Title:  The neuroscience of pain and hypnos in the treatment of chronic pain and Phantom limb pain.  
Presenters: Gunnar Rosen
Venue: Audytorium Maximum - Small Hall / Aula Mała

Time: 20- 30 minute presentation during 5th pararell sesion- 14.06.2024 08:30-10:00
Language: EN


Pain is commonly defined as un unpleasant experience due to ongoing or threatening tissue damaging or described in those terms (Mersky), but what happens in the body and the brain, and how does our mind create the experience of pain in spite of the fact that there is no pain center in the brain, and even more astonishing when the painful part of our body is missing. This is a rather complex process due to medical examination, ethology, context, learning, genetics and personality. Now when bringing hypnosis into the picture where and how does it interact with the different underlying pain mechanisms? Today’s modern brain scanning with the fMRI and PET allow us to unravel different activities in the brain. We know that hypnosis can be a very powerful tool both in psychotherapy and in the treatment of pain. How can we use research and neuroscience to
learn more about making pain and hypnosis a more fruitful marriage to optimize treatment? This may be possible through a deeper understanding of activities in the brain-stem, mind–body interaction, and utilize treatment to fit the patient’s personal experience of pain. Contemporary research, clinical cases and vivid demonstrations are used to allow both for scientific understanding and clinical applications.