This is an interaction between a hypnotist and a person, to influence their perceptions, feelings, thinking and behaviour. This is done by asking the person to concentrate on ideas and images, and using suggestions and techniques to help bring about the intended effects. When you respond to these ‘’hypnotic’’ suggestions they appear to you as being effortlessness and involuntary. One can learn to go through the hypnotic process on their own (self-directed self-hypnosis) or through a recording or program (audio-taped self-hypnosis). The term hypnotherapy is often used when referring to Hypnosis. However, strictly speaking ‘’Hypnotherapy’’ isn’t an accurate term. The most helpful way to think of hypnosis is to think of it as a process (an interaction) that is applied in a specific context or situation. In terms of applying hypnosis in the management of chronic pain, hypnosis has been shown to be an effective tool in helping to not only decrease the pain sensation, but improve the distress and day-today functioning. Part of the therapist’s role is to teach self-hypnosis to manage chronic pain on an ongoing basis.

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