Clinical hypnotherapy is an extremely effective method for diminishing or eliminating pain. It was recognised as a valid treatment for chronic pain by the US National Institutes of Health in 1996.
Clinical hypnotherapy induces a trance-like state of deep relaxation and focussed concentration. Using clinical hypnotherapy, all the muscles and nerves in a particular area where pain is being experienced can be made to completely relax, and inflammation and bleeding can be reduced. The relaxation of all muscles allows painful tension to be released, and ceases muscle spasms.
A state of focussed concentration also enables the subconscious mind to distract the conscious mind away from the pain, effectively blocking awareness of it, and giving the sufferer pain relief as effective as any analgesic, which continues even after the hypnosis session is finished, and often is more effective and long lasting than any opioid pain killer.
Professor Stuart Derbyshire, of the University of Birmingham, led a study on what happens in the brain during hypnosis for pain relief. “We asked patients to turn an imaginary pain dial up or down, and watched what happened on an MRI scan. As the pain was “turned down”, brain waves registered in those areas of the brain which nullify pain.”
Pain is generally a warning signal that there is something amiss within the body, so it is not always a good idea to eliminate it completely. However the subconscious mind can transform a chronic pain into a minor one; diminish and move the perception of pain from an organ to an extremity; or turn a stinging pain into a vibration, which is perceptible, but not uncomfortable.
Dental pain, post-operative and injury pain, back pain, Fibromyalgia pain, joint and muscle pain, migraines and headaches all respond well to clinical hypnotherapy for pain relief. The pain can be diminished in a single session, and the sufferer can be taught self hypnosis techniques to keep pain at bay, permanently.
It is generally advisable to four sessions of clinical hypnotherapy, as repeated sessions compound and enhance relief, but the decision on how many sessions to have always lies with the client.
Sometimes pain is psychosomatic, and then clinical hypnoanalysis can be used to try to discover the subconscious root of the pain, and potentially eliminate it forever.
If you would like to discuss clinical hypnotherapy as a solution to any pain you are suffering, feel free to contact me.