Hypnotherapy And Pain

We all suffer with pain from time to time.

Physical pain is normally a message from the body to the brain.
It can be a message that you’ve picked up a hot pan without an oven glove. It’s really useful to know that so you can drop dinner on the floor before you get a third degree burn.

It can be a message that the fall you just had down the stairs has actually properly done your ankle in this time, and you’d better rest it for a little while.

In some cases, pain or discomfort can even mean that an injury is healing.

So pain can be useful.
Medically, pain gets split into three types of pain.

Brand new pain is called acute pain. That’s the pain you might have when you trap your hand in the car door because you’re trying to do six things at once.

If your hurt-y bit has been hurting for more then six weeks but less than 12 weeks, it’s called subacute pain. That’s the pain you might have when you’re recovering from a big operation.

And if you’ve been in pain for 12 weeks or more, it’s called chronic or persistent pain.

Chronic pain is often the pain that causes the most problems for people.
After 12 weeks (the end of the subacute pain period), tissues and bones have generally healed as much as they’re going to – so most doctors will say there no reason for you to be feeling pain.

And that’s where things start to get complicated.


What to do about
chronic pain?

Chronic or persistent pain is a big problem for the medical profession. It’s estimated that over 1.5 billion people across the world have chronic pain – in the USA it’s the leading cause of long term disability.
Yet doctors’ options are fairly limited once – medically – nothing shows as being wrong on an X-ray or an MRI scan.

Some doctors will prescribe ongoing medication for physical pain.

Others will look at prescribing anti-depressants.

Some will refer on to counselling. That’ll normally be Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in order to help you accept your pain and stop it from limiting your behaviour.

In some places, doctors might even refer on to occupational health specialists, who will help you to make changes to your home and work and lifestyle so that you can deal with the pain better.

But it’s not just doctors who have advice for dealing with chronic pain.

If you ever tell anyone you’re dealing with chronic pain, you can be reasonably sure they’ll have a “helpful suggestion” or two.

From treating your pain-free time like it’s sugar, and measuring it out like you have a limited amount (often called “the spoon theory”).

Or exercising more.

Or getting outdoors in nature.

Or being mindful.

Or changing your diet.

These will work for some people. And that’s fantastic.
But if you’re still reading, chances are that they haven’t for you. Maybe you don’t want to take painkillers, maybe the counselling didn’t help, maybe thinking about spoons didn’t change anything.
So what can hypnosis do for pain?

Hypnosis and pain

My name’s Vic and I’m a hypnotist.
The Advertising Standards Authority tells me that I can’t tell you that hypnosis or hypnotherapy can help with pain.
I’m literally not allowed to tell you that. I’d be breaking their rules.

And that’s okay, because if I could hypnotise all pain away, it would be unethical of me to do so.

It would be unsafe – imagine if I hypnotised you not to be able to feel pain in your hand when you touched that hot pan? You wouldn’t throw dinner on the floor, but you’d have a well-done steak instead of a hand.

But hypnosis can help with anxiety and stress. It can help with focus.

You might have noticed that your pain feels worse when you’re anxious or stressed. Chronic pain can make you feel vulnerable, it can make you feel scared, it can make you feel anxious and not in control of your own body.

Imagine being able to turn down that anxiety.

What effect would that have on your pain?

I’m not saying “your pain is in your head’“. I’m saying the reaction to your pain is in your head.

In your unconscious mind.

And if you could change how your unconscious mind dealt with your pain, how would that change how you felt and reacted to your pain?

There’s only one way to find out.

And that’s to deal directly with your unconscious mind, and change your reactions.

That’s what hypnosis does. It deals directly with your unconscious mind.

What changes would happen in your life if your unconscious mind reacted differently to your pain?

What have you got to lose by finding out?

Ready to change your life?

I offer a free twenty minute consultation so you can see how hypnosis is different – and how it can help you get your life back on track.

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