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Hypnosis for pain management is not a newly invented therapy or clinical application, but in fact has been employed with great success for more than two centuries. The use of hypnosis as a tool for relieving pain is not experimental—it is in fact tried, true, and proven.

If you have chronic pain, finding a health-care professional who can effectively treat you and help you find relief can be a difficult and frustrating problem. Few physicians or other health-care professionals receive formal training in pain management. As a result, many health professionals reach a certain frustration level when they are presented with the problems of a patient with chronic pain, and as a result, they tend to shy away from treating such people.

Hypnotic pain control has few contra-indications. It can benefit anyone. It is backed by scientific research. However, clinical hypnosis practitioners need competent training and clinical experience to be capable of employing the appropriate hypnotic methods for clients with specific pain problems.

If you suffer from chronic pain, you have probably experienced the frustrations of going from one health-care professional to the next with the hope of finding pain relief, only to be disappointed in the end. Perhaps your exhaustive search for safe and effective treatments for your chronic pain led you to become dependent on pain killers that have harmful side effects including physical and psychological dependence and addiction.


If you’ve had pain for a long time that hasn’t responded to treatment, it’s natural to become disillusioned and expect nothing to work—let alone something mired in so many myths and misinformation such as hypnosis. Perhaps you have recently had the experience of leaving a doctor’s office feeling angry, anxious or demoralized after being told “you have to learn to live with your pain”. Perhaps we can help.

If you have been fighting with persistent pain for far too long without any significant pain relief, it may be time to try another way.


Pain medications have dangerous side effects. Most pharmaceuticals including pain medications have bad side effects. In fact, the two most widely used classes of pain medications carry serious risks. NSAIDs or Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs such as Ibuprofen and Aspirin can cause serious bleeding disorders and stomach damage. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage. And opioids are addictive and can cause respiratory failure and death!


With many chronic conditions such as chronic pain, most medicines are only effective up to a point in alleviating or controlling the symptoms of the underlying disease. In prescribing any medication, most physicians weigh the medication’s potential benefits against the risks of side effects and the magnitude of the medication’s most common side effects.

One of the benefits of using hypnosis to control pain is that there is no risk of negative side effects. Our therapists who use Pain Control Hypnosis teach patients with persistent pain techniques for relieving their physical pain.


Self-hypnosis meditation is not like a pharmaceutical drug, which is an external agent that is ingested or injected and modifies biochemical and physiological processes. Self-hypnosis is an internal or inner method for communicating with the unconscious or subconscious mind, which is the part of the mind that controls all the biochemical and physiological processes that keep us alive.

Because self-hypnosis meditation is an inner method of self-communication, it is safe; the unconscious mind will simply not accept suggestions that are consciously or subconsciously deemed harmful or unacceptable to you.

So, there is only a potential upside and no downside to using self-hypnosis to control and relieve persistent pain and discomfort!

You have nothing to lose by trying this approach. It is available in our practice.

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Pain Control Hypnosis is NOT a substitute for appropriate medical evaluation, treatment, and care. Clinical Hypnosis can serve as a powerful adjunctive and complementary method to your ongoing medical care. And if you have exhausted all medical options, Pain Control Hypnosis can provide a viable alternative.

Why hypnosis is a natural for pain relief

Hypnosis is a natural tool for helping you manage your pain, because pain comes on without effort, and hypnosis is effortless. Therefore it is time to stop trying to get pain relief and to begin getting pain relief. Hypnosis can help you . . .

  • distract yourself from your pain,
  • change the channel on your pain,
  • transform your pain,
  • disconnect from your pain,
  • reduce your pain,
  • relieve your suffering,
  • improve your functionality so you can do more of the things you want to do,
  • improve the quality of your life.


Dr. Bruce Eimer, our clinical psychologist practices Pain Control Hypnosis and has written a number of books on this form of therapy. If you are interested, they are listed here:

Eimer, B.N. (2008).  Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now! (Second Ed.). Bethel, CT: Crown House.

Eimer, B.N. & Freeman, A. (1998).  Pain Management Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide. New York: John Wiley.

Eimer, B.N. & Hunter, C. R. (2020).  Taming Chronic Pain: A mindful approach for bringing pain relief. Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.


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