Arthritis is something known to most people, either through direct experience or knowing a family member or friend who suffers with it, and it can be highly debilitating through loss of mobility and function of joints as well as the pain involved.
My wife and me both have osteoarthritis so this was personally very interesting to read and research. As a result I am working on reducing my own pain and joint inflammation in order to improve the functioning of my hands (in particular both of my thumbs), knee and shoulder.
This paper was oriented to Rheumatoid Arthritis, however, pain and inflammation are constant across all forms of arthritis and my continued self application of hypnosis for this is relieving my pain symptoms and I have an improved mobility and functioning of my thumbs at present.
As always I welcome any comments and feedback from your personal experiences and any ways that you feel I may be able to help you.
Below is a link to a good presentation about arthritis:
Results: Results indicate that the hypnosis therapy produced more significant improvements in both the subjective and objective measurements, above relaxation and medication. Improvements were also found to be of clinical significance and became even more significant when patients practised the hypnosis regularly during the follow-up periods.
Notes: The present study aimed to assess the effectiveness of clinical hypnosis on the symptoms and disease activity of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Sixty-six RA patients participated in a controlled group design. Twenty six patients learnt the hypnosis intervention, 20 patients were in a relaxation control group and 20 patients were in a waiting-list control group. During hypnosis, patients developed individual visual imagery aimed at reducing the autoimmune activity underlying the RA and at reducing the symptoms of joint pain, swelling and stiffness. Subjective assessments of symptom severity and body and joint function, using standardised questionnaires and visual analogue scales, were obtained. Objective measures of disease activity via multiple blood samples during the therapy period and at the two follow-ups were also taken. These measurements were of erythrocyte sedimentation rate. C-reactive protein, haemoglobin and leukocyte total numbers.
Psychol Health. 2000 Nov;14(6):1089-104
By: J. R. Horton-Hausknecht, U. Mitzdorf, D. Melchart, Institute of Medical Psychology, Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Goethestr, 31, 80336, Munich, Germany