Hypnotherapy for Pain Relief and Management
Dr David Postlethwaite all Issues helped with just 1 session, 30+ years’ experience
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Hypnotherapy for pain relief, chronic pain is a
complicated issue that can be difficult for established medicine to treat. Sometimes, a range of varying approaches are needed to help reduce pain, improve a sufferer’s independence and help them to cope with the psychological impact. Here I will look at chronic pain management and, how hypnotherapy for pain relief can help.
Hypnotherapy for pain relief – what is chronic pain?
Medical science tells us that there are two different types of pain – acute and chronic pain. Acute pain (sometimes called short-term pain) is often the result of an accident or short-term illness. In this instance, your GP may make a diagnosis and suggest ways to manage the pain (most often pain killers). However chronic, sometimes referred to as long-term pain is usually more complex. The pain may be a result of a long-term medical condition, or perhaps there may not be any immediately diagnosable cause. But this doesn’t mean the pain isn’t real, it just makes treatment that much more difficult.
If you are experiencing pain, I would always advise my client in the first instance to see their doctor. They will hopefully investigate thoroughly to find out what is causing it and the best options to treat it. A growing number of medical practitioners will suggest hypnotherapy for pain relief as way of managing their patients pain. Some illnesses and conditions are renowned for causing pain including the following:
Arthritis is a painful and disabling condition that causes inflammation and stiffening of the joints. Depending on the severity, the pain can be mild or severe, making day-to-day life difficult.
Unfortunately, most people who have cancer will experience pain. This may be because of the tumours themselves, or the actual treatment used to combat the cancer. The level and severity of the pain will be determined by the persons own circumstances.
Cluster headaches and migraines
Cluster headaches cause sudden, sharp pains in the patients’ head and can last anything from minutes to many hours. As their name implies, the headaches tend to come in clusters, resulting in the sufferer experiencing a great deal of pain.
Migraines are an extremely painful form of a headache they can result in vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. If someone suffers with migraines on a regular basis, their doctor may prescribe medication, or more enlightened practitioner may suggest the benefits of hypnotherapy for pain relief.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
This condition usually occurs after an injury has happened. The ongoing and sustained pain follows the injury and tends to be disproportionate to the actual injury again this can be often managed with hypnotherapy for pain relief.
This gynaecological condition occurs when cells similar to those found normally in the womb are present in other parts of the body. For the fortunate few, the condition is painless. The unfortunate majority however experience severe pelvic pain coupled with severe period pain and pain during/after sex.
The cause of fibromyalgia are still largely misunderstood and unknown. It presents as widespread aches with muscles feeling stiff. Painkillers, physical therapy and relaxation therapies such as hypnotherapy for pain relief are normally advised.
Multiple sclerosis (MS)
MS is a condition that adversely affects the brain, nerves and spinal cord. Many those with MS will experience disabling levels of pain. This can either be musculoskeletal due to pressure on muscles/joints or neuropathic, where damaged nerve fibres cause a burning/stabbing sensation.
Sciatica and back pain
Sciatica is seen when the sciatic nerve is irritated by the back (this can happen after a slipped disc). This manifests itself as an ache down the leg. Other forms of back pain can be caused by previous injury or strain of the muscles.
If someone experience pain on a regular basis, it’s important to consider how to manage their pain. It may be tempting to lie in bed and not move, in the majority of cases this would makes things worse. Inactivity can make their body stiffen up and over a period they will lose strength. This in turn can then affect their sleep and emotional well-being. If they can, they should try to stay as active as possible. Gentle exercise can stimulate a natural form of pain relief. In all cases make sure the person consults their doctor to find out which exercises they can do safely. Look for something that won’t put too much strain on their body such as: walking yoga or swimming.Sometimes just getting up an d being active is enough. They should listen to their body and don’t overexert themselves. The majority people suffering with chronic conditions require some form of physical therapy. This will be carried out by medical professionals as part of their treatment regime . Physical therapy will involve stretching exercises, manipulation and other pain relief exercise.
Painkillers often form part of a chronic pain management plan. A doctor should always advise on this. Painkillers can be effective; however, it is important to use them safely as they can have some scary side effects. Another important aspect of pain management involves looking at the link between the body and mind.
Hypnotherapy for pain relief
Hypnosis for pain relief often recommended for those dealing with long-term pain. Stress and anxiety are commonly associated with pain and can even make the pain feel worse. The way the mind responds to pain also has a bearing on the perception of physical pain. Therefore methods such as hypnotherapy for pain relief can Help to reduce stress and change the emotional patterns related to pain this can therefore have a positive benefit to pain perception. For this, many opt for hypnotherapy for pain relief..
When my client is under hypnosis I encourage them to focus on relaxation and letting go of distracting thoughts. This has the effect of temporarily tuning out the conscious part of their mind, opening them up to the power of suggestion. At this point, I will make suggestions to encourage pain relief. I will also give post-hypnotic suggestions, allowing them to carry out self-hypnosis after the end of your sessions. I certainly won’t try convincing my client that your pain doesn’t exist, hypnosis for pain aims to manage the fear and emotional anxiety they may have relating to their pain. It also helps to reduce stress, anxiety and so doing relax the nervous system to help it become less reactive to pain. I will use hypnosis for pain relief also refocuses the mind away from the sensation of pain and onto something more pleasant. For example, I may ask my client to imagine that you’re somewhere nice, like a beach. Thinking about what the sea looks like, the warmth of the sun and the feeling of sand between their toes can help to distract them from their pain.
Some therapists, those with rather dubious qualifications may try and convince prospective clients that you are going to need multiple sessions, however this is a falsehood, I only need to see my client once. After your face to face session I will give you a recording for you to use at home so you can continue to use hypnosis. Hypnotherapy for pain relief will involve visualisations to help the subject decrease the intensity of the pain they feel. For example, IBS ‘gut-directed hypnotherapy’ involves using visualisations to calm the gut and digestive systems.
Hypnotherapy for pain relief
When someone is in pain their body will tense up. This exaggerates the pain sensation, continuing the cycle of stress, anxiety, fear, and pain. Hypnosis for pain relief can help to alleviate this. When my subject is relaxed mentally, their bodies follow.
Pain and mental health
If someone has to live with pain on a daily basis it can be incredibly difficult – both physically and emotionally. Having to cope with long-term conditions like this can lead to increased levels of anxiety insomnia and even depression.
If a person suffers from chronic pain, they may find they experience anxiety symptoms. They may worry about the feelings of pain and what it means, or they may anticipate pain. Suffering anxiety can increase the perception of pain as they become more stressed and focused on the pain. Hypnosis for pain deals this very issue. By helping the mind to react differently to the pain, anxiety levels subside.
When in pain the sufferer typically feels a great deal of negativity. They may think about how bad they’re feeling or wondering ‘why me?’. This type of thinking may lead to depression. This mental health condition affects quality of life and can become very serious.
When a person is in physical pain, relaxing and falling asleep can become extremely difficult. In some cases, it can lead to sleeplessness or insomnia. Sleep is important as it gives our minds and bodies time to recover from the day – something that is often especially important to those with chronic pain conditions.
When choosing a hypnotherapist it is very important that you find a reputable and qualified therapist who is a member of and governed by the ethics ad standards of the International Hypnotherapy Association.
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