits of hypnosis in pain control. In a Meta analysis of the use of hypnosis for pain control the result showed that surgical patients receiving hypnotherapy had better outcomes than 89% of controls. Not only that, the results also showed that people benefitted equally well irrespective of whether the hypnosis was a recorded session or an individual 1:1 live session. (Montgomery GH, David D, Winkel G, Silverstein JH, Bovbjerg DH. “The effectiveness of adjunctive hypnosis with surgical patients: A meta-analysis” Anesth Analg 2002 Jun;94(6):1639-45)

Clinical studies have shown that women in both first and second stages of labor who use hypnosis in preparation for the birth have an easier time than those in a control group. For example in one published study the hypnosis group spent an average time of 6.4 hours in the first stage as opposed to 9.3 hours in the control group, whilst they spent 37 minutes in the second stage as opposed to 50 minutes. In addition to this, the use of analgesic agents was significantly reduced in the hypnotized groups as opposed to the control groups.

It is great to see that the medical profession is now performing more research into holistic methods of pain control. Years ago people in pain only had access to natural remedies. As modern drugs have become more and more readily available, most people, particularly in the Western world, have turned a blind eye to the natural remedies used previously. As time passes it is becoming ever more obvious that there is still a place for natural remedies in medicine.

Hypnosis is in itself a state of relaxation, which is both normal and natural, and whilst you are in hypnosis you have access to your subconscious mind – the part that knows just what to do and how to do it, the part that acts automatically and spontaneously. Hypnosis allows contact with your inner mind; it allows communication with deep physiological functions.

Did you know that every thought you have has the ability to trigger off neurotransmitters in your brain which send messages to every cell in your organism? Relaxation with the help of hypnosis is just the first step. You can then utilize powerful NLP and hypnotic techniques to visualize the birth of your baby as the most comfortable, smooth and successful birth possible. Your imagination is limitless. It has no boundaries. A picture is worth a thousand words and a metaphor is worth a million. Thus the creative use of metaphorical language on hypnosis downloads for pain control in child birth is incredibly powerful.

What is great is that this is perfectly natural and it has been proven to be successful. Not only that, research has also proven that a hypnosis recording is just as effective as an individual session with a hypnotherapist. And so every mum to be can learn to use hypnosis for pain control in the comfort of her own home simply by using a hypnosis download.

Roseanna Leaton, specialist in hypnosis for health and well-being.

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