Can Hypnosis Therapy Alleviate Your Arthritis Pain?
Anyone who suffers from arthritis knows that it can be a debilitating condition. Constant joint pain can quickly sap the enjoyment right out of any activity. There are many different treatments for arthritis available today: surgeries, medications, physical therapy, and so on. Many people afflicted with arthritis try dozens of these, yet still suffer with joint pain. The good news is that one particular treatment takes a very different approach to pain management and has a good track record. That treatment is hypnosis therapy.
When most people think of hypnosis therapy, they picture a sinister character swinging a watch in front of an unsuspecting victim and luring them into a trance during which they are susceptible to malicious brainwashing. This could not be further from the truth. A patient under hypnosis cannot be talked into doing anything that they would not do under normal circumstances, nor can they be made into a “Manchurian candidate” who is programmed to perform some action at a later time. The easiest way to understand hypnosis therapy is to think of it as guided meditation with the goal of making positive physiological changes.
The average person probably enters a pseudo-hypnotic state several times throughout the day: possibly during a long drive, in a waiting room, or performing some repetitive task. In these situations, you may find that although you have been awake, you have “zoned out” and a surprisingly long period of time has passed. This is a similar state that patients enter during hypnosis therapy.
During this phase, the subconscious mind is more receptive to positive suggestions. It is during this phase that work can begin on arthritis pain management. The exact method depends largely on the patient’s personality, degree of pain, and many other items of medical history. The hypnotherapist may use an approach involving guided imagery, neuro-linguistic programming, interpersonal communication, or a variety of other methods. A certified hypnotherapist can develop a “script” tailored to the patient. The body and mind are inexorably linked and the hypnotherapist’s job is to use that link to make positive physical changes through the mind.
Hypnosis therapy has been shown to be effective for many individuals in need of arthritis pain management. For these individuals, hypnosis therapy is much more than a hokey nightclub act or a Hollywood film cliché: It is an invaluable tool for leaving their pain behind and enjoying life to the fullest.