Effects of Self-Hypnosis Training & EMG Biofeedback Relaxation Training on Chronic Pain in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers from the University of Washington compared the effect of self hypnosis training and biofeedback relaxation based training on pain levels in sufferers of spinal cord injury (Jensen M, et al., 2009). 37 adults were included in the study that all had spinal cord injury and high levels of associated chronic pain. Participants were either assigned to 10 sessions of self hypnosis training or EMG biofeedback relaxation training. Participants in both groups reported significant reductions in pain levels including intensity, however, those assigned to the self hypnosis training group reported greater decreases in their respective pain scores. These reductions in pain levels were consistent at the three month follow up. Future studies should include a control group with no intervention to provide a more accurate picture on the significance of both treatments. However, as with many hypnosis and pain studies that go before this one, hypnosis is shown once again to help those that suffer from high levels of chronic pain.

References
Ian Wickramasekera II: Effects of self-hypnosis training and EMG biofeedback relaxation training on chronic pain in persons with spinal cord injury American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. Bloomingdale Oct 2009. 52:2; 158

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