Hypnotherapy is a highly effective tool in your pain management toolkit. Together, you and I can use hypnotherapy to help you get rid of all unnecessary pain and discomfort, including psychological and emotional pain. The reason for your chronic pain needs to have been diagnosed by a qualified medical professional before seeing me for help. This is so we don’t treat or mask anything that needs medical treatment.
There are two parts to feeling pain
- First, the sensation – that there’s discomfort happening in a part of your body.
- Second, your reaction to this sensation – this is the ‘hurting’ part; the part that tells you about the discomfort.
Acute and chronic pain
Acute pain is useful, and important, as it warns your body that there is damage. For example, it tells you that your toe really, really blinking hurts after you stub it, but acute pain is only temporary.
Pain becomes chronic when it carries on unnecessarily, long after doing the job of giving you a warning and any physical problem has been treated medically. A bit of discomfort reminds you not to do too much or over exert yourself, but you don’t need the intense pain any more.
With hypnotherapy you still get that reminder not to overdo things, but the pain is less intense and uncomfortable. Hypnosis is a relaxed state that lets your conscious, critical mind rest for a while, so you are receptive to positive thoughts to help you feel more comfortable.
When you are in this relaxed state, I help you use your imagination to change the experience so it’s acceptable and pleasant for you. You will have more control over the pain and become more comfortable.
As I explain in ‘What is hypnotherapy?’, hypnosis is not sleep. You are awake and alert but feel deeply and pleasantly relaxed. When you are deeply relaxed, you are comfortable. It’s also a brilliant mechanism for focus, helping you re-focus on more comfortable feelings and taking focus away from discomfort.
Hypnosis works in many ways for pain management:
- When you are deeply relaxed, you can’t be uncomfortable, they are the opposite of each other.
- You can filter out the uncomfortable sensations and tune into comfortable ones.
- The emotional impact of the discomfort reduces as you won’t be angry, scared or anxious.
- Your imagination is working and powerful, remember that hypnosis is a brilliant mechanism for focusing! Your subconscious is responsive to positive suggestions and it happens without you needing to do anything – apart from relax deeply.
- I can also give your subconscious the tools it needs to help you learn to do this when you are not with me. We can discover through self-hypnosis and relaxation what works best for you.
Please contact me if you want to know more about getting help with your pain management.
You can also visit the NHS website – 10 ways to reduce pain for more information on pain management, including using hypnotherapy.