I used to practice self hypnosis and I've started again today after a long gap of several years. It's good for reducing muscle spasm and makes me feel less anxious and a bit happier.
There seems to be lots of evidence about the use of hypnosis and pain management, but hypnosis is not used much in british medicine, except to stop smoking. I once saw a television programme where patients in China were having open heart surgery, wide awake using accupuncture instead of anesthetic, so that's how powerful the mind can be because they truely believed they wouldn't feel anything so they didn't.
Has anyone been to a clinical hypnotherapist and did it have any lasting impact on your pain? I wonder if it's worth seeing a therapist in addition to my self help.