Hypnotherapy for Chronic Pain
Overcome Chronic Pain with Hypnotherapy in Edinburgh
Pain comes in many forms, be it acute or chronic, but whatever the type it is very likely that it can be reduced through relaxation, calmness and and the realisation that it you who is in control of your pain, rather than the pain controlling you.
The mind/body connection is a complex one and is still to be fully understood. Yet all of us have experienced, at one time or another, how tension and stress can increase our feelings of pain and discomfort whilst distraction, placebos and techniques such as calm breathing can reduce them.
Our beliefs, our personalities, our coping strategies all have a huge impact on the way that we as individuals experience pain. Looking deeper into the relationship between our mind and bodies we can also ask ourselves what purpose pain serves for us? Why do we experience pain in particular parts of our bodies? What are the upsides as well as the downsides of pain?
Doctor Referral Needed First
I must stress that any Pain Management session can only be conducted on referral from your doctor. Pain protects us from further injury or disease by alerting us that something is wrong, as well as being a symptom.
It would be unethical of me to help alleviate chest pains, for instance, when the client is really suffering from a heart condition and needs medical intervention. For the same reason, the intention is not to make pain disappear altogether, because of its function as a warning, it is rather to reduce it to a level where it is manageable.
How Can Hypnotherapy Help With Chronic Pain?
Hypnotherapy tackles the many aspects of chronic pain to put you firmly in control. Overall stress levels are reduced, tools for pain management are taught, past trauma dealt with quickly and pleasantly; in fact, anything that contributes towards this condition can be worked on so that you can continue your life in the happy, positive, social way you’ve always wanted to.
People suffering from chronic pain usually find it extremely difficult to relax. The goal of hypnotherapy for pain management is to produce that deep relaxation which will reduce or ameliorate the fear, tension and anxiety associated with pain.
You will also be taught self-hypnosis to help you between visits and on into the future. Hypnosis will be used to help re-focus your attention so that pain isn’t the ‘centre’ of your everyday life, but something that can and will be put firmly into the background of your life enabling you to continue forward and enjoy life in the way you’ve always wanted to.
The number of sessions required will depend on the severity and/or circumstances of the pain suffered. For example, if you want help to deal with the pain and distress of a hospital test or an injection before you go on holiday, then a single session of hypnotherapy will be very effective in relieving anxiety and boosting your confidence in your ability to cope with the situation. If, however, the condition is chronic a programme of weekly sessions will give you more pain relief benefit over a longer period.