Research suggests that if we suffered from significant and protracted childhood trauma we will, as adults, have an increased susceptibility to suffering from headaches and migraines during our adult years.
Examples Of Research Studies Showing The Effectiveness Of Hypnosis For The Treatment Of Headaches:
1) A research study conducted by Olness compared the effectiveness of treating headache sufferers in three different ways:
Treatment Condition A: Participants in this group had their headaches treated with a medication called propranolol.
Treatment Condition B: Participants in this group were given placebos
Treatment Condition C: Participants in this condition were trained to use self-hypnosis to treat their headaches.
Those treated with hypnosis (treatment condition C) improved, on average, to a significantly greater degree than did those in both treatment conditions A (treated with propranolol) and B (given placebos).
2)Research conducted by Anderson was carried out by dividing the migraine sufferers who participated in the study into two treatment groups as shown below:
Treatment Condition A: Participants in this group had their migraines treated using hypnosis.
Treatment Condition B: Participants in this treatment group had their migraines treated with medication
Results: Participants in treatment group B, who had their migraines treated with hypnosis were found, when followed up a year later, to:
– have experienced a significantly greater reduction, on average, in the severity of their migraines compared to those treated with medication
– have experienced a significantly greater reduction, on average, in the number of migraines they suffered from in comparison to those treated with medication
Additionally, in the hypnosis treatment group, a significantly greater proportion of participants reported that they had stopped suffering from migraines altogether than did individuals in the group who were treated with medication.
What Types Of Hypnosis Are The Most Effective For The Treatment Of Headaches?
Aladdin, in 1998, conducted a meta-analysis of the research conducted on the effectiveness of hypnosis for reducing symptoms of headaches and migraines and concluded that the most effective hypnotic treatments were relaxation training and direct suggestion.
Types of headaches hypnosis can help to treat include chronic headaches, migraine headaches tension headaches.
David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE)
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