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Differential effectiveness of psychological interventions for reducing osteoarthritis pain.

15 Aug

Differential effectiveness of psychological interventions for reducing osteoarthritis pain: a comparison of Erikson hypnosis and Jacobson relaxation.

A new randomized, controlled clinical trial from France investigated the effectiveness of 8-session Eriksonian hypnosis and 8-session Jacobsonian progressive relaxation for the reduction of osteoarthritis pain, using subjects with knee or hip pain. Patients were randomly assigned to one of the intervention groups or a control group. Overall, results demonstrated that the two experimental groups had a lower level of subjective pain than the control group, and that the level of subjective pain decreased with time. In addition, pain reduction occurred more rapidly for the hypnosis group. Results also showed that both hypnosis and relaxation are effective in reducing the amount of analgesic medication taken by participants.

Citation: Gay MC, Philippot P, Luminet O. Differential effectiveness of psychological interventions for reducing osteoarthritis pain: a comparison of Erikson hypnosis and Jacobson relaxation. European Journal of Pain 2002;6(1):1-16.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award