What exactly is chronic pain?
Pain is considered chronic when it occurs for most days of the week and persists for longer than three months. It includes persistent pain that no longer has an identifiable cause where the original injury has healed.
Clinical trial evidence over the past 10 years, confirms that hypnotherapy treatments are effective for reducing pain intensity levels in people with chronic pain.
It is now estimated that 1 in 5 Australians suffer from chronic pain. This escalates when over 65 years to 1 in 3.
The more we can divert our attention from pain, the less signal we create in our pain pathways. The less signal in our pain pathways, the less pain receptors and sprouts our nerves create, and the less sensitive our nerves become.
We believe pain comes from those parts of our body where we feel pain, but in fact pain is determined by the brain.
When pain is ongoing and chronic, the bodies becomes over sensitised and the alarm system stays on alert. This process is called ‘Central Nervous System Sensitization’; this results in fear, thoughts and beliefs become involved and start increasing the chronic pain state. Chronic pain sufferers often feel as pain has engulfed their life, feeling helpless and hopeless. Hypnotherapy can change that by opening up the mind to new perceptions.
What the research tells us
The brain’s neuroplasticity means that it is not a fixed and final thing; it can change the way it works and the way your body responds to its messages. It is ‘changeable…modifiable’ (The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge MD, 2007)
The neural pathways that take messages to and from the brain can be altered, and new paths can be created. The latest brain research shows that our brain has the ability to change its function and structure through thought and activity, but only when it is in a state of openness, creativity and freedom from stress. Hypnotherapy allows you to reduce the levels of stress that occur in your body as a result of experiencing ongoing pain. (Neuro Orthopaedic Institute Australasia, August 2011)
The way we think is one of the most powerful influences on your mood and emotions. The lower our stress, the more we can generate positive thinking patterns that help neurotransmitters to produce your body’s natural ‘feel good’ chemicals. Which help to reduce the level of signal in your pain pathways. (CPA Australia www.chronicpainaustralia.org.au)
Research has shown that being able to refocus attention reduces pain for people in chronic pain. If our attention concentrating on a particular thing, there is less attention to be allocated to anything else. (CPA Australia)
The findings suggest that Hypnotherapy for chronic pain can create a long lasting (possibly permanent) change in the way the person and brain processes pain.
New sciences such as New Biology, Quantum Physics, and Molecular Science, all recognize that Hypnotherapy works with the whole person in a powerful way that harnesses the mind and body to achieve healing and transformation.
You can utilise hypnotherapy to break out of the prison of chronic pain. This will empower you and free you to find a way of engaging with life again. To move freely and comfortably, to become involved in your life and restart those things that you enjoy.
Multiple studies show that Hypnotherapy is an effective way to manage pain.
Hypnotherapy and it’s Effectiveness
According to the American Psychological Association (APA, which endorses hypnotism for pain management), hypnosis is “a set of techniques designed to heighten responsiveness to suggestions to alter one’s thoughts, feelings, behaviour, or physiological state.”
Hypnotherapy can greatly reduce the intensity of pain by tuning out certain thoughts, allowing the subconscious mind to take over and bringing a patient’s mind and body into a more connected state so you can begin to feel a sense of control.
Science has discovered that thoughts, emotions and physical movement create chemical reactions in our body, which either calm down our central nervous system or increase the intensity. By changing your response to pain and the way you think about pain, you can in fact change your pain state. Hypnotherapy is the answer.
Studies Show Hypnosis Brings Pain Relief To 75% Of Patients
Recently, 8 published studies by psychologists (APA) Guy Montgomery, PhD, Katherine DuHamel, PhD, and William Redd, PhD, showed that 75% of clinical and experimental participants with different types of pain experienced significant pain relief from hypnotherapy. Studies performed by David Patterson, PhD, and psychologist Mark Jensen, PhD, “indicate that hypnotic strategies are equivalent or more effective than other treatments for both acute and chronic pain, and they are likely to save both money and time for patients and clinicians.”
Evidence That Hypnosis Works for Pain Relief
Consider these facts for using Hypnotherapy as an effective way to manage pain:
A 1996 panel of the National Institutes of Health found hypnosis is able to significantly ease cancer pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and anxiety
Several studies published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis have shown that hypnotherapy can help patients with conditions like anxiety, back aches, burns, chemotherapy, nerve issues related to diabetes, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, Raynaud’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis
A 2003 study by Drs. Patterson and Jensen showed that hypnosis is able to decrease sensitivity to pain which significantly reduces the need for analgesics and reduces the occurrence of nausea and vomiting, and the length of hospital stays
If you or someone you know is suffering form Chronic Pain, please go to Reduce Pain session and use it now to start your recovery. We suggest you use it a few times over a few days to really embed the suggestions to regain your control and live a more comfortably and happy life.
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