Hypnosis: adjunct therapy for cancer pain management.

J Adv Pract Oncol. 2013 Mar;4(2):83-8. Hypnosis: adjunct therapy for cancer pain management. Kravits K1. Author information Abstract Pain is a symptom associated with prolonged recovery from illness and procedures, decreased quality of life, and increased health-care costs. While there have been advances in the management of cancer pain, there is a need for therapeutic strategies that complement pharmaceutical management without significantly contributing to the side-effect profile of these agents. Hypnosis provides a safe and efficacious supplement to pharmaceutical management of cancer pain. One barrier to the regular use of hypnosis is health-care providers’ lack of current knowledge of the …

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Hypnosis as sole anaesthesia for skin tumour removal in a patient with multiple chemical sensitivity.

Anaesthesia. 2013 Sep;68(9):961-5. doi: 10.1111/anae.12251. Epub 2013 Jul 12. Hypnosis as sole anaesthesia for skin tumour removal in a patient with multiple chemical sensitivity. Facco E1, Pasquali S, Zanette G, Casiglia E. Author information Abstract A female patient with multiple chemical sensitivity and previous anaphylactoid reactions to local anaesthetics was admitted for removal of a thigh skin tumour under hypnosis as sole anaesthesia. The hypnotic protocol included hypnotic focused analgesia and a pre-operative pain threshold test. After inducing hypnosis, a wide excision was performed, preserving the deep fascia, and the tumour was removed; the patient’s heart rate and blood pressure …

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Hypnotic approaches for chronic pain management: clinical implications of recent research findings.

Am Psychol. 2014 Feb-Mar;69(2):167-77. doi: 10.1037/a0035644. Hypnotic approaches for chronic pain management: clinical implications of recent research findings. Jensen MP1, Patterson DR1. Author information Abstract The empirical support for hypnosis for chronic pain management has flourished over the past two decades. Clinical trials show that hypnosis is effective for reducing chronic pain, although outcomes vary between individuals. The findings from these clinical trials also show that hypnotic treatments have a number of positive effects beyond pain control. Neurophysiological studies reveal that hypnotic analgesia has clear effects on brain and spinal-cord functioning that differ as a function of the specific hypnotic …

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Hypnotherapy of a pain disorder: a clinical case study.

Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2015;63(2):236-46. doi: 10.1080/00207144.2015.1002704. Hypnotherapy of a pain disorder: a clinical case study. Artimon HM1. Author information Abstract Hypnotherapy’s effectiveness in improving and controlling chronic pain of various etiologies has been demonstrated by studies; the mechanism by which hypnosis does this is more complex than a simple induction of muscle relaxation. This study reveals, in addition to this mechanism, a deeper dimension of hypnotherapy from the vantage of a patient with a medical-surgical background, diagnosed with a pain disorder and major severe depressive disorder in addition to incurable painful symptoms, through treatment associated with hypnoanalysis. Following …

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The use of hypnosis in healthcare.

Rev Prat. 2015 Apr;65(4):457-9. [The use of hypnosis in healthcare]. [Article in French] Vanhaudenhuyse A, Faymonville MÉ. Abstract Hypnosis has proved successful in a variety of clinical situations such as alleviation of acute or chronic pain and other chronic debilitating conditions (asthma-eczema). Many psychotherapists utilize imagery to facilitate the process of change, treating depression with hypnosis and integrating patient centered strategic approaches (challenge efficacy of psychotherapy). This article focuses on delivering of hypnotic interventions for pain and will provide a very short overview of core issues in the development of the cognitive neuroscience of hypnosis and conscious state. PMID: 26058178 …

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Hypnosis as a treatment of chronic widespread pain in general practice: A randomized controlled pilot trial

BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2008; 9: 124. Published online 2008 Sep 18. doi:  10.1186/1471-2474-9-124 PMCID: PMC2553788 Hypnosis as a treatment of chronic widespread pain in general practice: A randomized controlled pilot trial Jan Robert Grøndahl1,2 and Elin Olaug Rosvold1 Author information ► Article notes ► Copyright and License information ► Abstract Background Hypnosis treatment in general practice is a rather new concept. This pilot study was performed to evaluate the effect of a standardized hypnosis treatment used in general practice for patients with chronic widespread pain (CWP). Methods The study was designed as a randomized control group-controlled study. Sixteen patients were …

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Neurophysiology of hypnosis.

Neurophysiol Clin. 2014 Oct;44(4):343-53. doi: 10.1016/j.neucli.2013.09.006. Epub 2013 Oct 29. Neurophysiology of hypnosis. Vanhaudenhuyse A1, Laureys S2, Faymonville ME3. Author information Abstract We here review behavioral, neuroimaging and electrophysiological studies of hypnosis as a state, as well as hypnosis as a tool to modulate brain responses to painful stimulations. Studies have shown that hypnotic processes modify internal (self awareness) as well as external (environmental awareness) brain networks. Brain mechanisms underlying the modulation of pain perception under hypnotic conditions involve cortical as well as subcortical areas including anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortices, basal ganglia and thalami. Combined with local anesthesia and …

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Fibromyalgia pain and its modulation by hypnotic and non-hypnotic suggestion: an fMRI analysis.

Eur J Pain. 2009 May;13(5):542-50. doi: 10.1016/j.ejpain.2008.06.010. Epub 2008 Jul 23. Fibromyalgia pain and its modulation by hypnotic and non-hypnotic suggestion: an fMRI analysis. Derbyshire SW1, Whalley MG, Oakley DA. Author information Abstract The neuropsychological status of pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, commonly categorized as ‘psychosomatic’ or ‘functional’ disorders, remains controversial. Activation of brain structures dependent upon subjective alterations of fibromyalgia pain experience could provide an insight into the underlying neuropsychological processes. Suggestion following a hypnotic induction can readily modulate the subjective experience of pain. It is unclear whether suggestion without hypnosis is equally effective. To explore these and related …

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Possibilities of hypnosis and hypnosuggestive methods in oncology

Magy Onkol. 2011 Mar;55(1):22-31. doi: MagyOnkol.2011.55.1.22. Epub 2011 Mar 31. [Possibilities of hypnosis and hypnosuggestive methods in oncology]. [Article in Hungarian] Jakubovits E1. Author information Abstract Fear of death, pain, or the recurrence of the illness of tumor patients can narrow their attention to a point where a spontaneous altered state of consciousness occurs. In these cases hypnosis either in formal psychotherapy or embedded into the everyday communication with the physician can effectively complement other already known medical and psychological techniques. Although numerous studies have reported the beneficial physical and mental changes induced by hypnosis, for a long time there …

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Adolescents with cancer. Hypnosis for the reduction of the acute pain and anxiety associated with medical procedures.

J Adolesc Health Care. 1983 Jun;4(2):85-90. Adolescents with cancer. Hypnosis for the reduction of the acute pain and anxiety associated with medical procedures. Kellerman J, Zeltzer L, Ellenberg L, Dash J. Abstract Eighteen adolescents with cancer were trained in hypnosis to ameliorate the discomfort and anxiety associated with bone marrow aspirations, lumbar punctures, and chemotherapeutic injections. Two patients rejected hypnosis. The remaining 16 adolescents achieved significant reductions in multiple measures of distress after hypnosis training. Preintervention data showed no pattern of spontaneous remission or habituation, and, in fact, an increasing anticipatory anxiety was observed before hypnotic treatment. Group reductions in …

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