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 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.
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.
And that’s where things start to get complicated.
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.
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.
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?