Have you or someone you know experienced phantom limb pain? have tried everything to to overcome the pain? or need day to day help in managing pain?
Through hypnosis i.e. the power of your own mind people have found hypnosis as a way of harmonising the mind (and therefore reprogramming it) to over come the pain. A number of strategies are employed using hypnosis for phantom limb pain, for example by using a mental mirror box and described how you see yourself and this can eradicate the pain. Another method is to use regression to “come to terms” with the pain where you can go back and release any subconscious emotions. Alternativly a displacement method could be used which works by substituting the pain to another more preferred area of the body where pain is not felt.
Pain management was one of the earliest and most evidential non medical treatments for managing pain and can be used to support medical treatments.
PTSD defines a traumatic event as one in which a person “experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others”. PTSD is marked by four types of responses to the trauma. First, patients repeatedly relive the event, either in the form of nightmares or flashbacks. Second, they seek to avoid any reminder of the traumatic event. Third, they feel constantly on edge. Fourth, they are plagued with negative thoughts and low mood.
There are many approaches to therapy, cognitive therapy combined with hypnotherapy allows reprocessing to enable closure of the metaphoric cupboard of memories to be reorganised.
In this third part of opinions on “why bother with hypnosis?” With so many therapeutic approaches you may ask what does Hypnotherapy have to offer that is unique either on its own or combined with other appraches? Pain management.
Hypnotherapy offers a unique as a form of pain management, utilising senses, feelings and cognitive suggestions to control pain both in acute, chronic and psychogenic causes (i.e. originating in the mind e.g. stress). The use of hypnotherapy in pain control has has been backed by evidence over hundreds of years and is the most evidential approach to pain control of all the psychotherapies.
Popular reasons for seeking hypnotherapy for pain control include:
1/ As a natural analgaesic or anesthetic such as during chilbirth, dental and surgical procedures where medication is not available, undesirable, or in conjunction with pain control drugs
2/ Where clients need an alternative to pain medication due to serious side effects. For example, a previous bad experience with pain inducing drugs such as during childbirth, allergies or phobias such as the use of needles
3/ In reducing the impact of pain associated with diagnosed or undiagnosed medical or psychological induced pain
4/ To eliminate or reduce reliance on pain control medication
5/ Psychogenic pain where there is no apparent cause or where emotional feelings trigger physical pain
Hypnotherapy can deepen and dissasociate from these type of pain scenarios allowing for natural management of pain as part of an overall treatment plan. This makes Hypnotherapy unique in comparison to other psychotherapeutic approaches that can be taught as well as used in pain clinics.
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This is first part of a series of opinions on “why bother with Hypnosis?”. With so many approaches to therapy it makes sense to ask what hypnotherapy has to offer that is unique on its own or in conjunction with other approaches.
Typically when we think about experiences and feelings we talk to ourselves or others in terms of say “I’m sad, i’m happy or angy etc.” or “I got angry because someone took my car park space” or “I feel guilty because I could have done better”. These thoughts and emotions form a useful expression of what is going on with us, which can then be used as a basis for solutioning with our inner self or friend and arriving at a state of “harmony”. So for example, we could tell ourselves “that you should not have got angry if someone took your parking space, because it is a waste of time and energy, and there were other spaces available anyway” which is quiet a direct way of trying to resolve a perceived issue or uncomfortable feeling, by talking your way out through reason. But sometimes, especially in dealing with more significant concerns analysis can be paralysis, talking may cause us to excessively spend time coming up with a solution that appears out of reach or even involve recriminations about ourselves and others and as much as we try, we cant seem to find one. When we try to force ourselves to stop we may either carry on regardless, or get frustrated with ourselves that we cant stop thinking, wasting both precious time and energy and just going round in circles.
For me, the senses add an important dimension to talking therapies allowing us, in parallel to thinking to feel senses as well. These senses may be what we physically feel in our body, what we imagine ourselves to be, or the reality of events either directly or metaphorically, and in those scenarios focusing on what the feelings we perceive when we see, hear, smell, taste and touch. These senses can help us understand our intuitive feelings and perceptions and ideal states either in the past, now or the future. It is these felt senses which an be explored within hypnotherapy, typically in a deeply relaxed state. Sometimes if we choose to take on the metaphorical idea of being bodily light, being on top of a mountain, seeing things from above, visualising success, learning from a past peceived failure we can change how we perceive ourselves, people, situations and the environment. Through senses I have found it is possible for clients to allow themselves to indirectly calm their talking mind and use the felt senses to arrive at a solution, using these sensed feelings as a way of revisiting perception and attitude towards challenges and solutions that “talking” sometimes cannot do on its own. Utilising hypnotherapy, these states are “suggested”, “post suggested” or “autosuggested” which, if taken on as desired state, can take on a whole new personal meaning, lifting the human spirit and stirs the individuals personal drive, motivation, resources or what ever you want to call it. Do you sense (imagine) or do you think hypnotherapy could be useful to you?