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Hypnosis for Pain

The control of pain is the most widely recognized medical use for hypnosis. It is so effective that it can be used for anesthesia in the operating room.

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The use of the mind to deal with pain is particularly valuable in working with chronic pain.

We have seen great benefit in conditions such as cancer, fibromyalgia, neuromas, neuropathies, RSD, lower back trauma, arthritis, AIDS and comparable issues. The processes we use in our practice deal with many of the emotional issues that always accompany chronic pain, and this in turn can be instrumental in reducing discomfort.

From The Role of Hypnosis For Pain Management by Scott M. Fishman, MD

Many of Dr. Rockers patients ask him if hypnosis really works. This is because they have often seen it used for entertainment, in which people do silly things in front of others. He reminds his patients that medical hypnosis truly does work; studies have shown that nearly all patients with pain can benefit from hypnosis in some way. Dr. Rockers often cites a well-known study of 86 women with metastatic cancer; the women using self-hypnosis reported half as much pain as those who did not use hypnosis.

Hypnosis continues to play an important role in pain management in the 21st Century. It offers a rare window into the mind-body connection, revealing clues about the power and control the mind has to both increase pain, and reduce it. Hypnotism is an important piece of the mind-body puzzle, that allows one’s mind and state of consciousness the ability to take charge over the type of pain you are experiencing.


Although hypnotism may not be able to cure the underlying cause of pain, in most cases, it can help patients manage it.

I would like to express my gratitude to Patrick Bowe.

I’ve suffered with migraines for over 30 years, and since I’ve learned with Patrick he’s helped me to process the pain in a way that it doesn’t take control over me, but that I can take control over my life.

Now, I take way less medication for my migraines.

- Carolina J.

Healthy Woman
Providence Hypnosis Center

Helping  you and your loved ones overcome emotional discomfort.

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