Pain is one of the greatest burdens in modern society. Whilst pain can be helpful, as it alerts us to a potential problem, it can remain long after medical help has been sought.
Stress and anxiety are common side effects of pain and can even make the sensation feel worse. The way the mind responds to pain also links to the perception of physical sensations; when we are in pain our bodies tense up. This serves only to exacerbate the situation, continuing the cycle of stress, tension, fear and, ultimately, even more pain. Helping to reduce stress and change the thought patterns related to pain can make a significant difference to pain perception.
Whatever our pain or its cause, there is hope. Seeking physical treatment to address a physical problem is a necessary first step to help with pain’s many symptoms. Once we have done this there may still be pain, which can then be helped by engaging the brain in the right way, using the healing potential of our own mind. Inside each of us is the ability to successfully manage our pain and reduce associated discomfort. We might simply need help tapping into that potential. With a reduction in pain, we are better able to live life in the way our inner potential suggests we ought to. We can:
- Increase our mobility
- Gain control over the way we think and feel
- Experience a renewed sense of freedom and strength
How hypnotherapy can help
Hypnotherapy can achieve results in the management, reduction and alleviation of pain. Rather than being convinced that our pain does not exist, the aim is to manage any fear and anxiety we may have relating to it. Hypnotherapy also helps to reduce stress and relax the nervous system to help it become less reactive to pain.