Mayo Clinical Completed Pilot Study of Calmare Therapy

Recently Mayo Clinic conducted a trial / study on Calmare (scrambler therapy) for the treatment of chronic ‘Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy’ aka CIPN pain.  This was completed with cancer patients with chronic pain, chemotherapy – related pain of 4 or greater (on 0 – 10 scale) for at least 3 months or more. 

The patients that were accepted into the study had lower extremity pain only.

Some of the findings of the trial / ‘pilot study’:

Average reduction of pain: 53%

The findings from the Mayo Clinic were specific to what they called a ‘pilot study’.  The initial study/trial was completed with a small group and they are suggesting that more studies/trials are to be completed. 

Attached is a picture of a graphic outlining some of the outcomes of the current study/trial.

This is positive news it the continued treatment of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy that is effecting more and more cancer patients.


If you would like more information of treatment options for CIPN (chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy) please contact Traci Patterson at Advanced Pathway Hypnosis.

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Hypnosis and Pain Relief for Cancer

Cancer pain help through both hypnosis and self-hypnosis may be one of the greatest gifts you give yourself while undergoing treatment for cancer. The pain of cancer can be tremendous but the drugs and other treatments have their own side effects and mind numbing issues that aren’t always desirable.

Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis for Cancer?
Hypnosis offers you the ability to find relief from pain without the fog of pharmaceuticals. This small piece of normalcy in your life at this particular time is a blessing all its own. The question becomes: do the drugs prescribed to bring relief bother you enough to warrant the unknown that hypnosis represents to so many.

Managing Pain
Pain management is one of the trickiest issues to deal with among cancer patients. Some patients prefer to feel no pain at all. Others feel that as long as they are feeling some of the pain they know, without a doubt that they are still among the living. Either way cancer pain help that is delivered in a manner that allows the most quality of life possible is the best way by far to manage that pain.

Why Hypnosis?
One question that remains for many is why? Why would hypnosis work and why should it be trusted? Hypnosis has been around for a long time. It is only in recent years that people have begun to harness the true power of both hypnosis and self-hypnosis for pain management, and put it to work for all manner of self-improvement efforts.  Hypnosis for pain management has been proven to be effective for chronic pain and cancer pain through various studies at Stanford University, Yale, Harvard and in studies completed in London and Sweden.    

What Does Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis Have to do With Cancer Pain Help?
Pain management may seem like a bit of a leap but when you think about, it’s a logical next step. Pain rarely gets more critical or nearly as prolonged as the pain you will experience when going through with cancer. There have been studies done showing that hypnosis can help reduce cancer pain and chronic pain. Hypnosis is a case of mind over matter.  ‘There is no pain, until it gets to the brain.’  Utilizing areas of the brain through hypnosis to help reduce/control pain via suggestion, imagery, and bio-feedback.  This may be a simplistic explanation but ultimately that is what all hypnosis is.  Relief that can be felt is a worthy pursuit for all who suffer from cancer pain. Please keep in mind that the American Medical Association endorsed hypnosis for pain management in 1958 and the National Institute for Health (NIH) has also endorsed hypnosis.

More than Mere Pain Management
Cancer pain help through hypnosis doesn’t limit itself to physical pain. There are few times in your life when it is more important to handle emotional pain as well. Whether it is mending fencing, rebuilding bridges, or burning a few bridges along the way, life is too short to waste precious moments on pain. Hypnosis can be used to help you realize the battles that are worth hanging on to and those that you should have let go a long time ago. It can also be used to give you the strength to really let go and move on.

Beyond Cancer Pain Relief
Sometimes it takes cancer to remind you of the things that really are most important. Don’t let the need for cancer pain help rob you of your opportunity to enjoy them. If you haven’t taken the time to see what hypnosis and/or self-hypnosis can mean for you now is a great time to do so. Begin with cancer pain help and work your way up to healing all areas of your life and giving yourself the strength you need to face the pain of cancer and all the other living you have ahead of you.

If you would like more information on hypnosis for cancer pain or additional information on hypnosis for pain management please contact Traci Patterson at Advanced Pathways Hypnosis   |   714.717.6633   |   Website:

Clinical Hypnosis and Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness classified as a “Mood Disorder”, and effects about 4% of the population. Bipolar Disorder, also knows as Manic Depression, is categorized by extreme and intense mood swings; they can go from experiencing elevated feelings of euphoria or agitation with a high energy and erratic behavior, to experiencing severe bouts of polarizing depression.

Whether experiencing a manic “high” or a depressive “low”, those with Bipolar Disorder have a tendency to act impulsively and make decisions based on ideas about the future that aren’t rational or necessarily based within reality.  Such risky behavior can lead damaged relationships, damaged careers, and even suicidal tendencies if left untreated. It is a complex illness that requires a lot of attention to treat, however it is possible to cope with and manage if provided with the right treatment plan.

Although compliance from a person suffering from Bipolar Disorder may seem impossible if they are in the midst of a “high” or “low” episode, it is critical they always be committed to doing anything to remain in a healthy state of mind in order to minimize or completely avoid such episodes. This means figuring out the best balance of medications as well as having the right therapist they can trust.

The best treatment plan of action for someone with Bipolar Disorder is a consistent combination of counseling and prescription medications. It is also important they have a strong support system of either family or friends to hold them accountable for their behavior. For those who do adhere to their treatment regimen, Clinical Hypnosis is an excellent treatment option to compliment their foundational treatment plan.

Clinical Hypnosis allows one to be completely relaxed, body and mind. Clinical Hypnosis also functions based on the science of Neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to rearrange its neurological structure and ultimately alters how the brain interprets and responds to thoughts and feelings.

This process allows the brain to reinterpret how it receives and processes information, creating an avoidance response to destructive behavior and a pleasurable response to constructive behavior.

Hypnosis allows for the rational cognitive thought process to dominate over the emotional thought process within the brain, thus improving overall impulse control. Therefore, in the case of Bipolar Disorder, achieving this relaxed state allows for me to instill a stable way of thinking, thus making those emotional highs and lows less pronounced.

Typically, this would be the part where I would encourage anyone suffering from Bipolar Disorder to try Clinical Hypnosis, because it is a viable treatment option, but because this is such a complex disorder, it would be unethical for me to say that it would apply to “Anyone”.

Instead, I will say anyone who is already actively receiving formal medical treatment for this condition should consider adding Hypnosis to his or her treatment regiment. Clinical Hypnosis should NOT be the solitary form of treatment for someone suffering with Bipolar Disorder. However, Clinical Hypnosis is an excellent supplementary form of treatment.  

If you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and would like additional information on clinical hypnosis please contact Advanced Pathways Hypnosis.  Call today for a FREE consultation: 

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