The mind is considered the most powerful aspect of our humanity. It controls our emotions, our decisions, and our physical responses. These are the basic reasons why some people are able to control their reactions towards pain better than others. In this blog, I will share how we all respond to pain differently and how you can change your perception of pain.
Hypnosis is a technique that has been around for thousands of years. It is designed to work as a process to enhance your concentration and minimise all other distractions. Through hypnosis, your body can become more responsive to behavioural, psychological, and physical changes. During hypnosis, you will be calm and relaxed but still in total control of your mind and body.
Facts On Pain and Hypnosis
Before the discovery of anesthesia, the only way to successfully operate on patients was to put them under hypnosis to induce a calm and relax state of mind. The surgeon James Braid, dubbed the “Father of Hypnosis”, was able to operate on thousands of sick patients through this method. Over the years, as the medical field discovered the use of anesthesia, hypnosis was no longer the choice of pain management used in hospitals.
How Hypnosis Works On Pain Management
The success of hypnosis does not merely depend on the therapist. It also requires the client to be willing to go through the process. Recently, research was done on the connection between hypnosis and pain management. The research shows through fMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and PET (Positron Emission Tomography) results that, under hypnosis, a person’s brain functions effectively changes. The Anterior Cingulate Cortex, the area where emotions and pain are processed, are completely modulated. This means that the part of the brain which normally tells you that pain is a negative feeling is regulated effectively.
Hypnosis and pain management have been so successful that many mums-to-be use this method as part of the natural birthing process. In the United States, doctors are studying the effects of hypnosis on burn patients who suffer chronic and procedural pain.
Through hypnosis, anyone will be able to effectively conquer their pain. Whether you are suffering from back pain, or sciatic nerve damage, you will be able to manage your feelings and reaction better through various hypnotherapy tools and techniques. While we all experience pain in different ways, we can all benefit in harnessing the power of our minds to reduce and even eliminate pain responses.