Hypnosuggestive Procedures in the Treatment of Clinical Pain

Implications for Theories of Hypnosis and Suggestive Therapy
  • Theodore X. Barber


The themes of this chapter are that (1) hypnosuggestive procedures can be effective in reducing pain and (2) these procedures should be incorporated into the armamentarium of all professionals who treat pain. I will first summarize representative studies that illustrate how hypnosuggestive procedures can be used and how effective they can be in the alleviation of surgical and postsurgical pain, back pain, headaches and migraine, cancer pain, burn pain, dental pain, and childbirth pain. Throughout this review, I will try to be directly helpful to health professionals by presenting verbatim examples of hypnosuggestive procedures that can be useful in treating acute and chronic pain.


Chronic Pain Psychosomatic Medicine Dental Pain Tension Headache Good Subject 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theodore X. Barber
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  1. 1.Department of Supportive ServicesCushing HospitalFraminghamUSA

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