Hypnosis is a state with certain physiological attributes resembling sleep at a superficial level and it is marked by a functioning of the individual at a level of awareness other than an ordinary conscious state.
Hypnosis usually involves two or more people, namely, the subject(s) and the hypnotist. The process itself involves an interaction in which the subject responds to the suggestions of the hypnotist. These suggestions may involve but are not limited to carrying out several physical or mental activities repeatedly.
In some societies, hypnosis has been pushed aside as being an occult practice, but the modern day use of hypnosis has proved otherwise.
HOW DOES HYPNOSIS WORK?
As stated above, the series of mental or physical activities carried out repeatedly helps the subject to be in a mental state characterized by focused attention, suggestibility and vivid fantasies. This may lead to suggestions to the mental consciousness as regarding unbearable pains and other physical deficiencies.
HYPNOSIS IN PAIN MANAGEMENT
Hypnosis has various and diverse effects on particular individuals. Sometimes, this effect depends on the hypnotist. In some cases, subjects have reported to have complete amnesia, a sense of detachment, or extreme relaxation during the hypnotic state, while others may remain fully aware and even able to carry out conversations during the hypnotic state.
The hypnotic state that has to do with “a sense of detachment and extreme relaxation” has been very effective in the treatment of chronic pain conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis, treatment and reduction of pain during CHILD BIRTH, reduction of nausea and vomiting in CANCER and even in the reduction or total removal of pains during tooth extraction. In this instance the subject will feel no pain during the tooth extraction process.
Counting these positive effects of hypnosis, one can conclude that there is much to be gained by the process.