Pain

Gain control of your pain and feel more comfortable

Hypnotherapy is an extremely effective means of helping you gain control over your pain and improve your quality of life.

There have been numerous scientific studies over the years which have shown that hypnotherapy can enable people to significantly reduce their discomfort in comparison to that achieved with other treatments. Not only that, but hypnotherapy has also been shown to allow people to maintain these benefits after the studies had finished.

Whilst all of us have experienced pain at some time in our lives, if it goes on for a long time or is particularly severe then it may adversely affect your quality of life. It might interfere with your sleep, resulting in you feeling tired and fatigued. It may result in emotional problems, like anger or anxiety. Or it may lead you to reduce, or stop, the amount of physical activity you do, which can then cause further problems by reducing your flexibility and muscle strength.

The first port of call when you begin to experience pain is your doctor, who can help identify the cause of the problem and advise on appropriate medication. If, despite taking medication, you find that the pain continues to affect your life, you may wish to consider hypnotherapy.

How can hypno-psychotherapy from True Progress help me with my pain?

People can experience pain in completely different ways. The pain you experience is an outcome of a complex interaction of several different factors; these include:

  • Sensory: how you experience it (its quality; where it is; type e.g. sharp/throbbing)
  • Cognitive: how you perceive and think about the discomfort (level of attention given, anticipation of it occurring, what it ‘means’)
  • Neurophysiological: the way you detect it, and your body’s response (e.g. adrenaline release)
  • Behavioural: how you respond to the perception of the pain (muscle tensing, avoidance)
  • Emotional: how unpleasant you find it
  • Psychological: the unconscious factors that may cause, or contribute to, how the pain is experienced, maintained or develops

It is these factors that lead your mind to conclude that you have pain, and what it is like. As such, if you enable your mind to change its interpretation of what is going on in your body, and to cease to acknowledge the pain, then your experience changes.

That is why hypno-psychotherapy is such an effective means of dealing with pain, because it empowers you to address virtually all of these factors, so that your mind can change how it interprets your situation, and you feel more comfortable.

At True Progress we combine hypnosis with different types of psychotherapy to enable you to identify and deal with the particular factors that are associated with your discomfort. For instance, that might involve enabling you to deal with your anxiety and relax your body, thereby reducing the adrenaline response that makes your pain worse. Or it may entail helping you to identify and change the underlying thinking patterns, beliefs or psychological factors that have been increasing, or contributing to the problem. Whatever the cause of your pain, we will help empower you to take back control and feel more comfortable.

Scientific studies (Elkins et al, 2007; Stoeb et al, 2009; Kravits, 2013) have shown people with a range of conditions can gain significant reductions in pain using hypnotherapy. These conditions include:

  • Back problems
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Migraine
  • Labour pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Invasive surgery
  • Burn dressing changes
  • Excisional breast biopsy

Contact Us to find out how True Progress can help you.

References:
*Elkins G, Jensen, MP & Patterson DR, (2007) Hypnotherapy for the management of chronic pain. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 55, 275-287
Stoeb BL, Molton IR, Jensen MP & Patterson DR, (2009) The efficacy of hypnotic analgesia in adults. Contemporary Hypn. 26, 24-39
Kravits K, (2013) Hypnosis: Adjunct therapy for cancer plan management. J Adv Pract Oncol, 4, 83-88