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.
When you tell your doctor you’re in pain, your doctor can’t measure that pain. They have to ask you how to describe it on a scale. That’s because pain is subjective. Unique to the person experiencing it. And since pain is subjective, you can exert control over it. I’ll help you.
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 and dial down the volume on it.
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 can help.
People in the UK living with pain for more than three months
- 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