I wanted to take some time to write another introductory post about hypnosis/NLP particularly because of the activity on my social media accounts. I’ve received several messages from followers who want to know if hypnosis can actually help them with actual physical ailments or if it’s a technique specifically for subconscious inhibitors.
I think most people have no problem seeing how hypnosis and NLP can make you feel better about your day, but I understand why there’s some hesitation to believe that it’ll actually reduce physical pain.
So I did some research (and I’ll continue doing research) and found a study from 2000 that outlines the effectiveness of hypnosis in treating people in real pain. There’s actually a term for it called hypnoanalgesia.
How effective is Hypnosis, then?
Hypnosis has been used to treat a variety of mental disorders to include phobias, psychotic disorders, PTSD, anorexia nervosa, etc… But few realize that it is frequently used during medical procedures to help patients get through the pain of surgery without anesthetics. It’s also been known to relieve headache pain, pains from burn injuries, chronic back pains, and a host of other pain stimuli.
It’s widely accepted that hypnosis does have an actual medical application, but there haven’t been many studies that quantify NLP’s effectiveness in comparison to other treatments.
I did, however find some of those studies.
Looking over the various papers, there are hundreds of documented attempts to use hypnosis as a substitution for pain relievers or as the sole pain-relieving agent. The total of all the documents created a very clear picture and NLP’s positive effects were immediately obvious.
It was revealed that patients treated with NLP had a much greater response to their pain treatment regimen – in fact, those treated with hypnosis had a 75% greater response.
The study of these cases supports the use of hypnosis as an effective analgesic and is only slightly diminished due to the small sample size. But this research is enough for most high-end hospitals to have trained NLP practitioners under their employment to provide hypnotherapy to their patients.
I hope this post has opened your eyes to what’s possible with hypnosis. While a lot of people’s first exposure to NLP is at a magic show where they make people act like chickens, many professionals understand how important words can be to human psyche. Mastering the art of language patterning can have a huge, positive effect in another person life both tangible and intangible.