Please seek professional advice before considering Hypnotherapy.
It’s important to remember that we encounter pain for a reason. It’s a signal that something needs attention and shouldn’t be ignored. Seeking professional advice is where to begin and to establish if specialist help is needed. It’s only then that you should explore hypnotherapy as a method of pain management. The type of pain you have may just be temporary and will eventually subside after the natural healing process takes it course. Acute pain may be very intense initially but you know the pain is temporary and will end. However, if the pain you’re experiencing never seems to go away – or it sometimes goes away and then always keeps coming back, maybe even worse, for the rest of your life. You would then be experiencing ‘chronic pain’. So acute pain can be intense but we know it will end. Chronic pain has no prospect of ending.
Some of the effects of pain on the body:
- raised blood pressure
- increased breathing & heart rate
- muscle tension
- sleep problems
- changes in appetite
- heightened emotions
- stress & anxiety
If you experience pain on a regular basis, it’s important to consider chronic pain management. As tempting as it may be to lie in bed and not move, in most cases this only makes things worse. Inactivity can cause your body to stiffen up and over time you lose strength. This can then affect your sleep and mood.
If you are able to, try to stay as mobile as possible. Gentle exercise can actually work as a natural form of pain relief. Be sure to consult your doctor to find out which exercises you can do safely. Look for something that won’t put too much strain on your body such as, yoga, walking or swimming. Medications and painkillers can also form part of your chronic pain management plan. Your doctor should always advise this.
When Hypnosis can help
As you explore ways to minimise the affects of pain, considering the link between the body and mind is often overlooked as a safe and natural form of pain relief.
Stress & anxiety are well recognised as symptoms of chronic pain and can even aggravate the situation. Helping to reduce stress and to change the way you think and respond to pain can make a huge difference to how you perceive pain.
When you believe a pain will never go away, it captures and narrows your focus of attention. It demands all your time and can leave little thought for anything else. It can also place demands on your partner, friends and relatives, causing isolation, feelings of anger, anxiety and resentment.
It is through the natural hypnotic process that you can learn how to relax and to let go of distracting thoughts that help maintain a state of anxiety. Then, as relaxation deepens, you can experience the temporary loss of feeling and the benefits of dissociation that help to relieve pain.