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What Causes Pain And Discomfort?

The physical pain we feel is subjective and can be affected by a number of factors, including our gender and genetic makeup. Pain is created through a complex relationship between our body and our mind. While it is wrong to suggest that pain “is all in the head”, how we think about our pain and its impact, and how stressed we are can increase the pain we are in.

Short-term (acute) pain can be a useful warning sign, to tell us that something is wrong and that we need to seek medical help. However, long-term (chronic) pain serves no purpose. Learning techniques to manage chronic pain and discomfort can help sufferers continue to live a full life and increase feelings of wellbeing.

There are different types of pain, although we can suffer both at the same time, and they can be classified in two ways:

Nociceptive Pain

This is caused by damage or irritation to body tissue.  It is usually associated with sharp, aching, or throbbing pain. Examples of nociceptive pain include:

  • Broken bones
  • sprains
  • burns
  • inflammation
  • Eczema

Neuropathic Pain

Sometimes called Neuralgia, this type of pain is caused by nerves that are damaged or injured or a dysfunction of the nervous system. It is usually associated with shooting, stabbing or burning pain. Sometimes sufferers describe it as being like an electrical shock. Examples of Neuropathic pain includes:

  • Shingles
  • Sciatica
  • Neuralgia
  • Burning mouth syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis

 

How Can Hypnosis Help?

Chronic pain is usually best managed through the use of a variety of different strategies. These can include:

  • Medication
  • Exercise
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pyschotherapy (eg cognitive behavioural therapy)
  • relaxation techniques (eg autogenic training)
  • Meditation

Hypnosis is an excellent additional strategy for managing pain and discomfort. Hypnosis for pain management works on a number of levels depending on the needs of the client;

  • Managing stress & anxiety – stress is shown to increase chronic pain and so through hypnosis you can learn more effective coping strategies for dealing with life’s challenges
  • Relaxation – physical relaxation can be beneficial to reducing discomfort. Through hypnosis you can learn how to relax your body and your mind
  • Changing your relationship with your pain – using the power of your imagination you can learn to shift your focus away from your pain or change the way you think about your pain.
  • Building resilience – hypnosis can boost confidence, motivation and optimism helping you to become more resilient

What Conditions Can Hypnosis Help With?

Research into the use hypnosis for pain management is extensive with many studies showing positive results. An analysis in 2000 of 18 published studies showed that 75% of participants with different types of pain obtained substantial pain relief from hypnotic strategies. The research indicated that hypnosis is equivalent or more effective than other treatments for both acute and chronic pain.

Below are some examples of conditions that can be improved through the use of hypnosis. This is not an exhaustive list, so feel free to contact me to discuss any conditions that you would like help with.

 

Migraines & Headaches

The causes of migraines vary and can include stress, diet, disturbed sleep, medication or hormonal changes. The symptoms can include moderate to severe pain which can interfere with day-to-day activity, nausea and vomiting.

Hypnosis has a long history of reducing migraines and symptoms. Teaching clients self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques are particularly effective.

Research conducted in 2007 concluded that hypnosis is a “well-established and efficacious treatment and is virtually free of the side effects, risks of adverse reactions, and ongoing expense associated with medication treatments”.

Skin Conditions Including Eczema

A wide range of skin conditions including eczema, warts and psoriasis can be improved through the use of hypnosis. Skin conditions to lead to uncomfortable sensations such as itching and burning. In addition sufferers can also struggle with negative feelings such as shame, low self-esteem or even depression.

Many skin conditions can be exacerbated by stress and other emotional factors.

Hypnosis is know to change physiological functions such as blood flow, pain sensation and the immune system. Using hypnosis can allow sufferers to utilise their own imagination to improve their condition. Studies into the use of hypnosis has shown it can decrease stress and anxiety, reduce pain, reduce inflammation, manage sweating and itching, speed up the healing process and reduce behaviors such as scratching and picking.

Musculoskeletal Disorders

There are many causes for musculoskeletal pain. Wear and tear through daily activities as well as trauma to an area such as accidents, falls, fractures, sprains, dislocations also can cause musculoskeletal pain. Other causes include postural strain, repetitive movements, overuse, poor posture or poor body mechanics. Pain can be in the body’s joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves and tendons.

