Hypnosis is one of the best modalities for pain management. In fact, hypnosis may not only be effective in pain relief, but may also help to maintain the dignity and the well being of the individual, without dependence on large quantities of medication.
Why is hypnosis for pain management so effective?
The purpose of pain is to let you know that something is wrong with your body. For example, when you touch a hot item in the kitchen, your brain alerts you to draw your hand back before you incur a serious burn. In that case, pain is a warning signal that alerts your body to the fact that it has been or may be injured. That type of pain is called ‘acute pain’. Acute pain is normally relieved when the problem or situation causing the pain has been addressed.
Another type of pain is ‘chronic pain’. Chronic pain is a long lasting discomfort that has no relation to warning of danger.
In today’s society, millions of people find that they become debilitated by chronic pain and are having difficulties functioning in their day to day lives.
Some examples of conditions that cause pain are:
- Low back pain
- Joint pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Migraine and tension headaches
- Spinal cord injuries
- Crohn’s disease
- Nerve injuries
When considering hypnosis for pain relief it is important to realize that pain is not only physical.
Processing pain, or at least the way we humans feel it, is not automatic or standardized. Signals are sent by the nerves through the nervous system up through the spinal cord and to the brain. There they become interpreted as painful stimuli. These signals pass through gateways in the back of the spinal cord.
Research shows that these gates can open more widely due to psychological factors. If a person experiences stress, anxiety and depression, this will make the pain feel even worse. A calm, positive and focused outlook can help the pain gate close and this helps the pain signals not to register in the brain, and therefore not be sensed.
Scientific research has found that both guided and self-hypnosis, when used to help people who suffer from pain, can have measurable and significant effects. There was a study conducted with migraine patients who were treated with hypnosis. The duration and the frequency of their migraines were reduced by a significant amount. Imagine being able to reduce or eliminate the need for you to take pain medications…
Hypnotherapy for pain management can change the way the brain processes pain signals.
It reduces the brain activity that is devoted to distressful feelings, even while pain sensations are continuing to be received.
Some surgical teams now rely on hypnosis for getting patients ready for surgery, and this reduces the need for anesthetic.
The bottom line is that hypnosis can help relieve your pain significantly.
Pain can sometimes be a symptom of a medical condition that requires treatment, therefore:
If you wish to utilize hypnotherapy for pain management, you must first see your medical doctor for treatment, and then get the doctors consent to use hypnotherapy.
Higher Choice Hypnosis in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Anat Weinstein C.Ht., Higher Choice Hypnosis,
12101 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM, 87112