Did you know that women are more likely to experience chronic pain than men?
It is estimated that around 20% of the worlds population suffer with pain.
Whilst there are various treatments for pain it is becoming more popular for people to turn to a holistic approach as we learn more about opioid addiction. Many doctors are giving lower doses of pain relief medication and encouraging patients to try alternative therapies like CBT & Hypnosis.
Pain is our bodies natural alarm system. It is a vital part to keep us safe and protected. It is our bodies way of saying something isn’t right or don’t do that again. And whilst pain is often acute and only around for a genuine purpose such as for an injury, it then should stop hurting once that part has recovered. This sort of pain whilst can be annoying is not the type of pain that a hypnotherapist would help you with (with the exception of for use during labour). As it is important for you to be aware of that as the body heals. Take a sprained ankle, the pain reminds you to walk more carefully as it heals.
When pain becomes chronic, it can begin to have more negative effects on an individual. You may feel tired, irritable, anxious, depressed, brain fog among other things. You may not even know why you have pain anymore as it’s been around for so long.
When someone has chronic pain that brings about other symptoms too it can begin to impact your overall wellbeing. This is where I believe hypnosis plays a role with pain. When you are in that place of being fed up, with no motivation, and low moods it can affect your ability to recover as you are fighting not only the pain but the mental barriers too. All too often those who suffer with long term pain might find themselves over eating or eating poorly, poor sleeping, not socialising, perhaps even turning to methods such as drinking alcohol as a way of numbing the pain.
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I believe that when we work on the subconscious mind and help with the other symptoms we begin to improve the mindset which allows for an inside out approach. In addition to addressing the side effects we can also begin to address the underlying cause of pain. It could be that the pain alarm system needs to be reset, that the alarm has been going off but forgotten to turn off. It could be that the alarm system is ringing more loudly than is necessary or even that the pain is emotional..
Pain relief with hypnosis has been found to be particularly helpful with those fighting cancer. Using guided visualisation and self hypnosis, cancer patients can utilise what they learn from hypnosis when undergoing treatment and for managing day to day life that bit easier.
The type of pain I would be looking to work with in people are Fibromyalgia, Cancer patients, IBS, arthritis to name a few. Every case is different, which is why it is important to have a pre-consultation so that I can determine if hypnosis is the right avenue for your pain.
When I work with my clients for pain relief, I work in a very safe way to keep them safe. It is vitally important that when working with pain, your hypnotherapy practitioner is able to help with the current pain but allow for any pain that is necessary to come back. It might be that the subconscious cannot stop the pain for a good reason, but it may agree to reduce the pain. Remember even with the best medication it doesn’t stop pain, it only ever reduces it.
Because my aim is to keep my clients safety as my number one priority, I do always ask for pain relief clients to first see their doctor. I always prefer to have doctors consent when working with pain for a few reasons. Firstly, I want to make sure it is safe to proceed, I am not a doctor, I cannot diagnose. Secondly, If you are on pain medication, then you will need to have a plan in place to reduce that medication with your doctor to keep you safe, this is so important if there is any form of addiction with medication.
When you feel good on the inside it allows you to be in a better place for working on the outside. Get in touch with me today to see if I can help get you in a place closer to where you want to be, a place where you can begin to recover.