Hypnosis Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain

Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2010 Jan;58(1):53-68. doi: 10.1080/00207140903310824.

Abstract

Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is a significant healthcare problem, and many individuals with CLBP remain unresponsive to available interventions. Previous research suggests that hypnosis is effective for many chronic pain conditions; however, data to support its efficacy for CLBP are outdated and have been limited primarily to case studies. This pilot study indicated that a brief, 4-session standardized self-hypnosis protocol, combined with psycho-education, significantly and substantially reduced pain intensity and pain interference. Significant session-to-session improvements were also noted on pain ratings and mood states; however, follow-up data suggest that these benefits may not have been maintained across time in this sample. These findings need to be replicated and confirmed in a larger clinical trial, which could also assess the long-term effects of this treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis / methods*
  • Low Back Pain / diagnosis
  • Low Back Pain / therapy*
  • Middle Aged
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Treatment Outcome