Hypnotherapy for pain

Pain management is one of the valuable and exciting applications of hypnotherapy. It may seem unlikely, but hypnosis can help to reduce and even eliminate the chronic and acute pain associated with a wide range of conditions. It offers a drug-free solution that empowers the individual whilst avoiding undesirable side effects.*

Hypnotherapy is currently being used to alleviate the pain associated with countless conditions and procedures. Whether relief is sought from the pain associated with cancer, childbirth, migraines or dental problems the results are speaking for themselves (see references below).*

Hypnosis for pain relief is not a new concept. In the 1840’s the British doctor John Elliotson pioneered the use of hypnosis for anaesthesia and pain control in surgery, conducting many successful operations, including amputations (James, 1975). There are well documented reports of his work together with that of his colleague James Esdaile who also conducted pain-free surgery on countless patients in India. Operations including amputations, tumor removal and mastectomies were all successfully conducted under hypnosis (Esdaile, 1846). However, despite the success of hypnotic anaesthesia, mainstream medicine went on to favour general anaesthesia in surgical operations and it is only in recent years that the value of hypnosis has been revisited.*

Over the last few years a number of well-controlled scientific experiments have validated the use of hypnosis for reducing sensitivity to pain. The technique known as hypo-analgesia has been associated with significant reductions in the level of pain experienced and a reduced need for analgesics or sedation in surgery. Patients have also reported a reduction in nausea and vomiting and have needed less time in hospitals to recover after procedures. As a result, surgeons and other health providers have reported much higher degrees of satisfaction from patients treated under hypnosis than with other patients (Patterson & Jensen, 2003).*

Hypnosis for pain relief is a tremendously empowering experience. It helps you access personal resources so that you can control and reduce your pain. Under hypnosis your subconscious mind becomes much more open to suggestions and it is in this “trance state” that changes can be made to the way your brain perceives pain. Scientists still don't fully understand what is exactly going on in the brain when this happens but regardless of the mechanism by which it works, more and more people are benefitting from this drug-free therapy.*     

Kate works with a range of conditions and will be able to advise whether she feels she can help with your current pain. Specifically Kate offers:

  • Clinical hypnosis for pain control
  • Hypnosis for back pain
  • Hypnosis for nerve pain
  • Hypnosis for chronic pain
  • Hypnosis for pain management

If you would like to discuss whether hypnosis can help you with pain please get in touch for a free initial phone consultation: 




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Kate helped me with my lower back pain. I was sceptical that hypnosis could help but it really made a difference.*
— H.S. (Horndean)
Hypnosis has a long history of being used for pain relief.

Hypnosis has a long history of being used for pain relief.


Esdaile, J., Mesmerism in India, and its Practical Application in Surgery and Medicine, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, (London), 1846.

Gonsalkorale, W.M., Miller, V., Afzal, A. Whorwell, P.J. (2003) Long term benefits of hypnotherapy for irritable bowel syndrome. Gut Vol. 52:1623-1629

James, C D (July 1975). "Mesmerism: a prelude to anaesthesia". Proc. R. Soc. Med.

Lynn, S. J., Kirsch, I., Barabasz, A., Cardeña, E., & Patterson, D. (2000). Hypnosis as an empirically supported clinical intervention: The state of the evidence and a look to the future. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Vol. 48, pp. 235-255.

Patterson, D. R., & Jensen, M. P. (2003). Hypnosis and clinical pain. Psychological Bulletin, Vol. 129, pp. 495-521.

Schneck, J M (April 1963). "John Elliotson, William Makepeace Thackeray, and Doctor Goodenough". The International journal of clinical and experimental hypnosis 11 (2): 122–30