Motor City Hypnotist Podcast with David Wright – Episode 19 Hypnosis for Chronic Pain

Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Outline In this episode of the Motor City Hypnotist Podcast we going to talk about chronic pain and how hypnosis can help! And I’m also going to be giving listeners a FREE HYPNOSIS GUIDE! Stay tuned! INTRODUCTION What is up people? The Motor City Hypnotist Podcast is here in the Podcast Detroit Northville Studios. Thank you for joining me on this episode of the Motor City Hypnotist Podcast. I am David Wright and with me is my producer Matt Fox. FIND ME: My Website: My social media links: Facebook: YouTube: Twitter: Instagram: motorcityhypno If you would like to contribute financially to the show, you can find me on Patreon: FREE HYPNOSIS GUIDE Please also subscribe to the show and leave a review. Please also join me each week as I co-host the Psyched by MG podcast. (Stay with me as later in the podcast, I’ll be giving away a free gift to all listeners!) This episode of the Motor City Hypnotist Podcast is brought to you by Banner Season. 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TOPIC INTRODUCTION Hypnosis for Chronic Pain According to the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately 76.2 million (one in every four) Americans have suffered from pain that lasted longer than 24 hours and millions more suffer long term or what we call “chronic pain”. Chronic pain is loosely defined as pain that is constant and lasts for more than three weeks. Chronic pain typically results from an injury or medical conditions (such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and a host of other medical conditions). Statistics from the American Academy of Pain Medicine reports chronic pain affects more people in the United States than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined and that over 50 million adults have chronic pain conditions. WHY DOES IT HURT? Pain is a warning sensation to your brain that some type of stimulus is causing or may cause damage to your body and that you should take action. Pain perception or nociception (from the Latin word for “hurt”) is the process by which a painful stimulus is relayed from the site of the stimulation to the central nervous system. There are several steps in the nociception process: 1. Contact with stimulus; Stimuli can be mechanical (pressure, punctures or cuts) or chemical (burns). 2. Reception; A nerve ending or endings sense the stimulus. 3. Transmission; A nerve(s) sends the signal to the central nervous system. The relay of information usually involves several neurons within the central nervous system. 4. Pain Center Reception; The brain receives the information for further processing and action The fact that your pain center reception function is processed by your brain indicates that changing brain activity can influence the pain center receptors located there. Have you ever cut yourself and not realized it? Then you notice the cut and then the pain hits? This opens up amazing possibilities for controlling pain. OPTIONS There are numerous options to help you cope with chronic pain depending on where your pain is occurring. The first option that people usually turn to is medication. Of course, there are dangers inherent with pain medication. Per the National Institute on Drug Abuse, every day more than 90 Americans die of overdosing on opioids (the most commonly prescribed medications for pain). The misuse of and addiction to opioids including prescription pain relievers, heroin and synthetic opioids such as Fentanyl is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment and criminal justice involvement. These are shocking statistics that show the high risk of using opioid medications; 1. Roughly 21 to 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them 2. Between 8 and 12 percent develop an opioid use disorder 3. An estimated 4 to 6 percent who misuse prescription opioids transition to heroin. 4. About 80 percent of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioid medications. Surgery for pain relief is another common approach especially for those suffering from back and neck issues. references numerous studies that show Chronic Pain Management often leads to better results than surgery. One study focused on Degenerative Disc Disease and split patients into two groups. One group utilized pain management techniques including physical therapy, counseling and hypnosis techniques. The 2nd group had spine surgery. Patients who had spine surgery and those who utilized pain management techniques both obtained major improvement in pain and an increase in activity levels. Within four years after the study began, only a quarter of the patients assigned to the non-surgical regimen had chosen to have surgery. Almost a quarter of the people who had an initial fusion surgery underwent repeat surgery. Of those who underwent surgery, 58% took pain medication every day or every week compared with those 35% of those who did not have surgery. The question now becomes, if you want to avoid the inherent risk of surgery and prescription painkillers, what are your options? There are numerous alternative choices to cope with chronic pain conditions. The following approaches do not involve drugs or surgery. 1. Chiropracty manipulates joints to relieve compression of nerves 2. Massage stimulates blood flow, relieves muscle spasms and increases somatosensory information which can relieve pain. 3. Hot applications increase blood flow and cold applications reduce inflammation which contributes to pain 4. Acupuncture stimulates nerve cells and release endorphins which reduces pain signals. 5. Mental control techniques rely on the ability of the mind and emotions to control and alleviate pain through descending neural pathways. They include relaxation techniques, biofeedback and hypnosis. HYPNOSIS FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT Research has shown medical hypnosis to be helpful for acute and chronic pain. A panel of the National Institutes of Health found hypnosis to be effective in easing cancer pain. More recent studies have demonstrated its effectiveness for pain related to burns, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and reduction of anxiety associated with surgery. A meta-analysis (study of 18 studies of hypnosis) showed that 75% of clinical and experimental participants with varying types of pain obtained substantial relief supporting the claims of effectiveness of hypnosis for pain management. Pain Pathways Magazine indicates there is growing evidence and established research to suggest that hypnosis: 1. Has a great influence on the effects of pain rather than the sensation of pain. 2. May be more effective or at least equivalent to other treatments for acute and chronic pain 3. Have the potential to save both money and time for patients and clinicians. 4. Is able to provide analgesia, reduce stress, relieve anxiety, improve sleep, improve mood, and reduce the need for opioids. 5. Can enhance the efficacy of other well-established treatments for pain. Hypnosis has been used successfully for people with a variety of pain conditions. The Arthritis Foundation has an entire page on its website dedicated to hypnosis for pain relief of arthritis. Other medical conditions commonly cited as being improved with hypnosis include: 1. Headaches 2. Fibromyalgia 3. Cancer 4. Burns 5. Back Pain The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis cites many other illnesses that would make someone a good candidate. Aside from these conditions, many in the field believe that the reality is that candidates with just about any type of chronic or acute pain could see a positive outcome from hypnosis. To summarize, if you can achieve a significant reduction in your pain without medications or surgery, you would be avoiding the risks of addiction, surgical complications and need for additional surgeries. HYPNOSIS FOR CHRONIC PAIN NEXT EPISODE: Top 10 Inspirational Movies Change your thinking, change your life! Laugh hard, run fast, be kind. David R. Wright MA, LPC, CHT The Motor City Hypnotist