Pain can be defined as an unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. This sensation contains both physiological and psychological elements. It often results in a lack of enthusiasm and energy. People feel exhausted and emotionally distressed. This sensation can negatively affect work, home, and social relationships.
When the body is injured, it releases hormones that signal the brain that something is wrong. The brain interprets this signal as pain, and notifies the person of the injury. The individual then responds to the painful signal, and acts to relieve it. Sometimes, however, the brain receives a painful signal when there is no physical injury. This can occur when the sensation has a psychological, rather than a physical, cause.
One way to relieve painful sensations is by using medications. Non-narcotic medications, such as Tylenol or Aspirin, prevent cells from releasing chemicals responsible for notifying the brain of painful stimuli. Narcotic painkillers, in comparison, directly connect to neurons in the brain and tell them that the problem has already been resolved. Narcotics, such as morphine and codeine, can be very addictive and create dependence problems in those who use them for long periods as pain management tools.
The body also releases substances known as endorphins. These are natural
painkillers released by the brain's cells that tell the body that it does not
ache. Runners, for example, release endorphins when they run long distances;
this is the source of the "runner's high" often discussed by those who
are running enthusiasts. People who enjoy participating in other sports
experience a similar endorphin release. Sometimes, athletes are able to run or
play in spite of an injury because of the presence of these endorphins in their
Another way to treat painful experiences is by using distraction, or guided
imagery. People are instructed to focus on an image or to imagine a secure and
comfortable place that offers freedom from the hurt they are experiencing.
Alternatively, music or other activities can be used to provide this
distraction. These techniques are often used with persons experiencing chronic
lower back pain.
People can also experience a reprieve by using hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic
programming techniques. These natural pain relief techniques can allow
people to obtain relief from various disabling conditions, including migraines
and other chronic, debilitating headaches or throbbing neck pain. Many people
are able to significantly limit, or completely eradicate their use of
medications by using these techniques.
Traditional hypnosis pain alleviation techniques work most effectively for
people who are open to post-hypnotic suggestions. A trained consulting hypnotist
assists the client to enter a deep state of relaxation. While in this state, the
client is acutely aware of the suggestions being offered by the therapist.
The consulting hypnotist may suggest that the client focus on other activities
or tasks, and that change of focus will diminish any feeling of discomfort. In
fact, the mere use of the word discomfort during a hypnotic session versus the
use of the word pain can radically reduce any sensation of pain. Many clients
achieve excellent results, and they can be taught to practice self-hypnosis for
pain relief to gain personal control of their situation.
More analytical clients generally require either an Ericksonian
hypnotherapeutic approach, or an NLP approach in order to bypass their conscious
resistance to suggestion.
pain treatment approach can also be used to program the brain to release
endorphins, which can induce a state of light anesthesia, which is referred to
as analgesia. This state can also be used to assist women to experience natural
childbirth without the use of drugs that may harm the infant. It also helps to
provide natural arthritis pain relief in long-term sufferers.
Hypnosis can also be used to induce a state of complete anesthesia in a
percentage of the population. This is referred to in medical literature as
hypnoanesthesia. In days before general anesthesia became widely available to
patients, many surgeons performed major surgery under hypnoanesthesia.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) can be used to assist people who tend
to think critically or analytically. Professionals assist clients to perfect a
very useful technique utilized by NLP, known as the 'Flash'. The Flash allows
clients to train their unconscious mind to automatically divert away from a
painful sensation, and to focus on thoughts that will create relaxation and
comfort. People who have mastered this skill find that they are no longer able
to focus on the pain, because their minds instantly exchange it for thoughts
that produce comfort.
Both NLP and hypnosis are technologies that offer entirely natural methods of
pain relief. They assist people to avoid using pain medication or decrease their
dependence on these drugs. Both persons who are very suggestible and those who
are critical thinkers can benefit from these types of programs. Furthermore,
both have demonstrated high levels of effectiveness in helping people to
experience respite from their pain.
Today there are many options available for receiving this type of help.
Professionals routinely charge from $150.00 to $200.00 per hour. Anyone who has
sought out this type of treatment will tell you that the money spent was well
worth it. However, another more affordable course of treatment may be to
consider one of the high quality hypnosis CD programs that are available.
Summary: People experience both physical and psychological pain. Many
treatments are available, including narcotic and non-narcotic pain medications,
as well as guided imagery and distraction techniques. The most consistently
effective methods of relieving painful stimuli, however, are NLP and
list of the common uses of hypnosis.
© 2008 By Alan B. Densky, CH. This
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Alan B. Densky, CH has been helping
people with self hypnosis pain management since 1978. A well-known authority in
the hypnotherapy field, he offers pain
management hypnosis & NLP CDs and free self
hypnosis resources on his Neuro-VISION website