Hypnosis for Pain Management
Pain is a perception. Pain is an interpretation that stems from chemical signals. Your body feels pain because it serves a useful purpose. Pain is a signal from your body to your brain, telling it that something is wrong and causing it to take some sort of action to stop the pain and move away from possible danger. Sometimes, though, people suffer from chronic pain from an injury or from a disease like fibromyalgia, neuropathy or arthritis, then they are most likely stressed out and worried about how they are going to feel and how they are going to function on a day-to-day basis.
It doesn’t matter the cause of the pain, your thoughts, emotions, stress and perception can amplify or inhibit the discomfort.
In any of these cases, holistic therapies that address Mind Body link can often be found as a great form of relief. Integrating Energy Healing, NLP and Hypnosis techniques help to reduce stress and change the thought patterns related to pain can therefore make a huge difference to pain perception.
A visiting American pain expert says hypnosis can alleviate chronic pain and should be considered a mainstream therapy.
Professor Mark Jensen from the University of Washington says pain management for patients, particularly those with long-term illness, needs a considered and holistic approach.
The latest statistics show one in five Australians suffer from chronic pain.
Current approaches to treatment include hypnosis, cognitive behaviour therapy, distraction techniques and keeping active.
Hypnosis is a powerful tool that helps you take back control over your pain and your life by enabling you to change your thoughts and emotional responses to both your pain and to external factors. This will assist you to retrain neural pathways and calm down the over sensitized state of your central nervous system, helping you lay down new templates of response in the areas of the brain responsible for determining the pain experience.
With hypnosis you will be able to promote and experience the healthy effects of positive energy in your life, empowering you to get back in the driver’s seat of your life once again.
What the research tells us:
- The brain is flexible! The brain’s neuroplasticity means that it is not a fixed and final thing; it can change the way it works and the way your body responds to its messages. “Neruo is for ‘neuron’, the nerve cells in our brains and nervous systems. Plastic is for ‘changeable…modifiable’” (The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge MD, 2007).
- The neural pathways that take messages to and from the brain can be altered, and new paths can be created. The latest brain research shows that our brain has the ability to change its function and structure through thought and activity, but only when it is in a state of openness, creativity and freedom from stress. Because hypnosis helps you reduce the significant levels of stress that occur in your body as a result of experiencing ongoing pain, it creates the necessary open and creative space for your brain to begin changing its responses. (Neuro Orthopaedic Institute Australasia, August 2011)
- Thoughts are one of the most powerful influences on your mood and emotions. The way you think about yourself, your situation, and your future is extremely important in chronic pain, for a number of reasons. The more you can reduce your own distress with your thinking, the more you reduce your adrenaline levels, which in turn is good for desensitizing your nervous system. The more you can generate helpful thinking patterns that improve your mood, the more helpful neurotransmitters you are likely to produce, such as opiates. These are your body’s natural ‘feel good’ chemicals. When your body produces ‘feel good’ chemicals, they help to reduce the level of signal in your pain pathways.
- Research has shown that being able to focus attention on a task, activity, or experience – or to distract yourself – reduces pain and distress for people in chronic pain. An important point about attention is that we all only have a limited amount of attention to allocate to various aspects of our experience. If much of our attention is taken up by a particular thing, then there is less attention to be allocated to anything else.
- There is growing recognition that hypnosis is helpful for altering the thoughts and beliefs that contribute to the pain state.
- The findings suggest that self hypnosis training for chronic pain has two primary effects (a) it creates a long lasting (possibly permanent) change in the way the person and brain processes pain information, so that they experience a decrease in ongoing daily average pain, and (b) provides skills that they can use on a regular basis to experience periods of comfort.
- New sciences such as New Biology, Quantum Physics, and Molecular Science, all recognize that human beings are a dynamic organic process. These scientific perspectives contend that it is not the individual parts, but the whole that provides for in-depth understanding. The human organism is not perceived as isolated or compartmentalized, but rather is studied as a living system. No longer an “it “ – an object – the human being is recognized as a dynamic ever-changing process, embedded in a field of relationships and information. (from Changing the Language of Body: from Object to Process article by Liz Koch). This relational field moves between your thoughts, emotions, and body and is intrinsically linked. Hypnosis, NLP and Energy Healing works with the whole person in a powerful way that harnesses their mind, body spirit self to achieve healing and transformation.
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