When the pressures of everyday life weigh down on us, we can easily be prey to high –level stress. Stress doesn’t only have an emotional impact on someone’s life. It can cause physical pain as well.
Stress and pain are closely linked together. Each one has an impact on the other. Pain can cause stress or being stressed can worsen feelings of pain, creating a vicious cycle. One of the best ways to break that cycle is hypnosis.
Hypnosis – What is it all about?
When it comes to hypnosis, even at this day and age, there are still many who have misconceptions about this course of therapy. Medical or clinical hypnosis is not about mind control; instead, it is an altered state of awareness which is used by therapists to treat a number of psychological and physical problems – including pain.
During the treatment, the conscious part of the brain will be temporarily turned off and the client will be encouraged to focus on relaxation. Once your mind lets go of distraction and focuses on the treatment, you are able to harness one of the most powerful parts of the brain to help you towards healing. It is also during this time that you are open to suggestions, and getting to specific goals such as reducing the pain and stress that you feel.
How Hypnosis Can Benefit You
Pain is regulated by the nervous system and the brain plays a key role in how we perceive pain. The brain is always trying to inhibit pain signals, but if you’re stressed, the brain’s ability to filter these pain signals is disrupted and pain can be increased.
That’s when hypnosis comes in. When the mind is in deeper level of relaxation, the mind becomes focused and concentrated and becomes more powerful in terms of control. You, then, are able to manage pain sensations. With hypnotherapy, you will develop a better understanding of the conditions that have contributed to the stress and can make changes to your way of living to better deal with stressful conditions in the future.
There are a number of ways that hypnosis can help you manage pain. Research suggests that hypnosis is effective in controlling acute and chronic pain. In 2003, a study by Dr. Patterson and psychologist Mark Jensen, PhD, found that hypnosis is able to decrease sensitivity to pain – known as hypno-analgesia. They further found that hypno-analgesia provides significant reduction in how a person perceives pain, the need to use pain relievers, nausea and vomiting, as well as the length of hospital stay.
For hundreds of years, hypnosis was the only way to overcome pain in certain medical settings (for example, a surgery). Today, some surgeons are using hypnotherapy as a step further in dealing with patients who fear pain or those who are worried about using anesthetics. It is also a good alternative for post surgery recovery in providing pain relief.
In most studies, hypnotherapy was found to be more effective for some types of chronic pain than some other treatments, such as physical therapy or medications. Hypnotic suggestions was also proven to achieve analgesic effect and other benefits such as reduced anxiety, improved sleep, and improved quality of life.