1. Jacob

    I have heard hypnosis used for many things but not for the treatment of lower back pain. I think this is quite a new method in the medical treatment for now? Personally, I have never tried before but since hypnosis can “help” to relax, there is a possibility it can help to reduce the pain as most pain nowadays are caused by tight muscles.
    The thing about hypnosis that I am curious about is it same as sleeping,at least for the mental state?

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Jacob,

      When people are in a deep hypnotic state the same things are happening to them as when they are asleep even though they are not sleeping. For example, their breathing patterns can be very similar. Also, keep in mind that REM sleep is considered the “dream sleep”. Dreams, experts have told us, are the mind’s way of flushing out unresolved emotions so one can start the next day fresh. Hypnosis when done well is a deliberate creation of REM state in ourselves and others. In other words, it can open up the interface with the unconscious and in that way help us deal with trauma. In this sense, hypnosis is like sleep. Hypnosis, however, is not sleep.

  2. cristina

    Hello there…
    Amazing site:) I didn’t t know that hypnosis can cure pain…
    I was always interested of the hypnosis but i didn’t know about this:). It was very informative reading:)
    I enjoyed very much reading your post…Can I ask you something?
    Is not so much related tot this theme about cure pain but it is about the hypnosis .Do you think with the help of hypnosis can someone go back to your past life? Do you believe in this?
    I have a site about time travel and i am interested in your opinion about hypnosis.
    Thanks for sharing and Ia m waiting for your answer.

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Christina,

      Thanks for the feedback and kind words. I think hypnosis can tap into our unconscious and enable us to remember and observe past events. In that sense, yes I think hypnosis can take us back in time. thanks again for a thought provoking and heartfelt question. Keep asking and exploring.

    • Martha

      I read some interesting theories about this.
      It hasn’t been given much credence by the scientific community though, or people in general.
      But who knows.

  3. Martha

    The scientific community seems to be of two minds when it comes to the efficacy if hypnotherapy, to be honest.
    I’ve read studies that claim it’s hogwash and others that say it’s effective.
    It’s hard to see the reason for doubt though, as it relaxes and soothes me.
    Thanks for the well written article.

    • Hi Martha,

      I think one’s resistance level may determine how well hypnotherapy works. If one has an open mind and allows himself or herself to experience the process, then hypnotherapy may work as intended.

  4. Anthony

    Hypnosis sure sounds like an interesting idea. I’ve heard some people swear by it for stopping smoking and other health related stuffs. I just wonder if masking the pain with hypnosis would leave you vulnerable to further injury because you think you feel good. At least, that’s what it seems like.

    • Hi Anthony,

      This relates to something I told Nathan: hypnosis should be practiced by a medical professional. That said, here’s a more specific answer to your observation.
      Pain is often a symptom that something is wrong; therefore a thorough medical examination is necessary to determine the cause of the pain. With the doctor’s permission hypnosis can then be used to relieve the pain, not using hypnosis to mask it. Again, never under any circumstance try to mask a problem. Sometimes, though, the connection between the mind and the physical must be looked at. Here is where hypnotherapy can be useful.

  5. Nathan Daniels

    Just wanted to chip this in. Hypnotherapy definitely works but then, it’s also easily open to abuse. So, you can’t just go to any one who says they can do it. You should first check their credentials and find out information from people who have had it from that person. Having said that, it doesn’t mean hypnosis doesn’t work. It works and I’m speaking from my own personal experience.

    • Hi Daniels,

      I think more and more people in the scientific community see hypnosis as one of the tools that can be used to address the whole spectrum of pain management. They see hypnotherapy as one of the ways to retraining the brain. Pain is produced by the brain. It’s possible that even when the body is out of danger, that is tissue is healed as best as possible, on going pain still persists. The brain must be retrained to deal with the sensitivity of the nervous system.

  6. Nathan Daniels

    Just wanted to chip this in. Hypnotherapy definitely works but then, it’s also easily open to abuse. So, you can’t just go to any one who says they can do it. You should first check their credentials and find out information from people who have had it from that person. Having said that, it doesn’t mean hypnosis doesn’t work. It works perfectly and I’m speaking from my own personal experience.

    • Hypnotherapy is performed by a Hypnotherapist. By law, Hypnotherapy must be performed by a trained professional who is a medical practitioner, or under the supervision or direction of a licensed practitioner. Some issues require a script from a medical doctor for a referral. So You’re right Nathan. You shouldn’t go to anyone who says they can do it. In fact this is how the federal agency that regulates credentials in this area defines best practices.

      What is a Hypnotherapist?
      “Hypnotherapist—induces hypnotic state in client to increase motivation or alter behavior pattern through hypnosis.  Consults with client to determine the nature of problem.  Prepares client to enter hypnotic states by explaining how hypnosis works and what client will experience.  Tests subject to determine degrees of physical and emotional suggestibility.  Induces hypnotic state in client using individualized methods and techniques of hypnosis based on interpretation of test results and analysis of client’s problem.  May train client in self-hypnosis.”
      – U.S. Department of Labor Directory of Occupational Titles. D.O.T. 079.157.010.

      So the bottom line is that you should stay away from anyone who uses hypnosis as pure entertainment and instead go to someone who has the medical training to help solve your issue.

  7. R. Freeman

    I am a huge fan of hypnosis, I think that it has many relevant uses. Therefore, I have to admit my surprise that it has been studied and used as a treatment for pain and specifically back pain as well. Considering the studies conducted, I must say that I am disappointed that in my field I have not heard more about it. It makes sense though that it would work. Hypnosis is very undervalued when taking into account it’s successes. It would be tremendous if the use of it was taken more seriously as a pain management tool. Our minds are very powerful, we should learn to reign in some of that power versus just relying on expensive pharmaceuticals and mainstream treatments.

    • I think you make an excellent point when speaking about how hypnosis is very undervalued by the medical professional. I think doctors of all people should realize that pain resides for the most part in the brain. Anything that can distract the brain from focusing on pain, like hypnosis, can be a very helpful pain management tool.

  8. ProlificAshley

    wow! Informative post! I really love this post.. I never knew that hypnosis can reduce lower body pain. This is One of the most Informative post I have read online in the past 3 month.

    • Hi Ashley,
      As I said in the post, Some people respond to hypnosis better than others, but there’s no harm in trying it. It has no side effects and if it doesn’t work for you, you should stop using it.

      However, I have also noted that eliminating the pain without discovering its cause can result in more pain in the future. It is therefore important to get a diagnosis of the cause of the back pain. Once you are able to discover the cause, you can then safely deal with the pain. That said, hypnosis is becoming more accepted by the medical profession as an alternative treatment to managing pain.

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