Relief From Pain

Research has linked hypnosis to pain relief, and recent studies suggest how this mind-body approach works to reduce pain. While undergoing MRI scans when patients were hypnotized prior to being touched with heat stimulus, as well as when the patients were not hypnotized, researchers found that hypnosis was successful in significantly reducing or eliminating pain in all 12 volunteers. Even more impressive was that the MRI scans showed that under hypnosis, activity was reduced in the areas of the brain responsible for pain perception. Research further suggests that hypnosis somehow blocks pain signals in the body from getting to the parts of the brain that perceive pain. (Regional Anesthesia and pain Medicine, November-December 2004)

After a full evaluation from your physician for the treatment of chronic pain conditions such as Migraine Headaches, Back Pain, Fibromyalgia, TMJ, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and many others, hypnosis is often recommended for additional treatment of the symptoms that interfere with daily activity. Jolene works closely with several Pain physicians to help improve your lifestyle and reduce your pain.

The release of endorphin (200 times stronger than morphine) as well as the muscle relaxation achieved during hypnosis can help to alleviate and even eliminate pain from chronic conditions. Jolene is uniquely qualified to help you manage your chronic pain condition not only as a chronic pain patient herself, but receiving her hypnosis training over a 12 year period at LDS Hospital Pain Clinic.

At the completion of hypnosis therapy (usually 6-8 sessions), you will receive audio recordings of each session to help reinforce the relaxation habit and release endorphin daily. You will further receive training during group classes to teach you the process of self-hypnosis so you can continue to manage your condition over time. You might also like to research further Hypnosis and Pain Management studies:

  1. Regional Anesthesia and pain Medicine, Vol 29, No. 6 (November-December), 2004: pp 549-556
  2. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 53(2): 198-228, 2005
  3. Journal of Anesthesia and Analgesia: June 2002, Pain Control with hypnosis and Rapid Recovery
  4. Digestive Diseases and Sciences, Vol 47, No. 11 (November 2002)
  5. Prevention/ The Healing Power of Hypnosis
  6. Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management and Medical uses of Hypnosis
  7. Pain Management Health Center (WebMD website)

A surprise medical solution: hypnosis

The Wall Street Journal interviews UW Medicine gastroenterologist

According to The Wall Street Journal, medical centers are increasinglly using hypnosis to treat digestive conditions like acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis.

Most professionals who conduct hypnotherapy treatments are psychologists. Shoba Krishnamurthy, a gastroenterologist at the University of Washington, got training and decided to incorporate it into her practice about three years ago.

“It’s mostly for patients who have had a work-up but we haven’t found anything abnormal in tests, so there is not a specific abnormality to treat,” she says.

Studies have shown hypnotherapy is effective reducing symptoms associated with gastrointestinal disorders. Insurance companies usually cover the treatments. The body of evidence is strongest for IBS, but a 2013 study found hypnotherapy was effective at prolonging remission in colitis patients. And a 2016 pilot study found patients with functional heartburn reported fewer symptoms.

The treatment usually consists of about seven sessions over three months, with home practice in between. Studies have found the effects can last more than a year and work in more than half of patients.

Experts theorize that hypnotherapy works because many gastrointestinal disorders are affected by a faulty connection between the brain and the gut, or digestive tract. The gut and brain are in constant communication. When something disrupts that communication, the brain misinterprets normal signals, which can cause the body to become hypersensitive to stimuli detected by nerves in the gut, causing pain. Experts believe hypnosis shifts the brain’s attention away from those stimuli by providing healthy suggestions about what’s going on in the gut.

For further information about Pain Relief and the use of Hypnosis or to schedule an appointment, please call Jolene for a phone or in office appointment at 801-942-6175 or email

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**Multiple hypnosis sessions may be needed to obtain your goals with hypnosis. Call to schedule an individual session, customized to your unique needs. Hypnosis is never a replacement for regular medical treatment. Hypnosis is often best used in conjunction with other wellness processes to achieve your desired results and outcomes. Please never listen to your download while driving or operating mechanical equipment.**

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