Clients are often surprised to learn that hypnotherapy can help with the management of pain. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) responds very well too and hypnotherapy is a well researched and effective treatment for those with IBS, accepted by both NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) and the NHS. Hypnotherapy can also help in the management of medical procedures, drug regimes and the side effects of them. Hypnotherapy should never be thought of as a substitute for medically prescribed treatments, but it can help in the management of side effects you may experience as a result of them.
Pain Management through hypnosis is a fascinating area.
Clearly, the source of the pain is still there, so how does it work? Pain is the body's way of telling you something is wrong, so surely it makes sense to be able to feel the pain so that you don't make the underlying issue worse?
This is all very true. However, with a pain management strategy, it is possible to reduce pain levels to a manageable level to allow you to enjoy your every day life more fully.
MRI scans have shown a marked decrease in activity in the pain receptors in the brain following hypnotherapy sessions. We are still learning about the brain and how it works but the images are very clear - hypnotherapy can reduce the effect of pain on the brain very quickly and very effectively.