If you’ve been suffering with pain for a long time, you’ll know just how distressing it can be.
Many people with long-term pain have sought help in many places but are still struggling, and often the cause of their persistent pain goes unexplained.
If you’ve been suffering with pain, hypnotherapy may be a good option for you. Pain is much more than a sensation we experience in our bodies, it’s also a psychological and emotional experience. We experience pain as whole person and as an individual – it’s not merely in a body part or in our brain. Our mind and body are not separate, and as such, we’re best helping the whole person who is experiencing the pain.
Whilst pain is protective, if it’s gone on for a long time, the original cause has either passed or presents no immediate threat to our well being, and yet the pain may continue. In other words, the pain no longer serves a a useful protective role. In effect it becomes over protective, preventing us from doing the things we want to do and leading our lives as we would wish to. Many people lose mobility and become socially isolated in these circumstances. All the while suffering emotionally. This concept of chronic pain has become central to our understanding as to why pain may persist. Of course this is far from the whole story. It certainly does not mean that there is never any other reason we experience chronic pain. Certain inflammatory processes are such examples but even in these states much can be done with psychological approaches to reduce suffering. It remains true that often the severity of pain that we experience relates poorly to tissue damage or the extent of it and the risk posed to our general health.