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 therapy in fibromyalgia, given its ease of use and low cost. Now, researchers from Chile, Mexico, and Ecuador sought to test whether administering audio-recorded interventions for self-hypnosis could reduce pain intensity and its interference with daily activities, as well as fatigue and symptoms of depression, in people with fibromyalgia. Conversely, the study also sought to determine if self-hypnosis could increase the sense of well-being among these patients. A total of 97 adults with fibromyalgia, with a mean age of 45, were randomly assigned either to receive hypnosis (48 participants) or to a control group (49 participants). The vast majority of participants — all but three — were women; one man received hypnosis and the other two men were in the control group. Notably, this disorder overwhelmingly affec
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