The July 2008 issue of the European Journal of Pain details a study which examined hypnosis and pain management in patients suffering from fibromyalgia. Using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), the researchers compared two groups of fibromyalgia sufferers. One group was given suggestions for pain management without hypnotic induction, while the other group received the same suggestions after hypnotic induction. (Basically, one group was hypnotized, and the other wasn't.)

Researchers then took brain scans of each group, and asked each group about their levels of pain. Both groups reported less pain after suggestion, but those who had been hypnotized reported more feelings of personal control of their pain- they felt more empowered as far as being able to manage their pain levels. The brain scans in the hypnotized group showed greater activity compared to the non hypnotized group.

Based on this, the researchers concluded that hypnosis increases the effectiveness of fibromyalgia pain management. Hypnosis can be an important component for people who are looking for more effective methods for managing fibromyalgia pain.