Hypnotic Pain Control
Much research into pain, how it is felt and how the brain interprets pain has been done and the recent findings show that hypnotic pain control is not a placebo effect but has a neurological action that explains it effectiveness. Hypnosis can impact on pain by affecting a number of different neurophysiological processes that make up the pain matrix rather than by influencing a single mechanism or process. Under hypnosis, pain is impacted in the following ways:
Unpleasantness component of pain
Perception of severity, cognitive processing of pain
Amelioration of pain – if we can turn pain intensity up, we can also turn intensity down
Teaching Self-hypnosis and therefor self-analgesia
Increasing feelings of well-being which involve emotional processing of pain.
Pain has many parts to it, not just what is felt but it also has an emotional, cognitive and behavioural aspect to it. Normal worry about pain may lead someone to thinking that there are only certain ways of solving the pain problem – for example, medications. When this does not solve the problem, this can result in more worry, stress and fear of the pain.
Hypnosis and/or counselling can help with an approach that will be as individual as your pain you and are. In consultation I will encourage you to look at improving your coping skills, goals and expectations for treatment.