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Pain control

The meaning of pain

Have you ever noticed in icy weather how you feel warmer when you actually stop crunching up your shoulders and gritting your teeth?

Pain, resistance to pain and fear of pain. These are what we work with. Pain is a very complex experience that has some physical components, some emotional components and — most surprisingly of all — some cultural components. We learn to feel pain for certain things and in certain ways. And what we learn we can unlearn.

You must tell your doctor if you’re in pain. Hypnotherapy is not a medical treatment and cannot help the underlying causes of pain. However, it can help manage the stress and psychological aspects of living with pain. That’s because how we react to pain is subjective, unique to the person experiencing it. And since pain is subjective, you can exert control over how you experience it.

How do you say pain?

The experience of pain is influenced by culture and even language. The British “Ow!” is indignant. The French “Aïe!” more anxious. What effect do you imagine our anger has on our experience of pain? 

Under hypnosis you will reframe your attitudes to pain.

The numbers

If you’ve been living with pain then you’re not the only one. A little under half the UK population will be affected by chronic pain, according to the British Pain Society.

The ratio gets much higher in the older age groups, with around 62% of people over 75 living with chronic pain. The good news is, hypnotherapy has been demonstrated as effective for some kinds of chronic pain (Elkins et al, 2007).

A meta-analysis of 13 clinical studies found that: “hypnosis interventions consistently produce significant decreases in pain associated with a variety of chronic-pain problems’.

The study went on to say that, in addition, “hypnosis was generally found to be more effective than non-hypnotic interventions such as attention, physical therapy, and education”.

  • 43% of UK adults diagnosed with “chronic” pain
  • 14.3% of UK population say their pain is disabling
  • 62% of over-75 year-olds living with pain

People in the UK living with pain for more than three months

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