Feasibility of Music and Hypnotic Suggestion to Manage Chronic Pain


The international Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis




The authors investigated the feasibility and possible effects of hypnotic suggestion and music for chronic pain. Ten people completed the 2-week intervention that consisted of daily listening to hypnotic suggestions combined with music. Averaged subjective pain intensity, pain bothersomeness, overall distress, anxiety, and depression decreased from baseline to endpoint. Participants rated pre- and postlistening pain intensity and pain bothersomeness decreased for each session. Information provided during end-of-study interviews indicated all participants were satisfied with treatment and felt they benefited from being in the study. Means and standard deviations are reported for outcome measures and a case study is provided. This preliminary study supports the use of a combined hypnotic suggestion and music intervention for chronic pain.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Anxiety; Chronic Pain; Depression; Distress; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Music in Combination with Other Techniques; Pain; Pain Management and Control; Pain Score or Rating; Pain Severity; Patient Satisfaction; Recorded Music Listening; Self-Report Measures

Indexed Terms

Elderly; Anxiety; Chronic Pain; Depression; Feasibility Studies; Pain Measurement; Patient Satisfaction; Stress; Suggestion

Study Type

Quasi-Experimental Study; Quantitative Methods

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