There’s an estimated 4.5 million adults in the UK suffering with chronic pain. Many feel helpless and hopeless, reluctant to take constant medication but are reliant on it in order to function. It is one of the greatest areas of patient need within the NHS.
If you feel reluctant to take long term medication to manage your pain, or are just interested in what else is out there then please consider hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy allows your mind to be ‘distracted’ from chronic pain. As an example you may be wearing shoes or a wrist watch while you read this, but you can’t feel them against your skin unless you focus your mind onto your feet or wrist. Over time your mind has learned to ‘turn off’ the sensation of those items against your skin and, in the same way, hypnotherapy can help your mind remove its focus on those areas of your body causing pain.
Hypnosis itself is a naturally occurring state of mind which can allow the conscious and unconscious mind to be more accessible and open to change. It’s a pleasant ‘daydream’ type state which everybody experiences almost on a daily basis, even if you don’t realise it at the time.
If you think hypnotherapy or hypnosis is probably ineffective for such things as pain relief, here are some tips published by the NHS …
“Practising relaxation techniques regularly can help to reduce persistent pain.”
“Shift your attention onto something else so the pain isn’t the only thing on your mind.”
These NHS suggestions are a form, of self-hypnosis, using your mind’s inbuilt ability to distract away from the sensations of chronic pain. As a professional hypnotherapist I can help you ‘re-tune’ your mind to achieve a state that will improve the quality of your life, free from pain.
Please be aware that it is essential that anyone considering consulting a hypnotherapist for support in managing a chronic pain condition should already have a formal diagnosis from a qualified medical practitioner.
Give me a call today on 0800 849 6389 for a free consultation where we can discuss your specific needs.
In the meantime, relax, be well and speak soon.
More NHS information / tips on managing chronic pain conditions are available on this