Hypnosis and biofeedback

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Hypnosis consists partly of deep relaxation techniques and partly of guided imagery. It can be an effective way to manage pain, reduce tension and improve your confidence in your ability to achieve your goals. It can also help you achieve more focused attention.

In the hands of a skilled therapist, hypnosis can help someone change how they experience pain either through suggestions from the therapist or from their unconscious mind, provided that the suggestions are in line with your beliefs and expectations. Hypnosis does not involve controlling your mind or forcing you to do things you would not normally be prepared to do.

Learning how to practise hypnosis

Hypnosis is a technique that should only be learned from a professional who has been properly trained to use this technique.

Ask your doctor for advice on where to find a qualified professional who can provide hypnosis techniques.

What is biofeedback and how can it help?

Biofeedback is a technique that teaches a person to focus on processes in their body that they are not usually aware of, such as their skin temperature or heart rate, and then control them.

During a biofeedback session, a person is connected to a machine that gathers and presents information (feedback) about your body (bio). This feedback can help you focus on making subtle changes in your body to reduce pain and help you have more control over your body. For example, it’s possible to learn to slow down your heart if it is beating fast or to cool down or warm up your skin.

Biofeedback is a concrete way of seeing how much control you have over your body. This can help increase your confidence in other pain-reduction techniques that you might try.

It should first be learned from a trained professional and often uses complicated equipment, but, with time, you can begin to apply the techniques in real-life situations on your own. For example, some forms of biofeedback use very simple equipment such as temperature-sensitive “sticky dots” that change colour with temperature. You can easily search for and buy these online and use them at home.​​​

Last updated: May 2nd 2016