Hypnotherapy for Pain Management

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Helping You Manage Your Pain

Do You Suffer from Physical Pain?

Physical pain is caused by certain messages being sent to the nervous system and can have many different causes. This is what happens when people usually say that something hurts on their body and can manifest itself in many ways such as

  • back pain
  • arthritis
  • headaches
  • stress injuries
  • muscle pain
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • nerve pain

This physical pain can be described as aching, burning sensations, throbbing or sharp. It can also be acute where it appears for only a short period of time or chronic when the pain carries on for months.

If you are experiencing pain we always advise you to seek medical help so that your GP can investigate the causes and treatment of any underlying issues. This might mean medications, physical therapies, or surgery are required. Whereas hypnotherapy will also help you to cope with the pain and give you extra relief.

How the Mind Impacts the Bodies’ Wellbeing

The term psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) was coined by Rober Ader and Nicholas Cohen in 1975 at the University of Rochester, New York but interest in the interaction between the mind and the bodies’ immune systems can be traced back to the mid 1800s.

PNI is described as:

The interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body.

Studies within this field look at how our thoughts and emotions influence our immune systems and vice versa. There is a large body of published evidence that documents how states of the mind such as anxiety and depression affects the functioning of immune cells.

Recent research on health and happiness has shown:

  • People who score high on psychological tests assessing happiness, produce about 50% more antibodies than the average person in response to flu vaccines
  • Individuals that test high on scales for happiness, optimism and contentment have reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension and infections
  • Researchers found that subjects who practiced acts of happiness and gratitude had raised energy levels, improved physical health and experienced less fatigue and pain
  • One important study found that optimistic individuals reduced their risk of death by 50% over the nine year period of the study

    How Hypnotherapy Can Help

    While you should never completely eliminate pain itself (pain is a manifestation of an issue and it is important to know if the issue still occurs – unless in the short term) hypnotherapy can help cope with the pain.

    As you can see from the above there is a distinct link between the mind and the bodies immune systems which can be used by hypnotherapists to help with pain management.

    Some of the treatments which can help are relaxation techniques and stress management techniques. A hypnotherapist can also use dissociative interventions which helps focus the mind away from the pain, positive visualisations which are associated with comfort, altering the degree of pain and glove anaesthesia to remove the pain for a short period of time.


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