Hypnotherapy for Chronic Pain
Pain has the vital purpose of self-preservation. If you burned your finger, signals would travel quickly from the source of the pain to the brain. The brain instinctively reacts by telling you to remove your hand fast and prevent further injury.
Sometimes the brain can register pain although there is no physical explanation for the pain itself such as amputees who still experience pain from the part of the body that has been amputated. This proves that the brain can interpret pain without there being a physical source, in other words pain can also be psychological.
One reason why hypnotherapy is so successful at pain management is to do with the way in which hypnotherapy can affect a person’s level of consciousness. There is a strong link between mind and body in pain perception. Our thoughts, actions, attitudes, beliefs, emotions and habits can influence and regulate how we process pain sensations, either to amplify them or reduce them.
Gate Control Theory of Pain
The way the body feels pain is quite complex. Inside your body is an intricate network of nerves which run from every part of you to your spinal cord. They carry messages of pain from various part of your body and deliver these messages to the spinal cord. The Gate Control Theory of Pain suggests that in the spinal cord, there are ‘gates’ which can be either open or closed and the more open they are, the more pain you feel.
Interestingly enough, the factors that cause the gates to open (and therefore make you experience more pain) are related to the way you think and feel. These factors are stress and tension, focused attention on the pain and inactivity, which can all cause the ‘gates’ in the spinal cord to open, which means that you feel more pain that usual.
How Hypnotherapy Can Help Manage Pain
If you are suffering from chronic pain or migraines, hypnotherapy can help you to reduce the amount of stress and anxiety you feel about the pain and teach you how to focus your attention so that the ‘gates’ will close.
With Hypnotherapy I can teach you how to keep any pain sensations outside your own consciousness and encourage the production of our own natural analgesics. We can retrain the brain to be less sensitive to pain signals. I will also teach you a specific pain control techniques to alter and minimise feelings of discomfort.
Before any treatment can begin when working with pain conditions, all clients must have consulted a medical practitioner for a complete diagnosis. Once that has been confirmed, we can proceed with hypnotherapy.