Pain is a warning system that protects us from damage, further damage.
Pain experience is subjective and have two components: Sensory, which provides information of the location of the pain and quality, e.g. stabbing, aching and the effective pain, which is the subjective experience of the pain, how much it bothers the patient.
For example, pain usually bothers more after exercise when we pay more attention to it.
Psychological factors can influence how we experience pain such as fear, tension, interpretation, anticipation.
Possible Solutions with Hypnotherapy uses different methods to alter the cognitive factors can alter the person’s experience of pain and can help with pain control.
Research has shown that hypnotic pain control is not a placebo effect, but has a neurological action that explains its effectiveness.
Types of pain (both can be episodic, there can be pain free periods):
Acute-pain is severe but last only for a short period of time.
Chronic pain ranges from mild to severe and is present for a long period. Painful injury may result of fear and leads to avoidance of certain movements, behaviour leads to more pain and depression. Unrealistic goals such as medication can cure all the pain, can have negative effect if unsuccessful and creates more worry and can result of lack of belief. Self-management and coping is important, pain is more intense under emotional distress.
Possible Solution with Hypnotherapy offers a patient-centred approach and considers the individual differences such as lifestyle, occupational demands, social support, health habits, personal coping skills, goals and expectation of treatment.