Hypnosis for pain management is extremely effective as a tool to help control, reduce and possibly eliminate pain.
It can be a natural, non-pharmaceutical means of pain management. Pain is simply your body’s way to signal that something is wrong therefore it serves a very important purpose. It is useful feedback about a condition that is present in the body that needs further attention or to signal us to move away from the pain and danger.
When we are in pain our senses are heightened and we become highly emotional. Intense, long-lasting pain can have a very negative affect. Stress increases, sleep may be interrupted, and you can lose your ability to function normally and sometimes depression results. So there comes a time when the pain has “served it’s purpose” and we just want some relief while we heal.
What Stops the Pain?
Basically, to stop hurting you must block or divert the pain message to the brain. This closes a “gate” to the nerve pathway, which runs through your spinal cord. When the pain message, being transmitted to your brain stops, at the closed gate, the sensation of pain stops there too.
There are three important ways to divert or block the pain experience.
Masking Effect. When you block and disrupt the pain message from the affected area to the brain, you reduce or eliminate the pain you experience. The message that is sent out to your brain that says “I hurt!” never gets there. Some medical experts refer to this as a masking effect. You don’t feel pain because the pain message is never sent.
Endorphin Release. Creates a substantial increase in endorphin’s, which are natural neurological pain relievers.
Increased Blood Flow. Improving blood circulation by opening up the restricted blood flow interrupts the transmission of pain signals that travel through the nerve pathways.
Does Hypnosis for Pain Management Work to Reduce Pain?
More and more, hypnosis is being used as a complementary treatment to traditional medicine for managing and possibly even eliminating pain.
Studies showing the successful use of hypnosis for pain management continue to increase. Imaging studies demonstrate that hypnotic suggestions effect brain activity. Hypnosis effects specific areas of the brain by decreasing the activity in the brain areas that are linked to the experience of pain intensity and in blocking the negative emotions associated with pain.
Hypnotic suggestions decrease the unpleasantness that pain can have and hypnosis for pain management can have a significant positive effect on how the pain makes people feel.
Hypnosis is often an effective tool to change the psychological reference to pain and the physical experience of it.
Darryl McCullagh Dip Hyp / CHypB