Pain Management

It is essential that regular, constant, acute or chronic pain is assessed by a medical practitioner.

Pain is an important element in our survival. In fact, acute pain is our body’s way of telling us we are being damaged, for example if we are being burned, pain tells us to move, if we get a persistent pain, we know to see a doctor. Without this kind of pain, our very survival could be threatened.

It is when pain serves no useful purpose, when we have nothing to learn from its message, that we need some way of effectively controlling it. If you have experienced pain for any length of time, you may very well have the feeling that you are condemned to suffering from that pain for the rest of your life. And few things are as soul-destroying as having to endure this.

In fact, pain is both physical and psychological. The simple existence of psychological pain – phantom limb pain, for example, where pain continues to be felt in an amputated body part – clearly demonstrates the fact that the brain itself is capable of not only interpreting messages of pain that come from the body, but that it can even initiate these messages independent of any physical cause. Such pain can be as real and intense as pain coming from any injury.

While the source of the pain may be located somewhere in the body, signals have to reach the brain before we become aware of this. There is a saying which is pertinent to the way that hypnotherapy works ‘there is no pain until it reaches the brain’.

There are a number of methods of controlling pain. After assessment we will select one or more of a number of different techniques tailored to you and your circumstances to manage and control your pain. Techniques include -

Hypnosis can be very effective in relieving and controlling pain. Firstly it is important to ascertain the cause of the pain, as diagnosed by doctor. Hypnotherapy is used in a variety of situations for treating pain, including:

  • Pain control and pain management offers help where medication and alternative medicine have failed or are not desired. In hypnosis, then through self-hypnosis, the person suffering on-going pain is taught to alter the brain’s perception of the pain message, to turn down its intensity, even to end it.
  • Post-operative pain - where traditional painkillers are not appropriate, perhaps because the patient is afraid of needles or allergic to medication.
  • Phantom limb pain - amputees sometimes experience pain from limbs which have been removed and research has shown that hypnosis has had impressive results in treating this kind of pain.
  • Palliative care - work with terminally ill patients to manage pain and improve quality of life
  • Controlled deep breathing is used to effectively manage and reduce pain.
  • Altered focus can modify feelings in the body by focussing attention on a non-painful area and changing the sensation thereby taking the attention away from focusing on the source of pain.
  • Dissociation is a chronic pain technique which involves mentally separating the painful body part from the rest of the body.
  • Sensory splitting involves dividing the sensation for example pain, burning or pins and needles, into separate parts then focussing just on the sensation of one more manageable element and not on the pain.
  • Mental anaesthesia involves visualising an injection of numbing anaesthetic such as Novocain, into the painful area.
  • Age progression or regression uses visualisation to project oneself forward or backward to a time when you are pain-free or experiencing much less pain.
  • Symbolic imagery involves envisioning a symbol that represents your chronic pain. You will then be taught to gradually reduce the irritating qualities of this symbol, thereby reducing the pain.
  • Positive imagery enables you to focus attention on a pleasant place that you can imagine such as the beach or mountains where you can feel safe and relaxed.
  • Counting silent counting can be an effective method of dealing with painful episodes.
  • Pain movement enables you to move chronic pain from one area of your body to another, where the pain is easier to cope with.

It can take practice for these techniques to become effective in helping alleviate chronic pain. You will be taught to practice pain coping strategies so that you will be able to manage pain within your own resources. With practice, you will find that the relaxation and chronic pain control become stronger and last longer after each session.

Often, after you become good at using the techniques, you can produce chronic pain relief and relaxation with just a few deep breaths. You can then start to use these techniques while you are engaged in any activity, working, talking, etc. With enough experience you will begin to feel a greater sense of control over the chronic pain and its effects on your life.


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