Hypnosis has been used successfully in the treatment of all kinds of painful conditions, including headaches, cancer, burns, surgical procedures, dental conditions, irritable bowel syndrome, and many other conditions. Whether the pain is as a result from surgery, injury, illness or disease, hypnosis can be of benefit.
People suffering from acute or chronic pain can get substantial pain relief from hypnosis.
To reduce the discomfort to a manageable level or even to eliminate it altogether is one of the most meaningful applications of clinical hypnosis which allows the person to become more comfortable and in control in the management of their own pain.
A person is capable of using his or her mind to change the perception of the discomfort and this ability is amplified with hypnosis. With training, you can learn the techniques for creating analgesia or anaesthesia. Using and practicing these skills can help increased management and relief from pain.
The fact that pain levels can be altered through hypnosis does not indicate that the person’s suffering is psychogenic. Instead, it indicates that our experience of our bodies can be changed.
How Clinical Hypnosis can help
It is important to recognise that pain is a warning signal. It’s the body’s way of communicating that something has changed. Appropriate medical evaluation must be the first step before hypnosis is applied. Once pain has been diagnosed by a doctor then hypnotherapy can commence.
When we perceive pain, whether it be a painful emotional situation or a painful physical state, we tend to realise our expectation of pain. Therefore our perceptions of the discomfort and suffering are valuable in changing the pain sensations.
Physical pain is only the interpretation of the sensations of touch, pressure, temperature and disturbance. The interpretation is also based on our past experiences. Since our unconscious mind created this pain signal, it can alter it.
This is achieved through hypnosis, creating anaesthesia in the hand or leg and transferring that feeling to the area of pain together with suggestions for the change of sensation of the symptom.
Where physiological pain is caused by stress or trauma, then the underlying psychosomatic cause is also dealt with by using therapeutic suggestions or EMDR.
Psychological pain is caused by the how we think and what we think. To remove this pain, complete relaxation is achieved followed by therapeutic suggestions. Any initial seeding events and all associated events are desensitised.
What is pain?
Although pain is something we all experience at some stage in our lives, it can vary greatly from a minor experience to complete loss of independence. How we respond to the discomfort can be managed by hypnotherapy. Hypnosis has been well proven and documented to be an effective tool in the management of pain and pain perception.
Pain management is about changing what happens between reception and perception and hypnosis can bring about the perceptual and sensory changes to help alleviate the discomfort being experienced.
Psychological factors play a major role in the way an individual will tolerate, describe and cope with pain. It can often lead to anxiety and the two may become inseparable.
Psychological factors that can influence our experience of pain (and lower the threshold) are:
- Interpretation – how the pain is perceived
- Low Mood – the person may be unhappy or depressed and worried about the pain and their lack of ability to control it. There can be frustration in the way that the pain limits them and the possibility of having no medical solution available to them.
- Learning – past encounters with pain can influence how we respond to that pain in the future.
- Thoughts – worries about what the pain represents – whether it means illness or injury – and the emotional effect it has on their lives
- Belief – the future holds any further pain, losses or remoteness
What causes pain?
A series of peripheral nerves send messages through the nervous system to the brain to register an injury, for example. The brain then sends a down a danger signal to that area of the body in the way of pain so that we are prompted to take the necessary action.
When the message reaches the brain, it is divided into 2 components. The first component gives information such as to the location of the pain and its sensory quality. Is the pain sharp, throbbing, burning, stinging. The second component gives information as to how much the pain bothers the sufferer.
If you are suffering with pain, it is important that you see your GP first, before having hypnotherapy.
Here is an article on lifestyle changes to help reduce pain
Louise Nonweiler (Dip Hyp DNLP GQHP GHRreg Dip Psych Dip. Mindfulness IAHT)
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