The symptoms of musculoskeletal can include:

  • Physical pain – very often described as an ache
  • A burning feeling
  • Twitching
  • A feeling that muscles are overworked or stretched
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbance

General treatments for musculoskeletal pain include medication, physiotherapy, chiropractic care, exercise and acupuncture.

Hypnosis can help to reduce musculoskeletal pain by creating deep relaxation to remove muscle tension. Hypnosis can also be used to create hypnotic analgesia – the ability to use suggestions to reduce pain. Hypnosis for stress management is also effective at reducing physical pain.

 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia/ME

Although chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), myalgic encephalopathy (ME) and fibromyalgia (FM) are different conditions they do sometimes share similar symptoms. These include:

    • Pain
    • Fatigue
    • Sleep disorders
    • Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms
    • Chronic headaches
    • Association with Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
    • Cognitive or memory impairment
    • Dizziness
    • Impaired coordination

In addition to these symptoms, people struggling with these conditions also have to come to terms with the impact of their illness on the life.

Hypnosis can help by creating a greater sense of hope and optimism in clients. Techniques to create deep relaxation are helpful as are suggestions for greater acceptance and developing and attitude of gratitude. Developing more effective problem solving skills can also help to reduce the impact of stress.

Labour & Childbirth

There is strong evidence for hypnosis reducing anxiety in pregnancy and relieving pain in labour and childbirth. In fact, in some areas hypnosis classes are offered by the NHS.

Clients can be taught how to use self-hypnosis to enter a relaxed, calm and comfortable state. This can reduce the need for medication during labour and research shows it reduces postnatal anxiety and fear of childbirth.

Cancer

Hypnosis can be offered as a complementary treatment to help to reduce a number of symptoms related to cancer.

There has been extensive research in this area and studies show:

  • Hypnosis can reduce pain, distress and discomfort caused by cancer
  • Hypnosis can reduce feelings of nausea
  • Hypnosis can reduce the number and severity of hot flushes in breast cancer patients
  • Hypnosis can reduce pain, sickness and tiredness after surgery
  • Hypnosis can improve low moods, anxiety and sleep in cancer patients

Dental Pain

Many people might be aware that hypnosis can be used to help overcome dental phobia (odontophobia) but it can also be used to reduce dental pain, and in fact can be used as an alternative to pain medication or anaesthesia.

Research conducted in 2016 showed that pain threshold under hypnosis was higher and that dental pain was rated lower.

A 2007 BBC documentary showed a patient having teeth extraction using only hypnosis, without the aid of any anaesthetic. You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgu6vk3_ByE

Hypnosis has also been shown to improve the symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome, creating more comfortable and tolerable sensations.

What Does The Research Say?

…Results indicate that for both chronic and acute pain conditions: (1) hypnotic analgesia consistently results in greater decreases in a variety of pain outcomes compared to no treatment/standard care; (2) hypnosis frequently out-performs non-hypnotic interventions… in terms of reductions in pain-related outcomes.

Stoelb et al, 2009

Randomized controlled studies with clinical populations indicate that hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute procedural pain and chronic pain conditions.

Patterson & Jensen, 2003

Meta-analysis of 18 studies revealed a moderate to large hypnoanalgesic effect, supporting the efficacy of hypnotic techniques for pain management.

Montgomery, DuHamel & Redd, 2000

…Findings indicate that hypnosis interventions consistently produce significant decreases in pain associated with a variety of chronic-pain problems.

Elkins et al, 2007

How Much Does It Cost?

If you are a member of a private health cash plan your treatment costs may be reimbursed. For example, Paycare, Westfield Health and Health Shield will reimburse for CNHC registered hypnotherapy on specified corporate paid plans. If you wish to seek reimbursement through a private health cash plan please check with your provider.

Single Session - Pay As You Go

£65
Ideal for learning some simple hypnotic relaxation techniques
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  • Free hypnosis recording
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3 Session Package

£179
Save £16 - Ideal for moderate acute or chronic pain
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  • Free hypnosis recordings
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