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Am J Clin Hypn. 2013 Apr;55(4):325-42.

Focused suggestion with somatic anchoring technique: rapid self-hypnosis for pain management.

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New York University, Counseling & Wellness Services, 726 Broadway, Suite 471, New York, NY 10003, USA.


This article details a self-hypnosis technique designed to teach patients how to manage acute or chronic pain through directed focus. The focused suggestion with somatic anchoring technique has been used with various types of pain, including somatic pain (arthritis, post-injury pain from bone breaks, or muscle tears), visceral pain (related to irritable bowel disease), and neuropathic pain (related to multiple sclerosis). This technique combines cognitive restructuring and mindfulness meditation with indirect and direct suggestions during hypnosis. The case examples demonstrate how the focused suggestion with somatic anchoring technique is used with both acute and chronic pain conditions when use of long-term medication has been relatively ineffective.

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