Archive for February, 2012

We Grow Together!!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

I found this illustration very symbolic of the work we do as Therapist and client. Working together to help solve a problem and growing together through painful times.

There’s always tomorrow

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Pain Relief!!!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Pain is something we all experience in our lives whether it’s physical or emotional; it is part of our human defence system indicating that something is wrong. The actual definition of pain is “An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage.” (The international Association for the study of pain). In the most primitive state the subconscious mind is about protection, keeping us alive and alerting us when in danger like the fight or flight response.

Our bodies are pretty amazing at being self sufficient and can defeat some illnesses; they also create a very effective pain relief called endorphins (meaning morphine from within) and encephalin. Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers and can create a high when we exercise intensely.

Hypnosis can not only help at relieving pain but can help the client gain more control with the symptoms of their illness, help them to gain an acceptance of the illness and help the client to stay as positive as possible.
We know that in the past hypnotherapy was associated with witch doctors, medicine men and healers, and after the advancement in the subject area through research and understanding, many therapists have demonstrated that hypnosis can be effective within areas of pain relief and health problems. James Esdaile (1957) was one therapist who demonstrated that hypnosis could remove the acute pain in areas of major surgery, reliably delivering effectiveness comparable to chemical anaesthesia. Through hypnosis experiments have frequently shown that client can control their own pain, and have the ability to actually diminish pain to a more tolerable level or turn the pain off completely at will.

Hypnosis has been proven to be efficient when it comes to pain relief in people. There are so many advantages to using hypnotherapy as a pain control tool; firstly it allows the patient to take control of the illness, secondly it can improve tolerance levels of pain so with time the client may be able to reduce or take less medication, therefore limiting undesirable side effects. (However this must be firstly agreed with the client’s doctor, droppings medication altogether is not advised.) Thirdly clients can help themselves with taught self hypnosis to deal with their own organic pain. I believe hypnosis can prove to be an important part of the total support structure for any client suffering from a chronic illness