Hypnotherapy for reflex sympathetic dystrophy.

  title={Hypnotherapy for reflex sympathetic dystrophy.},
  author={Michael J. Gainer},
  journal={The American journal of clinical hypnosis},
  volume={34 4},
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) is an unusual, debilitating, chronic pain syndrome thought to be the result of a continuous excessive discharge of regional sympathetic nerves. Supportive and stress-reduction psychotherapies are commonly recommended as adjunctive treatments. Biofeedback is a more direct symptomatic treatment. Although hypnotherapy is effective in altering sympathetic reflex and pain responses, there are no reports of its use for the treatment of RSD. This article reviews some… CONTINUE READING