It is said that pain relief is the number two easiest effect that can be instilled through hypnosis (number one being cessation of habits and phobias.) The sensation of pain may also be classified as a habit.
I looked for a definition of pain to include here, and found that pain may be beyond description, as the definitions went on, and on, and on. The following adapted outtake perhaps best states where a hypnotist can intervene.
With pain, either imprinting or conditioning for transmitting, is stamped into the pain pathways, creating a memory of the pain that replaces the normal memory: thus the feeling of reoccurring pain.
Hypnosis is the epitome of mind-body medicine. It can enable the mind to tell the body how to react, and modify the messages that the body sends to the mind ~ Jane Brody
A hypnotist works with the subconscious mind, where all memories are stored. All visions, sounds, tasted, smells and feelings (experiences) stored are used by the subconscious to determine the next course of action to be taken to respond to a situation. Once a response is rationalized and accepted it becomes an easily accessed habit, a quick response, to a given or similar situation. The more the response is utilized the more ingrained the habit becomes.
In order to help the subconscious to create change, the hypnotist must bypass the critical factor of the conscious mind, which wants to analyze and criticize any suggestion that its habitual course of action may be wrong or in need of change. Our ego always wants to protect us. It’s gotten us this far in life and we’re still alive. Through relaxation, the hypnotist can get the conscious mind to step back and allow the subconscious to reanalyze and record new perceived courses of action.
Hypnosis is a tool used to tune the mind using the mind’s own innate power to change and cope. Hypnosis itself does not create change. It’s the realizations and conclusions of the subconscious mind, and the new habits and choices which result, that produce new behavior and effect the desired goals.
The skill of the hypnotists is to use conversation which allows the client’s mind to make its own new interpretations and decisions that lead to new actions which replace the old undesired reactions. Through setting goals and envisioning their attainment and reinforcing these perceived goals being fulfilled, a client may obtain permanent change.
In working with pain, a hypnotist may choose from a variety of metaphors in conversation to bring forth the desired change of feeling. One example is using the memory of the feeling of numbness created when one might have reached into a bucket or cooler of ice to fetch a favorite drink, working to find the correct container as the hand gets more and more numb until that hand was completely numb. Remembering that feeling now creates a feeling that can be recreated, or transferred to any area of the body that the mind decides to allow to be numb and free of discomfort.
Remember, the hypnotists can never control the client. The client always has complete control while in hypnosis. The client is more aware of what is happening while in hypnosis than when not. The idea of being in a sleep state derives from that visual appearance of the sleep state in a hypnotized person and the slowed down rhythms (relaxation) of the subject.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind ~ William James
Hypnosis has a lot of history with pain relief and is currently moving forward to assist in filling a void. Hypnosis has been utilized for health improvement through all of recorded history. The ancient Egyptians had their temples of sleep, and the Greeks their shrines of healing. Sleep temples were hospitals of sorts, healing a variety of ailments, perhaps many of them psychological in nature. Treatment involved chanting, placing the patient into a trance-like or hypnotic state, and analyzing their dreams in order to determine treatment.
British Surgeon James Esdalie, in the early 1800’s, before the invention of chloroform, reported on 345 major operations using nothing but hypnosis for anesthesia. In 1958 the American Medical Association approved of hypnosis for medical and dental use.
One of the biggest challenges of today’s medical community is pain control and its common problems and complications for physicians, clinicians as well as patients. According to the American Pain Society, about 23 million surgeries occur in the US annually with only about one in four patients receiving adequate pain relief. Annually, Americans sustain about 65 million traumatic injuries including two million burns. About 800,000 new cases of cancer occur annually in the U.S alone, and only about 30% of cancer patients with get adequate pain relief.
Hypnosis is a tool used to tune the mind to its own innate power to change and cope. Hypnosis itself does not cause change. It’s the realizations and conclusions of the subconscious mind, and the new habits and choices which result that produce new behavior and effect the desired goals.
Research shows 30% to 70% of patients use alternative or complementary therapies for pain relief. As many as 57% of physicians report a willingness to refer patients for complementary therapies, but only 28% actually do.
Physicians are generally taught that their tools include pharmacotherapy, surgery, psychotherapy, and physical therapy. They need to create an internal habit of their own of offering other modalities for alleviating pain. Physicians can better participate in pain management by referring to complementary therapies.
The side effects of medications may include constipation, nausea and vomiting, sleepiness, slowed breathing and more of such. The side effects of hypnosis: sleep better, feel better, decreased stress, decreased pain, better quality of life, increased self-esteem and self-confidence.
Pain sufferers today are making new choices, not just looking to prescriptions of drugs to relieve pain. People are concerned about long-term effects and are seeking more pleasant and long lasting solutions. With the mind being most readily available tool, make it your choice to create change. Hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy to be used with your physician’s approval and in conjunction your treatment plan.
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