hypnosis for pain management
Pain perception has two basic aspects: Initially, you feel something occurring - it is usually a sensation of heat, sharpness, or dull throbbing but can manifest in a great variety of ways. Often pain is useful. It is a warning that something is happening and that, for instance, we should move away from the fire or stop touching the hot pan! In such circumstances pain can be considered a personal body guard....although when the pain is ongoing it is not so welcome. After the initial recognition of the signal the pain is felt and the discomfort starts. The two aspects typically are experienced almost simultaneously.
They has been shown to be a direct correlation between back pain and anxiety and/or depression. The mind-body link is very real in these instances. This is why hypnosis is such a powerful tool for treating pain issues.
If you have any ongoing pain - it could be back ache, period pain, tooth ache, persistent headaches, migraines, joint pain, gastrointestinal pain, pain caused by recent surgery or a recent injury etc - then this is where hypnosis can help you. Hypnosis is a great way to reduce and manage your pain. We have had many clients who are now relatively or completely pain free.
Generally, for long term pain management we advise that you have around 5 sessions of hypnosis with a maintenance session every 6 weeks. We are confident that you will experience considerable relief from your pain after your first couple of hypnosis sessions.
Hypnosis is a relaxed state of attentive concentration that allows your conscious, critical mind to rest temporarily so that you can be receptive to positive thoughts that help you to feel more comfortable.
In this relaxed state of attentive concentration, you are helped to use your own imagination to change your experience in a way that is acceptable and desirable and pleasant for you. So, with hypnosis, you gain more control over the pain and gain more comfort.
Hypnosis is NOT sleep. When you are in hypnosis, you are awake and alert, but you feel deeply and pleasantly relaxed. And when you are deeply relaxed, you cannot feel uncomfortable.
Hypnosis is also an excellent focusing mechanism - helping you to focus away from discomfort and to re-focus on comfort.