Case of the Month #29: Using Hypnosis in Pain Management by Dr Sue Peacock

Published: 28/06/2023


The use of hypnosis for Mr C’s chronic or persistent pain management is in alignment with the growing body of evidence supporting its effectiveness. This case study demonstrates the potential benefits of hypnosis in managing chronic or persistent back pain and addressing needle phobia in a male patient. Using hypnosis allowed for a multidimensional approach to pain management, targeting pain reduction, sleep improvement, anxiety reduction, and overcoming needle phobia. Mr C highlighted the positive impact that hypnotherapy can have on both the physical and emotional well-being of individuals with chronic or persistent pain.

Teaching self-hypnosis is important, to empower individuals to take an active role in their pain management, this is crucial for long-term success. Hypnosis provides individuals with pain management techniques that they can utilize independently, promoting self-efficacy and a sense of control (Lynch, 1999). This is reflected in Mr C's reported ability to cope better with pain episodes and engage in activities.

Mr C reported taking less pain medication, highlighting the potential of hypnosis to reduce medication use in chronic or persistent /persistent pain patients. A systematic review by Thompson et al. (2019) demonstrated that hypnotic interventions resulted in reduced medication consumption. Therefore suggesting that hypnosis could potentially reducing the reliance on pain medications and the associated side effects.