PAIN MANAGEMENT

Now that people are recognising that the mind and body are closely related the medical profession are increasingly recommending hypnotherapy to manage acute and chronic pain along with many other health problems.

 

We know that pain is generally categorised into two categories acute and chronic.

Acute pain tends to be sudden, sharp and is a warning signal to stop an activity. It is a response to danger, such as a burn or broken bone.

Chronic pain is persistent, experienced when the nervous system sends a stream of pain signals along nerve fibers in response to long term illness or issues. Chronic pain can be debilitating as the body learns to associate pain with certain actions or situations, therefore leading the sufferer to avoid such movements.

Long before the discovery of painkillers and anesthetics, hypnotherapy has effectively been used to eliminate pain and conduct major surgery. Hypno-anesthesia boosts the immune system whereas chemical anesthesia lowers it and blood loss increases. 

The body has the ability to produce its own painkillers called endorphins and encephalins, which are similar to morphine and heroine. The key to increasing these is a relaxed mind and body. Good quality relaxation accelerates the body’s natural healing abilities, relieves stress and tension, leading to greater comfort and ease. After all, yu cannot be anxious, tense and relaxed at the same time, therefore the latter is effective for controlling pain.

Hypnosis offers a natural treatment in pain management through reprogramming our subconscious response to perceived painful situations, altering the messages sent to our brain.

Through visualisation, we can teach the body to relax rather than tense up in situations you used to associate with pain and in doing so we send a message of calm to the brain, which helps reduce the severity of the response.

Hypnotherapy helps us desensitize the brain, gradually reducing the sensation of pain to the point that we no longer feel or experience the response at any significant level. In helping the brain process pain in a different way, we are able to improve our quality of life and begin to approach activities that used to be impossible due to the perceived threat of pain.

NOTE

If you suffer from any form of pain, it is important that you firstly seek medical advice to ascertain the root cause of your symptoms, ensuring no underlying health issues or illnesses. 

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