The Multimodal Approach To Pain Management

In terms of pain management, modern healthcare employs a multimodal treatment approach, which includes modern medical pharmacological tools, physiotherapy and supportive therapy. Some patients, may benefit from a combination of approach, and for others, a modern pharmacological approach may not be suitable. For these people, complementary medicine (utilization of a non-pharmacological approach) may provide a solution. Clinical Hypnotherapy is one of these complementary medicine approaches.

Changing The Experience Of Pain

In 2000, a study by Dr Steven Lynn and colleagues, documented that, Clinical Hypnosis has the ability to change the psychological components of the experience of pain. Dr. David Patterson conducted a review of clinical studies which showed pain scoring, need for additional analgesics or sedation, nausea and vomiting, and duration of stay in hospitals, were reduced with patients treated with hypnosis as compared to without hypnosis.

Hypnosis has also been linked with better overall outcome after medical treatment and greater physiological stability. Many healthcare providers have found that patients treated with hypnosis (as an adjunct to their treatment) have documented more patient satisfaction as compared to patients without hypnosis.

Clinical Hypnosis involves steps to focus concentration and to increase responsiveness to suggestions to alter one’s thoughts, feelings, and physiological state. In most clinical situations, hypnosis is not a treatment by itself. It’s a procedure that can be used to assist other modes of treatment, examples being to relieve a person’s anxiety for MRI scan or other medical procedures, wound care/dressing and to assist in labour pain.

Hypnosis is useful for chronic pain conditions such as headache, backache, cancer related pain, and other long standing pain illness. This mode of therapy doesn’t involve expensive medical equipment and specialized medications. Since this is a natural therapy utilizing the patient’s perceptions, it does help in saving medical cost for some people.

A Natural Mind Shift?

It’s important to know that hypnosis is not some special mystical experience that only qualified hypnotists can induce. In fact, it is part of our everyday experience. Any time you get really engrossed in something (such as, a good book, or an interesting task) you can shift into a hypnotic state. Often a sign of being in a hypnotic state is that time is distorted. People may describe, losing track of time. Hours can fly by and yet only seem like minutes. So, we all go into hypnotic state naturally on a frequent basis. The trick about developing skills in self-hypnosis is to take control of when you go into a state and what you do with it. Developing skills at self-hypnosis is an opportunity to take control of your physical and emotional experience.

Long standing pain conditions, needs individualized treatment plans that look at physiological and emotional aspects of pain. Patients may require help in motivating them for habit change such as, exercise and good diet, or simply to make a drastic mind shift. Instead of focusing on unproductive thinking patterns, Clinical Hypnotherapy can help patients to have more productive thought processes. For example, instead of dwelling on thoughts of, “ I have to suffer with this pain”, patients can be encourage to invest in new thoughts, “I don’t have to suffer with this pain, but I can manage this pain while I enjoy carrying out my daily routine with passion” . In hospital based practice, clinicians using hypnosis, are usually experts in pain management and may consult with appropriate consultants to formulate effective treatment strategies for patients.

A Valid Possibility For Pain Relief

Certain individuals respond to Clinical Hypnosis therapy with amazing positive outcomes. Since it has no negative side effects and if it doesn’t work for you, you can choose to cease the therapy any time. Self-hypnosis is an opportunity to use your creative mind for your physical and emotional well-being. You may well find that it is an opportunity worth taking. Therefore there’s no harm in trying it out. Talk to your doctor  and explore this possibility for your pain needs.

Dr Anand Chandrasegaran is a medical specialist who helps you through your operation. He is a consultant anesthesiologist & Critical Care Medicine in Columbia Asia Hospital, Klang. With 14 years of clinical experience, he is an expert in providing the safest and most     effective anesthesia. It is essential that he helps his patients with pre-surgical anxiety/stress and post operative recovery, using Clinical Hypnotherapy. He is a certifed clinical hypnotherapist who specializes in pain management. Contact him at https:// hypnotherapyservicesmalaysia.weebly.com or mbbsum@gmail.com