Pain Is Pain; Suffering Is Optional
Pain management is any treatment designed to reduce pain and help the patient achieve a reasonable quality of life and ability to function. Often, though, with chronic conditions, doctors tell patients that they must live with their pain.
It has been shown that patients with chronic pain are usually not helped with medication. Typically, there is no longer any active tissue damage, and the brain and body are used to those sensations as being terribly uncomfortable.
When traditional pain management techniques fail to control pain, medical hypnosis can be helpful. It also can help relieve the insomnia that often accompanies chronic pain.
Fewer side effects
Traditional pain medication can cause:
- “fuzzy” thinking
- abdominal pain
Medical hypnosis, on the other hand, has no side effects. Plus, it is extremely empowering and allows patients to take control over a situation that they previously thought was beyond their control.
Of all the things for which medical hypnosis is well-known to treat, pain has been studied the most extensively. Medical hypnosis is an extremely powerful tool that often allows patients to decrease and even discontinue their pain medications.
In addition, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to be helpful for patients with pain.
Dr. Lazarus incorporates both medical hypnosis and CBT strategies to help individuals suffering from pain.