Chronic pain management with hypnotherapy
Chronic pain is pain that persists for more than six months. When left untreated or without adequate treatment, it can cause both emotional and physical suffering. There are estimates of 11 million people in the United Kingdom suffering from chronic pain.
Many years ago I developed a chronic pain condition. After major surgery, a myriad of different medications, physiotherapy and many other treatments, I felt helpless; nothing really seemed to help. I still had huge pain but now I felt that it was untreatable and that I had no control over it. It seemed such a huge part of me that it almost defined me; I seemed to have to live my life around it and I grieved my former life.
In my desperation I began to look at alternative therapies and it was then that I discovered advanced hypnotherapy. When I first learnt about it, I have to admit that I was sceptical. However I was desperate, nothing had helped apart from medication that left me feeling sleepy, foggy and unable to live a full life. The drugs came with so many side effects that I found them difficult to take at the levels I needed. Other treatments seemed to make the pain worse.
After just one session of hypnotherapy I began to see a difference and after a few more I found that I was able to control my pain levels effectively. I felt so strongly about the power of this method that I decided to train as an advanced hypnotherapist.
If you are one of these 11 million, hypnotherapy may help you too. There are now a significant number of controlled studies around chronic pain control with hypnosis to show that it is an effective treatment.
Advanced hypnotherapy works in a way that fits the individual way. It gives them control of their pain levels through hypnotic induction, visualisation and posthypnotic suggestion. The intention of this type of hypnosis is to offer the individual a method that they can use beyond the course of treatment and includes teaching the method of self-hypnosis.
Chronic pain is complex and it is thought that it may have many contributing factors including physical and emotional responses. I know that when I am stressed, my pain is worse. The most important thing that I have learnt is that more than anything else, I am in control of my pain and many clients have told me that this is their experience as well.
Chronic pain often needs a variety of different approaches to help manage it effectively. Hypnosis is a viable, complementary option and considering its lack of side effects - it is an attractive route to take. I have found a high rate of effectiveness among my hypnotherapy clients and for myself.
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About Claire McDonough
A fully qualified Advanced Hypnotherapist, Counsellor and trainer based in Clitheroe Lancashire.
Her career has been spent in different areas of mental health and wellbeing. She uses a range of techniques including Advanced Hypnotherapy, Person Centred Counselling, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Gestalt Therapy and Transactional Analysis.