Pain Management and hypnotherapy
Everyone feels pain every now and again. When you pull a muscle or cut your finger, you will feel pain. Pain is how your body tells you that something is not right. Most times once the injury heals, the pain will stop. Chronic pain is very different. Your body will continue to hurt for weeks, months, years, and sometimes the pain will stay with you forever.
Chronic pain gets defined as any type of pain that lasts for three months or more.
What exactly is chronic pain?
Any sort of pain that occurs every day and goes on for longer than three months is considered chronic pain. Even pain that is persistent with no identified cause where the original injury has now healed. Pain that has an identified cause like arthritis, cancer, shingles, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, TMJ dysfunction etc. It is now estimated that there are 1 in 5 Australians that are suffering from chronic pain. The identifiable cause and treatment of ongoing pain can be complex, which can have a huge impact on the ability to function effectively in both home life, social and work life.
Chronic pain is debilitating, stressful and isolating. There is no magic potion or single approach solution to cure chronic pain. This is where pain management comes in. With the right treatment, strategies and health management, you can have improved health outcomes and get your quality of life back.
Can hypnotherapy help and what exactly is it
Hypnotherapy is an effective tool that can help you gain back control of your life by allowing you to change your emotional responses and thoughts to the pain and the external factors. This will help you to retrain the neural pathway and assist you in laying down a new template of responses within the areas of the brain that are responsible for influencing your pain experience.
Hypnotherapy allows you to experience and promote the healthy effects of the positive energy swirling around in your life, empowering you to take back control.
Why do we use hypnotherapy to treat chronic pain?
Hypnotherapy is safe, drug-free and helps to support alternative therapeutic approaches that you may consider using in your multidisciplinary approach to your healing. Science has discovered that our thoughts, physical movements and emotions create a chemical reaction within the body, that will either calm down the nervous system or turn on the panic button. From changing your responses to the chronic pain and the way that you think about pain, can, in fact, have the ability to change your pain state.
How we emphasis our attention can have a huge impact on exactly how we experience pain. Being able to focus your attention on an experience, task or activity means distracting yourself, which can reduce the pain and distress that people with chronic pain suffer. The more that we can divert our attention from the pain, the fewer signals we are going to be creating in our pain pathways. If there are less pain signals in our pathway, we are going to have fewer pain receptors sprouting out nerves so they will become less sensitive.
Hypnotherapy is a state of concentration that can put you into a healthy and pleasant place where your brain will then start to pay attention to that rather than the chronic pain.
Hypnotherapy can help to break you out of the prison world of chronic pain. Doing so will empower you to find a way of engaging in life again, in a way that is meaningful and fulfilling.