There are many causes of long-term or chronic pain. If you are experiencing pain, the starting point is to investigate what is causing it by seeking advice from your doctor or other medical professional.
The pain you are experiencing may have been pinpointed as a result of a medical condition, but sometimes there is not always an obvious cause. In either case the pain is very real and can be very debilitating.
When suffering with pain it can affect all areas of your life and interfere with your ability to do the things you need and want to do. Even low levels of pain can affect daily life, leaving us feeling miserable and making everyday day tasks difficult.
What is chronic pain?
Pain is our body sending a message to the brain to take action. In the immediate, it might be to quicky remove our hand from something hot or sharp. In the short-term it might be to get a plaster or take some pain medication for a headache.
Chronic pain is more complicated and can be difficult to treat. Research indicates that persistent pain may have physical, psychological, emotional and neurological elements involved. Often a variety of approaches may be needed to help lessen the pain and reduce the sensations and suffering it can cause.
Hypnotherapy is a complimentary approach that can help you to relax and become less reactive to the pain. As well as helping to reduce the symptoms of pain it can also help to reduce the associated stress and anxiety commonly experienced alongside the pain that can exacerbate the symptoms.
Symptoms of chronic pain may include:
• Difficulty concentrating
• Feeling miserable or depressed
• Sleep disturbances
• Anxious thoughts
• Decreased self-esteem
• Decreased appetite
• Mood swings
• Difficulty functioning at work
• Lack of motivation to exercise
• Lack of interest in social activities
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help
Scientific evidence has proved hypnotherapy can help with reducing pain. A 2017 study at the University of Utah Hospital found patients who received hypnosis had a 29% reduction in pain.
Please get in touch if you would like to find out how Hypnotherapy can help you start feeling more able to cope, more relaxed and able to enjoy life.
Together we can work on how you want your life to be, moving towards a more positive future.