Do you suffer from chronic pain?

What is pain?

Pain is an unpleasant experience. It is a message to the body that all is not well and that something is happening in your body. It may be something you have had for a while, something that comes and goes or is persistent. It could be chronic back pain, arthritis or nerve pain to name but a few. It is important to obtain appropriate medical advice regarding pain as it may be a warning of an illness that requires medical intervention.

Chronic Pain and Hypnotherapy

There are times when a diagnosis has been obtained yet pain still persists. This is known as chronic pain and may be interfering with your quality of life. It may be you are restricted from taking pain relieving medication or simply prefer not to resort to medication as there are often some very unpleasant side effects. If this is the case, there are only two real options open to you.

  1. You can choose to simply live with the pain or
  2. Seek out a qualified hypnotherapist who may be able help you to relieve some of your pain.

It is not advisable to totally take away the pain as it is important to know the condition still exists.

Pain may be significantly reduced and managed through hypnosis*.

How Hypnotherapy works for Pain Management

There are 2 stages to the treatment of pain with Hypnotherapy. The first is the therapy. This is where your pain is explored; when and why it started, what has been done so far, what has been effective and what has aggravated your condition.  We also look at times when you were pain free and how that felt at the time.

The second stage is the hypnosis.  Here you are put into a relaxed state in order to work with the subconscious mind to achieve results. The subconscious mind is the gatekeeper for those deeper, more automatic processes which occur in the mind and the body.  By accessing the subconscious mind, it is possible to control and moderate processes or feelings occurring in the body to reduce pain and symptoms*.

Research

The last 20 years has seen an increase in research around pain management and hypnotherapy with some interesting results, indicating that hypnotherapy is effective in the management of pain. Using 18 studies to draw conclusions on the effectiveness of hypnotherapy for pain management it was found hypnotherapy:

“revealed a moderate to large hypno-analgesic effect, supporting the efficacy of hypnotic techniques for pain management. The results also indicated that hypnotic suggestion was equally effective in reducing both clinical and experimental pain. The overall results suggest broader application of hypno-analgesic techniques with pain patients for pain management.”

(Montgomery, Duhamel, Redd 2000)

* DISCLAIMER  Even though I have a high success rate with my clients, success cannot be 100% guaranteed as results can vary from individual to individual.