Hypnosis has been used as a method of pain management throughout history. It was used on battlefields throughout history where no anaesthetic was available. Surgical and dental operations using hypnosis are performed all around the world every day. The two most common applications of hypnosis in pain
reduction are hypnoanalgesia (the use of hypnosis to decrease sensitivity to pain) and hypnoanaesthesia
(the use of hypnosis to numb sensation of pain).
|Hypnotherapy can be a powerful way of managing:
- Acute Pain
- Chronic Pain
- Phantom Limb Pain
- Tension Headaches
- Cancer Pain
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Pain associated with invasive procedures
- Treatments such as burn dressing changes
- Myofascial Pain
- Post-operative pain - where traditional painkillers aren't appropriate, perhaps because the person is afraid of needles or allergic to medication.
It is important to note that I do not use hypnosis to treat pain unless the cause of that pain has been diagnosed by a medical practitioner who has then given permission for hypnosis use.
Pain is the body's way of telling us that something is wrong and could point to a more serious underlying condition, for example, persistent headaches or earache could be symptomatic of a brain tumour. If treatment were given before the root cause of the pain was known,this could potentially lead to a delay in diagnosing the brain tumour. However, if the underlying cause has been established and your G.P. has approved the use of hypnosis, it can be extremely beneficial.
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