Self-Administered Hypnosis Eases Pain, Fatigue, Depression Over 6 Months

Self-Administered Hypnosis Eases Pain, Fatigue, Depression Over 6 Months
Hypnosis therapy over one month significantly lowers the intensity of pain and fatigue, as well as symptoms of depression, among people with fibromyalgia, a study showed. These benefits, which were maintained at a follow-up visit six months later, suggest that hypnosis could provide an effective and low-cost alternative to ease fibromyalgia symptoms, the scientists said. The study, "Hypnotic intervention in people with fibromyalgia: A randomized controlled trial," was published in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. Hypnosis has long been used in pain management, to teach personal skills and strategies for altering the perception of pain, with various studies demonstrating its effectiveness. The approach has been defined as working toward a special consciousness state in which greater attention leads to an increased ability to respond to suggestions. Self-administered hypnosis via audio recordings has been indicated as a complementary thera
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