Perhaps one of the most important areas of hypnotherapy practice today is in the field of pain management. It is important however to stress that before seeking help from a hypnotherapist you must first visit your GP to identify the causes of your pain.
The concept of pain is something that we can all understand. From the very moment we are born, pain is something that we experience on a fairly regular basis. Most people believe that pain is something that we have to live with.
Many chronic pain sufferers feel a sense of depression, lack of self worth, lack of confidence, a breakdown in relationships, a sense of hopelessness and increasing social isolation may lead to many chronic pain sufferers turning to complementary practitioners in a bid to ease their pain.
Therapies that address the mind-body link are often recommended for those dealing with long-term pain. Stress and anxiety are common side effects of pain and can even make the sensation feel worse. The way the mind responds to pain also links to the perception of physical sensations.
Helping to reduce stress and change the thought patterns related to pain can therefore make a huge difference to pain perception. For this, many opt for hypnotherapy.
When you are under hypnosis you focus on relaxation and letting go of distracting thoughts. This temporarily tunes out the conscious part of your mind, opening you up to the power of suggestion. At this point your hypnotherapist can make suggestions to encourage pain relief. Most hypnotherapists will also give post-hypnotic suggestions, allowing you to carry out self-hypnosis after your sessions end.
Rather than convincing you that your pain doesn’t exist, hypnosis for pain aims to manage any fear and anxiety you may have relating to your pain. It also helps to reduce stress and relax the nervous system to help it become less reactive to pain.