For many of us, pain can be difficult to deal with, whether it is sporadic or continual. When we experience pain, our first thought is to grab the painkillers to alleviate the discomfort. Pain killers are okay for short-term pain, but if used continuously they can become another problem causing unwanted side-effects or in the worst case – addiction.
What other options are available? It might be time to consider hypnosis. We often associate hypnotherapy with weight loss or helping someone to quit smoking but it has a host of other benefits, including pain management. We are regularly reminded that the mind and the body are inseparable, and hypnotherapy addresses this link. In fact, research proves that hypnosis can manage all types of pain from mild to acute, and sporadic and chronic. Hypnotherapy is used in a variety of situations, including:
- Post-operative pain
- Phantom-limb pain
- Palliative care
How can hypnosis help with pain management?
The focus of hypnotherapy is to relax. Stress and anxiety are quite common with pain and tension can make it worse. To relieve stress, you need to eliminate all pressure and anxiety. It’s easier said than done but if your thought patterns change, the pressure may decrease. When you’re under hypnosis, you focus on relaxation and let go of distracting thoughts, and a trained clinical hypnotherapist will be able to give you suggestions to encourage pain relief.
Remember, we’re not trying to convince you that your pain doesn’t exist, but we are allowing the pain to be more comfortable, and in many cases, the pain can be removed completely. The techniques used in hypnotherapy help reduce stress and relax the nervous system, making it less reactive to pain.
This natural therapy technique is beneficial and has no side effects. Medical professionals say it is an effective tool for chronic pain management.
Kenneth Eldridge a Clinical Hypnotherapist at Perth Hypnosis Clinic is experienced in helping clients overcome pain. He has dealt with psychosomatic, chronic, migraine, and post-surgery. He has also provided pre-surgery hypnosis. This ensures the body is relaxed whilst in surgery and allows a much speedier recovery from surgery. If you suffer from unwanted pain call 0431 959 204 and find what we can do for you. Contact your local hypnotherapy clinics for more information on hypnosis benefits.