Long before there were painkillers and anaesthetics, hypnotherapy was effectively used to help manage & eliminate pain and even to conduct major surgery. 

In the 1840’s, Dr James Esdaile performed thousands of surgical operations, using hypnosis to induce mental anaesthesia. He noted patients didn’t experience any pain during the procedure and mortality rate after surgery was only 2%. Since then, there has been further research and evidence to support the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in treating acute, as well as chronic, pain. Childbirth and dental work often use hypnosis to create anaesthesia instead of drugs.

The body has the ability to produce its own painkillers called endorphins and encephalins, which act in similar ways to morphine. The key to increasing these in the body is through the creation of a completely relaxed mind and body. The state of deep relaxation as experienced in hypnosis accelerates the body’s natural healing abilities, relieves stress & tension, leading to greater comfort and ease.

Our thoughts are very powerful and they can influence your pain levels both positively and negatively. A positive mindset is beneficial for the process of healing. It is entirely possible for you to take control of the physical sensations in your body. And when you actively take responsibility for your own healing, and you start to harness your inner resources, it leads to a better quality of life because you can cope better.

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Chronic v. Acute

There are two different types of pain – acute and chronic pain.

Acute pain (or short-term pain) is usually a result of an accident or temporary illness. In this case, your doctor will make a diagnosis and suggest ways to manage the pain (for example, pain killers).

Chronic, or long-term pain is often more complicated. The pain may be a result of a medical condition, or there may not be any obvious cause. 

When acute pain shifts to chronic pain, it can cause marked changes in brain activity and the way the brain works which affects a person’s mental & cognitive abilities. Ongoing chronic pain can also result in a raised level of stress, anxiety, low mood, and depression.

If you are experiencing pain, you are always advised to see your doctor first & foremost. They will be able to investigate to find out what is causing it and how best to treat it.

Your Pain Management Plan

If you experience pain on a regular basis, it’s important to consider how to manage your pain. As tempting as it may be to lie in bed and not move, in most cases this only makes things worse because inactivity can cause your body to stiffen up and over time you will lose strength. This can then affect your sleep and mood.

Sometimes just getting up and being active is enough to help, but gentle exercise such as swimming, yoga and walking, can also help as it is a natural form of pain relief. And for others, more rigorous physical therapy is required.

Whilst painkillers can be a helpful part of your pain management plan, there are usually detrimental side effects, and even addiction when used for the long term.

Hypnotherapy is a natural therapy that can be easily added to your pain management plan because it has no side effects and is 100% safe. Hypnosis uses deep relaxation and the power of suggestion to harness the mind-body connection for positive effect – to facilitate healing and remove discomfort.

The fact that research has found that most pain is “in your head”, means that it is possible to turn off the pain signals in the mind and minimise the physical sensation of pain in your body … and this can be done using hypnosis. 

Hypnotherapy also has the ability to create “numbness” (aka hypnoanaesthesia) in general or in specific areas of the body, hence why it is often used during childbirth, dental work and minor surgery.

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Common painful conditions that can be positively influenced by hypnosis include:

Arthritis causes inflammation and stiffening of the joints, which can affect daily life depending on the severity.

Cancer causes pain either due to the tumours themselves, or the cancer treatment, which can affect daily life depending on the severity of the condition.

Cluster headaches cause sudden, sharp pain in the head and can last anything from 15 minutes to three hours, and often can last for days.

Migraines are a particularly painful form of headache that can cause vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) typically develops after an injury and the pain afterwards is ongoing and tends to be disproportionate to the original injury.

Endometriosis occurs when cells like those found in the womb are found in other parts of the body. For some, the condition is painless but for the majority it involves chronic severe pain.

Fibromyalgia symptoms include widespread aches with muscles feeling stiff and the cause is still yet unknown.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that affects the brain, nerves and spinal cord. Around half of those with MS will experience pain. This can either be due to pressure on muscles/joints or where damaged nerve fibres cause a burning/stabbing sensation.

Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is irritated by the back, which can cause leg aches and pain too. Other forms of back pain can be caused by prior injury or muscle overuse.

Hypnosis for Pain Relief & Management

Therapies, such as Hypnosis, 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, I as your hypnotherapist can make suggestions to encourage pain relief. I can also teach you self hypnosis techniques so that you can help yourself 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.

Hypnosis for pain relief refocuses your mind away from the pain and onto something more pleasant. 

The number of sessions you’ll need will depend on your individual circumstances, however hypnosis for pain usually lasts between four and 10 sessions. I also make recordings for you to use at home so you can continue to employ hypnosis techniques away from our sessions.

The nature of hypnotherapy means it doesn’t work for everybody – however 95% DO find it effective as part of their chronic pain management plan. Also it is a natural therapy with no side effects, so there is no harm in giving it a try!

To Book some Pain Management Sessions with Me, or to Schedule a Taster Session, go to http://wisewomanwellness.appointedd.com