Helping reduce chronic pain with hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy can help the sufferers of pain and including pain experienced during childbirth. In the case of Chronic pain, it is a message that is transmitted to the brain that contains a redundant message. This is compared to the acute pain that tells us to take our finger away from the candle. When our brain recognises that the message has no value. Then we can control it.
Cathy uses a Solution Focused approach which has helped many pain suffers. She comments 'We work together through guided hypnotic sessions. The hypnosis helps to change the way you perceive the pain messages and as a result helps to reduce the intensity of the pain you are feeling'. This can be life changing for people who live with constant pain. We all appreciate that stress levels and pain are unarguably linked and during the relaxing sessions client can refocus their attention away from the pain.
An article in WEBMD explains why hypnotherapy helps the pain sufferer.
In articles published by Cancer Research UK it highlights how hypnotherapy can help those with cancer.
Following an extensive review of the existing literature on hypnotherapy, a special committee commissioned by the British Medical Association formally concludede that: ‘In addition to the treatment of psychiatric disabilities, there is a place for hypnotism in the production of anaesthesia or analgesia for surgical and dental operations, and in suitable subjects it is an effective method of relieving pain in childbirth without altering the normal course of labour.’ (BMA, ‘Medical use of hypnotism’, BMJ, 1955, vol. I, 190-193)