Pain is something that should be taken very seriously as it is our body’s way of telling us that something needs attention. As such, whether your pain is acute or chronic, it requires first that you seek your doctor’s opinion in order to eliminate a need for medical attention. Only after you’ve been assessed by your doctor do I recommend hypnotherapy to alleviate and self-manage your pain.
Our experience of pain can be altered according to our expectation of the pain, and our minds are extremely receptive to suggestion. We learn from a young age that the pain from a grazed knee can magically disappear when Mummy kisses it better. Likewise, when the nurse or doctor suggests that the local anaesthetic will numb the area and make the procedure more comfortable, we are likely to experience less pain than anticipated. Conversely, when there’s an absence of positive suggestions, our awareness of pain is likely to be increased.
Hypnotherapy helps with pain management by utilising some basic principles of the mind. It is a fact that whatever you put your attention on is amplified in your awareness. Therefore, if you are preoccupied with your pain, then the experience of your pain will be intensified. However, if you are distracted from the pain by being absorbed in another activity, it’s no longer at the forefront of your awareness, and your experience of it diminishes.
Hypnotherapy will provide you with the tools to deliberately redirect attention away from the experience of perceived pain and to re-contextualise it. You will also be taught self-hypnosis for the purpose of managing your pain over the long term.