Chronic pain remains a significant burden for both individuals and society.
Standard medical treatment for chronic pain is often inadequate, and it is common for frustrated patients to seek costly treatments from multiple health care professionals, often without significant relief. Growing awareness of the limitations of currently available pain treatments make the use of suggestion-based techniques and hypnosis an attractive component of pain treatment.
Pain is a vitally important signal that should be ignored. If you have a broken leg or a life-threatening injury, the last thing you want is to press the “mute” button and ignore it. Before considering hypnosis for pain management, it is important to talk to a medical professional to make sure you receive whatever treatment is relevant for your condition.
But when pain becomes persistent and long-lasting, it is highly debilitating and causes stress, depression, anxiety, poor sleep, disability, even isolation. Persistent pain negatively impacts on mental health and every area of life, including relationships, work, hobbies and interests.
When pain has been present for a long time, many changes occur within the body and the nervous system. It is as if the brain and body has got into the ‘bad habit’ of perceiving pain when acute tissue damage has long since resolved or healed. Hypnotherapy can be an excellent way to ‘re-educate’ and reset the mind’s perception of the pain signal’s – turn down the intensity of the perceived pain.
Typical painful conditions that I can help clients manage using hypnotherapy include joint pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, pain from IBS, musculoskeletal pains, fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain, phantom limb pain, medically unexplained pain and more.