is a sign that something is wrong somewhere in the body
or the mind. It is a clue that something needs attention.
Ignoring pain does not make it go away.
pain is brief: bumping your shin on a table in the dark
hurts, but usually the pain goes away in a relatively
short time. Other pain is more persistent: a migraine
headache or a strained muscle that doesn't heal quickly.
other pain, associated with surgery or other medical
treatment or the long-term consequences of illness,
can be extensive and long-lasting. The pain may never
completely disappear, but is of greater or lesser strength.
can help you deal with the fear of pain as well as the
pain itself. With guided imagery and relaxation techniques,
you can learn to manage pain in a new way. Working with
your hypnotherapist, you can gain the skills to control
your own responses to pain when it occurs.
hypnotherapist will want to be in contact with the appropriate
physician while you are receiving care. As partners,
they can better provide for your needs. The physician
may have access to information that will be helpful
to the hypnotherapist. No one wants to treat a headache
only to find out there was a more serious problem later!
Talk with your physician about using hypnosis.
knowing what is wrong can make a person fearful. Different
opinions, endless tests, one more blood draw: all of
these can make a person resistant to any new thing.
Hypnosis can help an individual deal with the uncertainty
that comes with not knowing the cause of the pain. It
can also help to deal with guilt, anger, or other emotional
fallout when an accident is the source of the pain.
though pain is uncomfortable, for some people it is
proof of being alive. At least there still some kind
of feeling, no matter how negative. Hypnosis can help
in these situations to diminish the pain to tolerable
levels. A person can even learn to turn the pain off.
Once that kind of control is experienced, there is more
freedom in living a more normal life where pain may
be present, but is no longer the sole focus of one's
existence. Hypnosis is a valuable tool in modifying
how we think and short-circuiting the patterns that
can get us stuck.