Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Hypnotherapy Can Be Useful as Part of Pain Treatment Plan

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Hypnotherapy Can Be Useful as Part of Pain Treatment Plan

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Dear Doctor K: I am in near-constant pain because of arthritis. My doctor suggested that I try hypnotherapy. My first reaction was that it sounds like hokum, but now I'm wondering if it could help. What do you think?

Dear Reader: Hypnotherapy may in fact help with pain management. These days it is used to treat many mental and physical health problems.

Hypnotherapy turns your attention inward. A hypnotherapist helps you enter a trancelike state. In that state, your attention is highly focused, so you're more responsive to suggestions. With the guidance of a hypnotherapist, you can start to control or alter your thoughts, feelings and physical state. A hypnotic trance empowers you to activate neural circuits that are otherwise inactive. When activated, this circuitry can reduce pain, among other things. …

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