Pain Management

Here at the Hypnosis Management Center we can reduce your level of pain once the level is established.  Pain is 75% emotional and only 25% physical.  Keeping this in mind, plus the fact that 80% of human behavior is controlled by the subconscious mind, hypnotherapy can help you reach into your subconscious mind and minimize the level of pain you are experiencing.

Here is a simple chart that will help you determine the level of pain you are feeling.

Applications and Techniques

Hypnotherapeutic methods for achieving pain relief are numerous.  Effectiveness can vary and the choice may depend on the condition and personality of the patient.  Suggestions may be direct or indirect, interspersal, or may utilize anasthesia, guided imagery, hypnoanalysis or other procedures.

As is so important in hypnosis, attitude is a major factor.  It is important that the patient accept that relief is possible.  Constant pain needs to be approached on a different basis from interim pain.  Constant pain is not to be relinquished completely even for a few minutes, since it is identified with the life force.  The patient likes to feel it is there, however reduced, even during periods of sleep.

Physical pain is seldom constant.  The therapist will determine if the patient has experienced periods, however briefly, which were free of pain.  If the patient claims the pain is constant, it is more likely to be psychological in origin and may indicate a constant pain syndrome.  Treatment will likely involve the establishment of rapport with empathy and appreciation of the value of pain.  Hypnotic regression to the cause of the problem can lead to understanding and relief.

A reasonable hypnotherapist usually will not work with physical pain without being in communication with an appropriate physician, for the simple reason that pain is more of a symptom than a condition.  Pain indicates that something is wrong, somewhere, and that is true whether the pain is physical or mental.  It would be the height of folly to treat a migraine headache only to have it turn out to have been a brain cancer.

It is important to remember that some patients value their pains highly, just as a hypochondriac can be said to “enjoy poor health.”  Through hypnosis patients frequently can be shown that they can control their pains and being able to do so they also can diminish pain to tolerable levels or turn it off completely at will.

Seemingly endless periods of tests which prove inconclusive, often accompanied by conflicting diagnoses, can instill levels of fear which may be dealt with through hypnotherapy.  Guilt, anger or other emotional problems often enter into the picture when accidents are involved as source conditions.

Negative attitudes must be dealt with, and again the capability of hypnosis to modify trends of thought becomes important.  In difficult cases the power to cope can be programmed into the patients mind, possibly together with cues to make the process more or less automatic.

In dealing with pain situations, teaching the patient the use of self-hypnosis techniques can be highly beneficial, reinforcing the programming that has been done in the case.

Hypnosis in the treatment of Migraine Headaches

In the treatment of migraine headaches, hypnosis has been proven to be highly effective.  However hypnotherapy should be used in cases that have been screened by a thorough physical examination to establish the diagnosis.

Pain is often a warning signal, a symptom of an underlying disorder that needs to be treated.  Therefore in all cases involving the management of pain – chronic as well as acute pain – a medical referral should precede hypnotherapy.  Hypnosis should be used only when there is certainty that there is no underlying organic disorder.

During a migraine attack, the blood vessels in the head dilate, and the blood vessels in the hands contract.  Normal hand temperature is about 90 degrees; migraine sufferers may have a hand temperature as low as 70 degrees.

Using self-hypnosis and visualization techniques, a number of test subjects at Menninger Clinic were able to increase their hand temperatures by fifteen to twenty degrees.  This redistribution of the blood resulted in fewer migraine attacks and less severe headaches.

The migraine sufferer is taught to use self-hypnosis as soon as there are indications of a pending headache.  The client is instructed to use visualization and imagine the head becoming cooler and the hands becoming warmer.  This will bring the resulting blood flow away from the head.