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Hypnosis for pain relief can work in three phases. First is physical relaxation. When people are in pain, muscles tense and exacerbate the pain. Second is sensory alteration, or changing your perception of pain. Mentally you transform the pain into another sensation. Finally, there is distraction. You simply focus on sensations in some other part of your body, reducing the attention you're paying to the pain.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|