The hypnotic trance is a state of heightened and focused concentration.
Hypnosis can be a useful adjunct in the management of cancer pain and pain associated with invasive procedures.
One third of cancer patients are not hypnotizable
and other approaches will be needed for them. Of those who are hypnotizable three principles underlie the use of hypnotherapy for pain:
- use self-hypnosis
- relax and do not fight the pain
- use a mental filter to ease the hurt in pain.
The main disadvantage of hypnotherapy for cancer patients is that it requires more attention capacity than many of them have.
In pediatric patients hypnosis and cognitive behavioral skills are effective in managing pain associated with invasive procedures.
Breitbart W, Payne D, Passik SD. Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, 3rd edition. London. Oxford University Press, 2005, page 432.