- Pain: – ‘An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage.’ As defined by the International Association for the study of Pain.
- Acute Pain – Generally acute pain tends to disappear when the underlying cause has healed sufficiently. It will normally come on suddenly and can be accompanied by emotional distress or anxiety. In some cases acute pain can give way to chronic pain.
- Chronic Pain – Is pain that lasts for longer than six months. In some cases untreated pain may worsen as the nerve fibers become more efficient and effective at sending these messages to the brain. It is often resistant to orthodox medical treatments.
Because pain is an extremely common side effect of numerous illnesses and ailments, it is challenge for healthcare providers to measure pain objectively and to differentiate chronic pain from what could be a natural response.
There are several types of pain (including those above) such as;
General somatic pain, Visceral pain, Bone pain, Muscle spasm, Peripheral neuropathy, Circulatory problems, Headaches.
Leonardo da Vinci was the first person who came to propose that the brain played a central role in our perception of sensation and in the early years of the human race people regarded pain as the work of demons, and relieving it was the remit of shamans, sorcerers and those in the priesthood. Methods used included use of medicinal herbs, ceremonies, rituals as well as journeying.
Hypnotherapy has been used by many to manage numerous instances of pain, including irritable bowel syndrome, sciatica, spinal stenosis, burns, joint pain, neck pain and a variety of other injuries and illnesses.
The basic functionality of pain hypnotherapy is to change the way individuals perceive pain messages in order to reduce the intensity of what they are feeling.
How Hypnotherapy can assist:
Hypnotherapy for pain management can either be used alongside prescribed medication or alone, but if you are considering hypnosis then it is essential you have been to visit your GP for an appropriate medical evaluation before proceeding.
As discussed in the above, pain is often a warning signal of a more serious underlying medical condition, for example a serious case could see an individual experiencing migraines which are a symptom of a brain tumour.
Once a GP has been consulted and pain has been diagnosed with more serious causes being eliminated, it is then fine for hypnotherapy treatment to commence.
It is important to provide some form of written medical consent if you are experiencing physical symptoms.
Alternatively Natural Healing is a great method as this looks at an individuals symptoms through the energy body – where illness and pain is reflected and very often the root cause of the condition. Learn more here