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Many things, not all emotional, could cause a pain. There is a lot of difference between a pathological condition that causes pain and an emotional condition that causes a pain. Pain is also a body’s warning system and there are some pains that are phantom pains.

The advantages of hypnosis are many, in cases of intractable pain. Drug requirements are lessened, appetitive is increase and depression and anxiety is removed.

There are generally two classification of pain: acute and chronic. Acute pain is associated with the sudden outset of pain such as a broken arm, a cut finger, a burn on the hand and is generally more intense than chronic pain. Chronic pain is usually of an ongoing nature such a back pain, arthritis, and intensity may vary. The experience of pain is a combination of the type of pain, tension, fear and anxiety. Our normal response to pain is to resists the pain by tightening up even more and becoming tenser. This increases the severity of the pain. By relaxation of the body there is a natural reduction of pain. By proper suggestions in the hypnotic state, the experience of pain can be reduced or eliminated for periods of time.



Hypnosis is effective as an adjunct treatment to help control the pain of arthritis. It also helps the accompanying depression or negative feelings.

Arthritis is not a single disease. The name arthritis means an inflammation of one or more joints. This inflammation of the joints is usually caused by wear and tear, injury or infection. Some are genetic. Its causes and consequences are varied. The inflammation is often accompanied by pain, swelling, redness and motion limitation. X-rays may show horrifying damage to the joint of people who feel no pain at all, or they may show relatively little damage in people who feel great pain.

There are more than 100 types of arthritis. The most common types are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout.

Some hypnotherapists use a technique that involves imagination to change the imagined, color, texture or appearance etc. of any part of the body, so that it complies with the client’s idea of restored health. By imagining a color to represent pain and then a different color to represent the desired relief the client can see and feel the difference. By identifying the location and color of their pain and then imagining themselves applying the relief color to the affected area, the two colors blend together forming a new shade, which visually reinforces their success.

Increasing muscle tone reduces stress to affected joints, which increases mobility and discomfort. Low impact activities like swimming, walking and a range of motion exercises are commonly recommended to client with arthritis. With hypnosis, subconscious suggestions strengthen the connection between the activity and the positive results. Hypnosis can also help stimulate chondrocyte production, which increases the growth of healthy new cartilage. Pain is often the biggest issue with arthritis.

Some pain however is necessary as it acts as a warning system telling us that something isn’t right. The responsible approach with hypnosis is only to reduce unnecessary pain, leaving intact the body’s ability to signal us and protect us from further injury.

Arthritis can begin with minor aches and pains, but it can also make a person seriously ill, cause tremendous pain, lead to deformities in the hand and feet or even leave a person bedridden. A client suffering from arthritis needs proper treatment, including good medical help. Hypnotherapy does not take the place of qualified medical care but it can help alleviate painful symptoms and help the body works at its best.

Many arthritis conditions have a psychosomatic origin. Emotions such as fear, jealousy, worry etc. may all lead to conflict tensions.



Hypnosis can be used to reduce or eliminate morning sickness and eradicate negative beliefs and values such as pain and labor. Hypnotic suggestions throughout the pregnancy will also prepare the mother physiologically.

The client learns to relax throughout the pregnancy, which will assist her with a much quicker, and easier delivery process. It can help strengthen her back muscles to accommodate the growing weight in the stomach thereby reducing or eliminating lower back pain.

Anxiety and pain are controlled without interference with physiology of mother or child and elimination of common discomforts associated with pregnancy.  Usually recovery following the birth will be quicker as well.

Early pregnancy has its share of discomforts and the hypnotherapist needs to be aware of them. Some of these problems include constipation, dizziness or fainting, fatigue, heartburn, mood swings, nasal problems like snoring, congestion and nosebleeds, vaginal discharge and vaginal infections. Headaches are also quite frequent during early pregnancy. Urinary infection is common and frequency of urination as the expanding uterus exerts pressure on the bladder.

Birthing complication includes premature childbirth, unusual bleeding and umbilical cord entrapment. It could be possible that the baby is in a full breech position or back-birth position. Some mothers get torn during childbirth and have to get stitches.

The hypnotherapist can help the mother with a healthy and uneventful delivery. The aim is ultimately to help a mother enjoy the whole experience of childbirth and not to replace the medical profession.



The use of hypnosis in dentistry has attested to the increasing sophistication of hypnotic procedures to deal with the special problems of the dental patient. Besides smoothing out dental procedures by way of its generalized anti-anxiety effects, it can increase overall patient comfort, make the dental experience acceptable and bearable, decreases resistance to future intervention, and through posthypnotic suggestions, encourage more rapid recovery.

Many individuals have anxieties about dental procedures. Some in fact are so phobic that they prefer to allow serious pathology to develop rather than to seek help. Apprehensive clients usually have difficulties citing specific fears they may have about dental procedure – fear of pain while constraint in the chair, the fear of choking, and the fear of disapproval by the dentist for lack of self-care. Some of these fears may tie into other ones such as helplessness.

While some dentists may balk at the idea of the use of hypnosis, it is pointed out that once the patient is relaxed, procedures are done more quickly and subsequent procedures are handled more smoothly through the use of posthypnotic suggestions. Gagging is connected to anxiety and can present major problems for the dental patient. Some patients find it very difficult to have impressions take or to wear dentures. Hypnosis has had marked success in the control of this unpleasant reflex.

While some anxiety and tension is normal with most dental procedures, higher levels interfere significantly with the treatment.



People who are constipated may find it difficult and painful to have bowel movements. Other symptoms may include feeling bloated, uncomfortable and sluggish. Many people think they are constipated when in fact their bowel movements are regular. There is not right number of daily or weekly bowel movements. Poor diet and lack of exercise are usually the causes and in most cases it is temporary and not serious.

The hard and dry stools of constipation occur when the colon absorbs too much water or if the colon’s muscles contractions are slow or sluggish causing the stool to move through the colon too slowly.

Other causes of constipation may be not enough liquids, lack of exercise, medications, abuse of laxative, and specific diseases such as a stroke, problems with colon and rectum and problems with intestinal function.

Some people suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. Constipation and diarrhea often alternate with abdominal cramping, gassiness and bloating. This condition often worsens with stress.

Abuse of laxative is common among people who are preoccupied with having a daily bowel movement. Laxatives usually are not necessary and can be habit-forming. The colon begins to rely on the laxative to bring on a bowel movement. Over time, laxatives can damage nerve cells in the colon and interfere with the colon’s natural ability to contract.

Diseases that cause constipation include neurological disorders, metabolic and endocrine disorders and systemic conditions that affect organ systems. Intestinal obstruction, tumors, colorectal stricture or cancer can compress, squeeze or narrow the intestine and rectum and cause constipation.

For irritable bowel syndrome one of hypnotherapy’s greatest benefits is its ability to reduce the effects of stress. The common thread among people with IBS is that it interfered with their daily living. Hypnosis can relieve most of the symptoms. One of the phases of suggestions would consist of the actual gut specific metaphors.

Hypnosis will also improve the quality of life of these clients.  Constipation is a common phobia that causes countless people needless distress. Fear of constipation can cause panic attacks and symptoms include shortness of breath, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and overall feelings of dread, although everyone experiences constipation phobia in their own way and may have different symptoms. Like all fears and phobias, constipation phobia is created by the unconscious mind as a protective mechanism.

If the muscles connected with elimination are not functioning properly, hypnotherapy will be able to assist but care needs to be taken that there is not physical problem like a blockage.


By Meeka O'Brien



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