One thing people of all ages share in common are a desire to not feel pain. No one enjoys suffering from pain. Not only does physical pain hurt but also it can affect a person on a psychological level as well as affecting a person socially and decreasing a person’s quality of life. Parents do not want to see their children suffer with pain and no one wants to see a loved one in pain. Acupuncture and hypnosis are two forms of natural therapies that are being used more and more by the medical community to help relieve pain in those suffering from a variety of health conditions.
Pain is very complex and it is a complete experience that involves many elements. Pain is a sensation that is physical and this is then connected to an emotion such as anger, anxiety, depression, fear, et cetera. Next comes a thought that accompanies the pain such as, “Ouch that really hurts!” or “When is this going to be over?” or “I cannot take this any longer!” Finally there is a behavior that occurs to help relieve the pain such as taking a pill, laying down, putting a cold cloth on one’s head and so on. When pain is in its purest form, which is to say when it is only physical and there is no emotional element and no thinking element then it does not cause a person to suffer as much and it is easier to tolerate. Unfortunately this type of pain happens only part of the time.
While acupuncture helps to relieve some of the physical pain that accompanies many health conditions, hypnosis works to alleviate some of the emotional suffering by tapping into the subconscious mind. The emotional element of physical pain is often referred to as “emotional overlay” and the emotional side can often cause the physical pain to be worse. As well the emotional overlay can sometimes interfere with an effective course of pain relieving treatment.
Hypnosis can seek to both help the “sensory” component of pain which is to say the physical side of pain, as can acupuncture while hypnosis can also address the “emotional overlay” component. If you choose to use hypnosis in conjunction with acupuncture or just to seek hypnosis alone as a form of pain relieving treatment always look for a licensed health professional and verify his or her credentials before you begin treatments.
The “sensory” component of pain can be helped by the use of general hypnosis as well as relaxation techniques, imagery techniques and individualized hypnotic analgesia. An other option is to take the time to learn self -hypnosis so you can continue to help yourself at home on your own time. If you learn self-hypnosis then you can induce the hypnotic state for yourself and thereby regularly find an effective escape from the state of pain.
The “emotional overlay” component can be relieved by way of working with a professional to modify thinking patterns that have become negative and self-defeating to your health and well-being. Both hypnosis and “Waking State Reframing” can be done to help an individual learn how best to cope with their problems.