Hypnosis and HypnoAnesthesia for Pain Management – Hypnosis for Back Pain
Hypnosis for Back Pain
Ron Eslinger, RN, CRNA, APN, MA, BCH, CMI, OOB, FNGH
Adding hypnosis for pain as a specialty
Why you should add hypnosis for chronic pain to your Hypnosis Capabilities. More people smoke and more people are overweight, however, no group is as motivated as this patient type to make a change. Over 100 million people suffer from chronic pain and back pain is the number one chronic pain problem.1 Back injuries are considered the nation’s number one workplace safety problem. Back injuries are often very painful, long term and cause lifetime disabilities. Six and a half billion dollars are spent annually on workman’s compensation claims for back pain. Although treatment of back pain is expensive, diagnosis can be just as pricey. It is estimated that an employee with a back injury costs his or her company $64,000. Initial treatment is to prescribe an NSAID, such as Ibuprofen, and bed rest. If the pain continues, the next step is to visit an Orthopedist or Neurologist. Costs increase from this point despite the reality that 1 in 10 back injuries actually benefits from surgery.
It is estimated that back pain will effect 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives.3 The table below shows that chronic pain effects four times more people than the next major medical type.4
|Condition||Number of Sufferers||Source|
|Chronic Pain||100 million Americans||Institute of Medicine of The National Academies|
|Diabetes||25.8 million Americans
(diagnosed and estimated undiagnosed)
|American Diabetes Association|
|Coronary Heart Disease
(heart attack and chest pain)
|16.3 million Americans
7.0 million Americans
|American Heart Association|
|Cancer||11.9 million Americans||American Cancer Society|
The cost of back pain
Back-pain sufferers in America cost this country more than $100 billion annually in medical bills, disability and lost productivity at work. And 80 percent of Americans will battle back pain at some point in their lives, making it the number two reason for doctor visits, after coughs and other respiratory infections, Newsweek reports.
Do an inventory of 1. Your books on hypnosis 2. List the books you have on pain management 3. List your DVDs, CDs and articles you have on hypnosis and pain management. Next, you have to read and understand them. There is a suggested reading list at http://healthyvisionshypnosis.com/resources/free-hypnosis-resources
Increase you hypnosis client experience. Practice hypnotizing as many people as you can. But, do not make this mistake. Don’t focus on the induction. Focus on the client and what is important to them. The client will always give you the information you need to prepare your treatment plan and suggestions. So even with family and friends have them fill out an intake sheet and schedule more than one session so you can get feedback on how they are doing.
- Medline Plus. Back Pain. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/backpain.html.