Hypnosis and Pain

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This post kicks off my series about hypnosis and pain management. A lot of people just don’t know that hypnosis is an option for pain control. If more people did, I’m sure that it would be preferred, at least by some people, to continuing to up doses of pain meds, which can have a lot of side effects.

Important: pain should always be checked out by a doctor to ensure that any underlying condition is appropriately diagnosed and treated. I can help you reduce or eliminate pain that has been determined by your doctor to be safe to reduce or eliminate.

 Throughout this series I will be referring to Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management: Therapist Guide by Mark P. Jensen, which is my main source of pain hypnosis information beyond my personal experience. I highly recommend it to any hypnotist who is interested in working with pain.


Pain is Complicated


The first thing to understand about pain is that there is no singular “pain center” of the brain. There are multiple interacting factors that go into the way that we experience pain, and Dr. Jensen refers to them as a “pain matrix”. 


 How Hypnosis Interacts With The Pain Matrix


The experience of pain is created in multiple interacting parts of the nervous system, and hypnosis can act on all of them.


Hypnosis can alter chemical and inflammatory processes

Hypnotic analgesia can also influence nervous system activity in the spinal cord

Hypnotic analgesia can also precisely target and act on the way that pain signals are being processed in the brain.

Hypnosis can calm the entire body, which tends to have a positive effect on the experience of pain.

Hypnosis can harness neuroplasticity in the service of pain reduction, rather than pain increase.

Hypnosis can address the emotional suffering accompanying pain, which can reduce the experience of pain.


Why Am I Telling You This? 


Two main reasons:

1) Most hypnotists, when working with pain, only address one or two of these factors, when addressing more or all of them could be incredibly powerful. Information is power.  

2) Most pain clients aren’t yet aware of the factors that go into their experience of pain, and how hypnosis can help.


So I hope this does help! 


Please if you have any questions or comments, send them along to me. My email address is right at the top of this page, and my phone line is available to you as well if you would like to discuss hypnosis as a possible way of addressing pain or anything else. I hold sessions in my office in Davenport, Iowa, and I also take sessions online. 


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