Pain causes stress, stress causes insomnia, insomnia causes exhaustion.
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While medication blocks your body's ability to feel pain for a number of hours, hypnosis trains the brain to perceive pain differently. Granted, you need pain to alert you if there's something wrong in your body and that’s why, if you are in pain, you should always check with your medical provider.
Pain can be acute enough to interrupt your body's internal clock regulating your sleep-wake cycles (circadian rhythms) resulting in erratic sleeping patterns. These inconsistent and interrupted sleep schedules do not allow your body to recover, which lead to exhaustion. This results in memory loss, shortness of breath, lack of motivation, depression, and a slower production of endorphins, which are your body’s natural painkillers produced by the brain.
By breaking one of the links that lead to exhaustion, you can find pain relief and make a positive difference in your well-being. This is not hocus-pocus, numerous studies have been carried out by well-known medical institutions that have found moderate to high pain relief supporting hypnotherapy’s therapeutic effects on pain management.
During hypnosis you will become relaxed enough to be open to suggestions that will help you reach your goals. Research has shown that people are able to better manage acute and chronic pain by easing the anxiety and targeting the source of pain using imagery and mind over matter techniques (ideomotor).
The following Relaxation Therapies are medically acceptable and recommended practices to help you ease your pain:
- Breathing exercises
- Visualization and body awareness techniques
- Physical techniques that link breathing and relaxation exercises
- Sound relaxation
- Sound relaxation exercises without the initial muscle tensing, which is not indicated for some individuals.
As a hypnotherapist, I concentrate in guiding my clients to the source of pain, not creating memories about its cause. It is important to concentrate on the ‘here and now’ so that hypnotherapy can have an effective therapeutic effect. As with any supplementary therapy, I recommend talking to your professional medical provider prior to making an appointment.
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