Stress is more and more widely recognised for playing a significant role in physical illness such as chronic pain. The reduction and management of this stress has now become more important than ever in treating various medical conditions. One way you can do this is by using hypnosis for pain relief.
Types of chronic pain
Chronic pain refers to pain that has lasted for months or even years. It can be ongoing, continuous or episodic. The levels of pain can vary from mild to excruciating.
It is different from acute pain. Acute pain usually signals an injury or immediate physical problem and will subside when the injury/problem has been treated.
Chronic pain may persist as a result of an initial injury, or it may be connected with an ongoing condition or illness. Sometimes there is no clear cause of the pain.
Regardless, chronic pain can be very debilitating, limiting and restrictive, affecting all areas of life.
The link between stress and pain
Our body’s response to pain is the same as to stress: our muscles tense, our heart rate increases, our blood pressure rises, and so on. We may want to tense the area that hurts in an effort to brace the ‘injury’ and prevent further damage being done.
While this reaction may be useful for a broken arm, it is less helpful when dealing with chronic pain.
In addition, there is often an emotional element to our pain, especially if we have been suffering for a long time. This negative and emotional state causes us further to feel stressed and depressed, keeping the stress response switched on.
How to cope with chronic pain
The key here is relaxation. As we relax, our heart rate and blood pressure decrease, our muscles relax and we stop producing stress hormones.
Our sense of well-being and happiness increases, and we effectively feel less pain.
How hypnosis relieves pain
If you are wondering ‘can hypnosis relieve pain?’ The answer is yes. It is very helpful in chronic pain management. In fact, hypnosis can be used as an anaesthetic when undergoing dental work and has even been used for major surgery in countries like Belgium for many years.
Hypnotherapy has also been shown to have a positive effect on post-operative recovery times.
Hypnotherapy can help manage chronic pain by helping to relax muscles and switch off the stress response in the brain. When relaxed, we can then start producing more of the needed neurotransmitter serotonin, which has a very beneficial effect on pain relief.
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