Many people who have experienced long term pain find that it becomes obsessive. They are always looking for it, checking. This in turn can cause a level of anxiety to the point where the sufferer cannot imagine not having the pain. Anxiety and discomfort can lead to depression and result in a person leading a very limited life in terms of work and social activity.
Modern orthodox medicine now has new ways of teaching patients how to manage their own pain but not many pain clinics will teach clients how to relax. Patients can find that they can quickly and easily get addicted to medication.
Although hypnosis was not widely embraced by the health services it has recently been more recognised and accepted as an alternative to general and local anaesthesia.
Hypnosis is an extremely powerful tool to help people deal with pain and some patients can opt to be put into hypnosis rather than have anaesthetic before a major surgical operation. They have the belief that they can switch off pain receptors while in trance. This is more widely accepted by the medical profession and many GPs and Anaesthetists now take hypnosis training.
Hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis may help you block or transform pain through refocusing techniques.
There are many reasons a person may suffer from pain and there are many different types of pain. Before you begin treatment with a hypnotherapist it is important that you have been to a GP and or specialist to ensure that the cause of the pain has been fully diagnosed.
Chronic pain, which is one of the most common types I treat my clients for, is pain that has lasted over six months. This can often become distracting and may interfere with a persons normal day to day life, long after the pain is no longer “useful” (after the source of the pain has been diagnosed and treated). The longer and more intense it is, the more a person will become obsessed by it.
During pain control sessions, I teach my clients various techniques, relevant to the pain they experience. I will teach clients how to manage localised pain and also show them how to relax into pain and forget it. For some it might seem difficult to ignore the pain, so rather than asking my clients to do this, I ask that they focus on it specifically, as if they are travelling towards it. This will help them into a deeper trance. I will also teach self hypnosis, enabling you to control the pain without the use of heavy pain killers.
The History of Hypnosis and Pain Control
Hypnosis has been used in the treatment of pain for many years. James Esdaile is thought by many to have been a pioneer in the use of hypnosis for surgical anaesthesia in the era immediately prior to James Young Simpson's discovery of chloroform. When Dr Esdaile was working in India he had to perform quick serious operations and procedures on patients with no anaesthsia. Some of whom were convicts who were probably treated very harshly.
He would put them into trance by sheer focus and getting them to relax their breathing. This could help them be distracted from the pain. Not always successfully but it helped at least 30 percent of them feel less pain.
There are some similarities between both the theory and practice of Victorian Mesmerism and hypnotism. James Braid reported favourably upon the Government committee chaired by Atkinson's September 1846 report on Esdaile's use of Mesmerism in an Indian hospital.
James Braid (19 June 1795 – 25 March 1860) was a Scottish surgeon and "gentleman scientist". He was a significant innovator and an important and influential pioneer of hypnotism and hypnotherapy. He is regarded by many as the first genuine "hypnotherapist" and the "Father of Modern Hypnotism".