Research on Effects of HypnoBirthing on Labor & Delivery - Summaries by A. Fox
The following summarizes several articles on the use of hypnosis in the management and elimination of pain.
February 21, 2000,
the Boston Globe reports a study entitled "Gender, Genes Are Linked
to Pain Response. Studying pain at its most basic level, genes and
proteins, using computerized imaging of the brain in action these studies
reveal that methods such as hypnosis and distraction can be effective
pain reducers. During hypnosis, areas of the brain which are highly
active when focusing directly on pain were significantly dampened when
the person was distracted by a task.
This article also discussed gender and genetic differences in the receptivity to intermittent as well as chronic pain. (The Boston Globe, InteliHealth-On Line) Original article can be found on Intelihealth.
The New York Times, February 26, 1996 issued a report "Hypnosis Gains Credence As Influence on the Body - It Helps Control Pain, Fear and Habits." This article reports on the varied use of hypnosis to control and eliminate pain, from its use during routine dental work to the management of severe pain caused by cancer or treatments for cancer. The article also summarizes its use in the treatment of children with cancer.
Outcomes Using Hypnotic Analgesia and Skill Mastery Combined with Childbirth
Education. Theresa M. Harmon and Michael T. Hynan, University of
Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Timothy E. Tyre, Pain Clinic, Waukesha Memorial
Hospital Waukesha, Wisconsin.
is taught in Group & Individual sessions.