Pain Management & Control

Why does hypnotherapy work so well at reducing physical suffering?

About 75% of pain is actually emotional. Pain is made up of the physical messages coming from the body as well as what you think and feel about the discomfort.

For example, if you’ve had long-term chronic discomfort, you may also have depression, anxiety, helplessness and anger, particularly if you have tried many treatments. These emotional responses to the discomfort significantly increase your experience of it.


Hypnotherapy is a safe, natural way for you to increase your pain threshold.

Hypnosis changes your experience of the discomfort.

Your hypnotherapy sessions may include:
  • Relaxation & stress reduction techniques
  • Substitution – learning how to numb and cool the area of your body where you are experiencing discomfort
  • Exploring emotional causes of the discomfort and working on healing in these areas
  • Learning to control your pain threshold with self-hypnosis

Hypnosis continues to show promise in reducing pain and soothing anxiety. 

~ American Psychological Association

In 169 patients, self-hypnosis was largely successful in alleviating chronic tension headaches.  ~ International Journal of Clinical Experimental Hypnosis, 2000

Hypnosis given during surgical radiology diminished patients’ discomfort and anxiety, shortened surgical time and reduced complications from the procedure. ~ Lancet, 2000

In a study of 16 subjects who normally experienced nausea and vomiting before and after chemotherapy, hypnosis alleviated prechemotherapy sickness in all of them. ~ Oncology, 2000

Hypnosis significantly improved immune response. ~ American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1995

Randomized controlled studies with clinical populations indicate that hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute procedural discomfort and chronic pain conditions. ~ Patterson DR, Jensen MP. Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle 98104, USA.

We admire the work of Dipti Tate at The Cotswold Practice so much that we’ve included two of her videos here for you (neither of these are advertisements). 

The first video shows Dipti having a root canal surgery without anesthetic. In the second, she tells us how she did it. 

Note: Pain serves an important function in alerting us to problems, and as such, we will not treat undiagnosed pain. You must be under the care of a medical practitioner for your pain before we will work with you in this area. We will not recommend medication reduction or provide a medical diagnosis.

DISCLAIMER: Our services do not constitute medical care, psychotherapy or psychological advice. The results described on this site, including testimonials, represent the ideal outcome and might not be achieved by every client. Your results will depend on your motivation to change, responsiveness to hypnosis, past history and other factors.