Hypnotherapy has been shown to be very effective in reducing many types of pain and it has helped me take control of my own Fibromyalgia symptoms. Of course, before you see a hypnotherapist, you must have consulted a doctor to find out the cause of your pain. It is also worth remembering that hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy designed to work alongside traditional treatments, not replace them, so I would want to work alongside your other healthcare professionals.
Is it Acute or Chronic Pain?
There are two types of pain, acute and chronic. Acute pain is short-term pain, often caused by an injury or short-term illness which gets better quite quickly. Chronic pain lasts for much longer and is usually caused by conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, cancer or an injury that has caused permanent damage to some part of the body. Most people seeking help from a hypnotherapist are suffering from some kind of chronic pain condition.
Pain is usually there for a reason and is a useful warning that something is going on within the body that needs some attention. However, learning to control pain signals, especially in long-term health conditions, can make life much easier for sufferers.
Many things affect the way we perceive pain. Other conditions, such as depression and anxiety, can make the pain feel much worse. Therefore, we may need to work on other areas as well to help relieve the pain. Everybody is different and all this can be discussed during your initial consultation. It is quite normal for long-term pain to cause other issues, so please feel free to discuss all this with me when you come and see me. I have experienced it all myself, so I totally understand how chronic pain can take over your life.
As a relaxation method or “induction” into hypnosis, I will ask you to focus first on your breathing. I know myself that I would often hold my breath when my pain became overwhelming and this just made the problem worse. I have learned, through practice, to breathe through the pain and count my breaths using the 7-11 approach. I breathe in for the count of seven and out for the count of eleven. This is a really useful thing to do if you, too, tend to hold your breath during bouts of extreme pain. You may not even notice you are doing it, so it is something to be aware of and breathing slowly and regularly really does help.
I will then use a progressive relaxation method, starting at one end of the body and gradually focusing on all the muscles and relaxing and letting go of any tension. When you are in pain, it can lead to tensing of the muscles which just makes any pain feel even worse. Most of the time you won't even be aware of how tense you are. A useful exercise is to deliberately tense each muscle in turn and then relax it so that you learn to feel the difference between tension and relaxation.
When you are feeling more relaxed and focused I will use particular suggestions which can help you manage the effects of chronic pain and even reduce the amount of pain you are experiencing. Over time I can teach you these techniques so that you can use self-hypnosis to help you take control of your body and manage your own chronic pain in the future. I will also send you home with a CD or mp3 that you can listen to so that you can practise self-hypnosis, as well as other tasks to complete between each session.
If you or someone you know is suffering from a long-term pain condition and would like to speak to me about how I could help, please contact me. I am based at Serendipity in Honiton High Street and Axminster Health and Wellbeing Centre. If you live outside of the East Devon area it is still worth getting in touch as I could make you a bespoke and personalised CD or mp3 recording that you can listen to which will help you with pain management and relaxation.
Hypnotherapy Skype Sessions Now Available!
Hypnotherapy is just as effective via Skype, so I now offer Skype sessions to anyone, no matter where you are in the world. You can even have a hypnotherapy session at your office. I am also offering a FREE 15-minute consultation in the therapy room or via a Skype or phone call so that you can discuss your pain issues with me and ask any questions you might have.
"I thoroughly enjoyed every hypnotherapy session with Laura and really enjoyed her company. I felt better after each session and it really helped my hip pain. Thank you so much, Laura."
Hazel from Honiton, Devon