Stress and anxiety are common side effects of pain and can even make the sensation feel worse. The way the mind responds to pain also links to the perception of physical sensations. Helping to reduce stress and change the thought patterns related to pain can therefore make a huge difference to pain perception.
For this, many opt for hypnotherapy. When clients are in guided hypnosis, they focus on relaxation and letting go of distracting thoughts. This temporarily tunes out the conscious part of your mind, opening up to the power of suggestion.
Rather than convincing clients that pain doesn’t exist, hypnosis for pain aims to manage any fear and anxiety they may have relating to the pain. It also helps to reduce stress and relax the nervous system to help it become less reactive to pain.
Hypnosis for pain also refocuses the mind away from the pain and onto something more pleasant. For example, I will ask clients to imagine that they are somewhere nice, like a beach. Using visualisation techniques they may be asked to describe the place in more detail. Thinking about what the sea looks like, the warmth of the sun and the feeling of sand between your toes will help to distract you from your pain.