Health professionals throughout the Unites States are discovering the effectiveness of hypnosis to help ease arthritis pain. In this article you will learn more about different methods of dealing with arthritis pain, and when to choose hypnosis. So let’s get started right away.
Successful in medical practice
Among the health professionals utilizing hypnosis against arthritis pain is Joseph Barber, PhD. He is a clinical professor of anesthesiology and rehabilitation at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.
He successfully uses hypnotic suggestions in his practice with arthritis patients, particularly those who don’t tolerate anti-inflammatory drugs.
What does science say?
Scientific studies have shown “substantial pain relief in 75% of participants” who underwent hypnosis to help pain. This research was evaluated by scientists from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, which in total included 900 patients.
Why does it work?
There are still a lot of unresolved questions in the fields of neuroscience, so we still do not have a complete understanding of why it actually works.
But one theory goes like this: pain doesn’t actually happen in your joints when you have arthritis. Pain happens in your brain.
This might sound counterintuitive, because you experience pain in your joints. But that’s only because signals from your joints get sent to the brain, where they create the sensation of pain, which your brain then projects into your joints. This of course makes sense, because it is your joints that are having problems. But in the case of arthritis, the pain doesn’t fulfill it’s original purpose, but instead causes more problems.
Depending upon what you focus your attention, you can either increase or decrease your pain. Experienced meditators for example are able to “switch off” pain signalling in the brain – they can get themselves into meditative states in which they don’t experience pain.
Now this takes literally decades of intense meditation training to achieve.
But hypnosis is a shortcut to get the same effect: your mind can easily enter into an altered state of consciousness which will drastically reduce your arthritis pain, while at the same time you can remain mentally alert and awake.
Chronic arthritis pain is the worst kind of pain, and it’s important that you do something about it as soon as possible. Because the longer you suffer from chronic pain, the worse the pain will get. A medical doctor once described this like a leaking house to me: the longer there is a leak in a water pipe, the bigger the damage to the house can be.
Maybe you’ve seen pictures of people who do weird things that would usually painful – like in Thailand, where during the vegetarian Phuket festival people put knives through their cheeks or hang themselves on fish-hooks, and they do so without experiencing pain. This is because they are in a trance state.
The same effect also comes into play in survival situations – sometimes in the course of a serious accident, a person gets severely hurt without noticing it at first, because the person is in a state of shock.
The following hypnosis download is a much more elegant way to activate the brains mechanism that can override pain signals you experience from arthritis. Just give it a try!