Hypnosis in the relief of pain and pain disorders

Mark P. Jensen and David R. Patterson

in The Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780198570097
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Hypnosis in the relief of pain and pain disorders

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Acute pain refers to pain associated with tissue damage, or that is experienced with noxious stimulation that would produce tissue damage if it continued. More serious examples of acute pain include pain associated with diagnostic procedures and medical treatments that themselves produce tissue damage, such as lumbar punctures or bone marrow aspirations. In addition to painful diagnostic procedures, there are a host of invasive medical interventions that can result in severe acute pain. As this article explains, hypnotic treatments are among a number of nonbiomedically-focused treatments that have been shown to result in significant reductions in pain and improvement in overall quality of life in persons with acute and chronic pain. This article is aimed at the clinician who is interested in helping patients better manage acute or chronic pain with hypnosis. It begins with an overview of pain, and presents the essential components of modern biopsychosocial models of pain.

Keywords: noxious stimulation; pain disorder; lumbar punctures; biopsychosocial models of pain; chronic pain

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Subjects: Psychology ; Research Methods in Psychology

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