Hypnosis, virtual reality, meditation: three tools to tame your pain
HEALTH – The emotional component of pain is increasingly taken into account in its treatment. Many non-pharmacological approaches are thus taking an increasing place.
The current pharmacopoeia struggles to relieve all pain, and neglects their emotional component. “Chronic pain patients may have anxiety or depressive disorders. Pain invaded their lives, and became an obsession. It is therefore necessary to teach them to master it to live with it,” explains Professor Alain Eschalier, president of the Analgesa Institute. Many non-pharmacological approaches have therefore taken an important place in pain centers.
Hypnosis to ward off pain
Extricating oneself from one’s reality to wander through an imaginary world devoid of pain. This is what hypnoanalgesia allows, a complementary approach to pain medications. In practice, the caregiver guides the patient to the hypnotic state (defined as a modified state of consciousness) and helps him to understand his pain from a new angle. “During the sessions, we also teach the patient to acquire autohypnosis, says Dr. Edwige Rigal, anesthesiologist-resuscitator at the CHU Croix-Rousse.