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You might want to contact Melissa Roth, Alabama Hypnotherapy. Her speciality is medical / clinical hypnosis and she has done quite a bit of work with pain victims.
Hrmn...I've only had one CRPS client, but what I used worked rather well. I simply used a fairly standard physical induction (I think I used the finger spreading test), and used a guided imagery with words such as "comfort" repeated throughout the session. During the imagery, she "received" an object that she would bring to mind as a symbol whenever she desired a dose of comfort, as a posthypnotic suggestion.
At each session, as with I do all of my pain clients, I had her rate her pain leverl (1-10) before and after the session. After a few successful sessions, I had her go through a few autoinductions with me for her to do daily that were similar in nature to the sessions we'd had.
Sessions also included, however, not just getting rid of the pain, but living a fulfilling, vibrant life even if pain is present.
While the former worked well, I think she got the most benefit from the latter.
Good question regarding frequency. The bulk of my practice is chronic pain, and I've only seen one person who was diagnosed with CRPS, so I'll agree with Michael regarding the rarity. Hrmnn....I wouldn't be too surprised to see the frequency of diagnosis vary based on geography and insurance reimbursement.
Very cool program idea...may have to check it out myself and see if I can pick up some fresh ideas!
I had Bi-lateral carpal tunnel release surgury 11 weeks ago and have now been diagnosed with CRPS. I am visiting a hypnotist who specialises in pain therapy next week. The consultant has so far prescribed Gabapentin, but this isn't working at all. I will let you know how i get on with my experience of hypnosis from the clients perspective if you are interested. I live in the UK by the way.
Well i have finally managed to find some time to come back to this site!
I thought i would give you an update. I had 4 sessions with my hypnotherapist and can't wait to go back for some more. After session one which was very much an introductory and information sharing one, followed by session two where we did time line therapy, we then tried some more direct pain therapy. We used two approaches, one was for me to conjure up the feeling in my mouth when i have had an injection at the dentist. Once i had the complete dull feeling in my mouth i then touched my lips with my fingers and then transferred the feeling through my hands. This took a couple of attempts to master. This worked extremely well and gave me a break from the pain for about 20 minutes. Unfortunately i have only been able to successfully repeat this process once on my own.
What has worked really well for me was the second approach using colour. I had to choose a colour that i wasn't very keen on and imagine that was the pain, then imagine the colour all over my fingers and hands and then drain the colour into my palm and tip my hand up and pour it away. I then chose my favourite colour and painted it all over my hands and relished the colour. This gave me back so much more flexibility immediately and left me feeling much more positive. This has worked very well for me and is easy for me to do in a short space of time by just closing my eyes.
Unfortunately the CRPS has now spread over a large extent of my body. Once finances allow, i will return to my Hypnotherapist for more help.
I have had 5 people with with RSD in the past 2 years. 2 children who healed fairly quickly (they were treated in the early stages). The adults have taken longer and really have had to work more consistently at healing. The 3 adults have made progress. One of the adults, just yesterday, is once again dating, smiling, off of prescription meds and looking forward to life.
These particular clients had emotional issues that were related to the injury or were going on before the injury. All of them needed those emotional issues to be released. Pain management skills were important but even more so, regaining a positive attitude was essential as well as daily stress management. Depression and anxiety need to be dealt with and we hypnotherapists can really help here. I had them listen to my hypnosis stress management CD every day or as often as possible. (that would vary indeed). I like to individualize healing images, as I feel whatever sparks their emotion image is the one to use.
Early intervention is better than late, as the RSD tends to spread and you can get severe muscle changes. During the atrophic stage, the skin becomes cool and shiny, increased muscle stiffness and weakness occur, and symptoms often spread to another limb. Skin, muscle, and bone atrophy are possible complications of RSD. The nerves also seem to get caught in a chronic pain loop if waiting too long.