Hypnosis for pain treatment is becoming increasingly popular. Not only are operations now often performed under hypnosis in various hospitals, hypnosis can also be very helpful for patients with chronic pain.

Individual pain

So there is no such thing as "the pain", but rather a processing in the brain. However, this is not always consistent.

There are dull, throbbing, stabbing, burning and many other types of pain. Depending on how the pain arises or develops, it can also change or even radiate and move to other places.

Emotions in the perception of pain

Just like the perception of pain, the reaction to it is also different. Some people get angry when in pain, others cower away. Either way, prolonged pain saps your strength.

Our mood can also affect our perception of pain. Pain is experienced more strongly in depression, for example.

Pain can be changed

So pain can be changed. This means that we can change it with the right techniques. One of the best ways to change the sensation of pain is hypnosis. Hypnotic trance includes phenomena such as analgesia and anesthesia, which can be used.

One of the best ways to change the sensation of pain is hypnosis.

What can I expect from pain therapy with hypnosis?

Hypnotherapy can relieve acute pain and reduce chronic pain. For the client, this means that the pain can subside during the first treatment or even that complete freedom from pain can occur. Negative feelings and expectations about the pain can also disappear. The sensation of pain is directly reduced in the hypnotic trance.

What pain does hypnosis help with?

Hypnosis for pain can help with all types of pain. This includes, for example

Caution: Pain treatments with hypnosis should only be carried out if the symptoms have been clarified by a doctor.

Are you in pain?

Time and again in my practice in Zurich, I see pain patients being let down by orthodox medicine after a certain period of time. Perhaps you have already heard one of the standard phrases:

Such statements from doctors can be very demoralizing. However, you should not give up hope.

Fortunately, there are still hypnotherapists who can deal with the problem when other treatments have not (fully) worked. If you don't want to simply live with the pain, hypnotherapy may be the right choice.

How does pain arise?

All pain originates in the brain.

No matter where the pain receptors detect the injury, they transmit the signals to the brain via the spinal cord.

There, the signals are then interpreted as pain. This does not happen in one specific place, but affects many areas of the brain. For example, emotions and memory are also activated. This is clear because the aim of pain is always to avoid the trigger.

Even if the pain is perceived differently: It is very real for those affected.

Interesting: Because all pain originates in the brain, the brain itself is insensitive to pain.

Hypnosis helps when other treatments have not (fully) worked.

Pain therapy with hypnosis

The effect of hypnosis on pain is one of the best-researched areas of hypnosis. The effect of hypnosis for pain reduction is now even used in hospitals to perform operations without anesthesia. Pain can therefore be largely or even completely eliminated with hypnosis.

Although this is designed to have a short-term effect and the pain returns after a certain time, it is a good example of what is possible with hypnosis.

A holistic approach is used in hypnotherapy for pain in order to maintain the pain-relieving effect for longer or permanently. The more we incorporate the client's entire experience, the better the chances of success.

After the preliminary talk, the trance part of the treatment begins:

Step 1: Relieve acute pain

The first step is usually to free the client from acute pain, if there is any. The sensation of pain can be reduced in the trance. In this way, the client can fully engage with the treatment. It can also be very important to experience that the pain can change and that an improvement is possible.

We can also use this feeling of freedom from pain. We can expand it or let it wander, just as we need it. Sometimes it also helps if we assign a color or shape to the freedom from pain so that our unconscious can remember it better. A kind of mnemonic bridge for freedom from pain.

Step 2: Individual pain treatment

Pain therapy is most effective when it is tailored to our personal experience. In this step, I let the aspects related to the pain flow into your trance. In doing so, we release the entire pain complex. Emotions, beliefs and hopes can come into play here.

We also listen to the unconscious signals that can play a role in pain. These can be very individual, but it is important to listen. Sometimes backgrounds come to light that would never have been discovered without hypnosis. However, these are all the more important if we want to heal the pain completely. If the pain acts as a signal, it is all the more important to understand it.

It can also be important to focus on a pain-free future, as pain patients often can no longer imagine a life without pain. In this way, we show the unconscious alternatives for the future and can align our work accordingly.

The more aspects of the experience we include, the greater the chance of successful hypnotic treatment of the pain. Furthermore, we reduce the possibility of a relapse if we become aware of the background.

Step 3: Forget pain

An interesting possibility that only hypnotic trance offers is amnesia. Forgetting usually happens on its own, but it can also be induced intentionally with hypnosis.

If someone has lived with pain for a long time, it may have left its mark on many areas of their life. In order to live pain-free again, it is often necessary to forget the pain. The pain memory, which always leads back to the pain, is erased in this way.

The expectation, or even the fear, that the pain will return can also be removed in this way. This means that the quality of life is no longer restricted in any way by the pain.

Conclusion on pain therapy with hypnosis:

Hypnosis is very suitable for treating pain. The unique possibilities of hypnotic trance can also open up new treatment options for long-term pain patients.

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