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Chronic Pain

We tend to think of pain as being caused by damage to nerve cells that then send messages of pain to the brain.  In fact it is much more complex than that.  Pain is a complex construct, composed of past remembered pain, of present pain experience and of anticipated pain in the future. Of course if you suffer from the agonising grind of continuous chronic pain this is of no consolation.

We know that those of you with chronic pain, rather than becoming desensitised as a result of having it around so much, actually become more sensitive to pain. This appears to result from the central nervous systems attempt to adjust and adapt to the ongoing painful stimulation. Fortunately Hypnosis can help reverse or control the process.

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Victoria Droy


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In Liege Hospital, Belgium, anaesthetists routinely use hypnosis as an effective alternative to general anaesthesia. So far, the Liege team has used this technique in over 4,800 major and minor operations. Pain is very complex but we know there a number of ways in which we can use Hypnosis to effect the way that chronic pain is felt.

Firstly we can use relaxation to turn down the effects of the sympathetic nervous system (which releases chemicals such as adrenaline and cortisol that tend to pump up the activity of nerve fibres) to reduce pain.  Secondly we can encourage more positive thought processes that stimulate the release of the chemicals Serotonin and Noradrenaline that dampen down the pain impulses to the brain. Thirdly, we know pain is effected by chemicals in the body such as endorphins and natural opiates that are triggered by positive experiences.  We know that a person who is happy for other reasons may feel less pain from stimuli that are apparently quite painful.


Pain is exacerbated by our mood and attention.  A persons negative mood states, negative thoughts and beliefs can significantly effect the level of pain experienced. A powerful combination of  Hypnotherapy and Solution Focused Therapy can help to reduce pain through improving relaxation and by breaking spirals of anxiety and negative outlook.  These put you back into a more positive frame of mind, where the bodies natural opiates and pain control mechanisms can act much more effectively.

"After two years of suffering with fibromyalgia; hypnotherapy has proved that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Hypnotherapy has made me I feel like my old self again. I am more positive, more confident, more able. I may have fibromyalgia but I now control it - it no longer controls me."

                 Gillian. Taunton

Here is an article published by the Hypnotherapy Directory:

Hypnotherapy for Chronic Pain

by  Victoria Droy HPD. DHP. MNCH (Acc)

Most people will experience pain in their life at some time. Most of the time we can take an over the counter painkiller that will effectively take away that pain.

However, there are many people whose pain doesn't just disappear after a few days or weeks. Unfortunately, despite the wonderful advances in modern pharmaceuticals and medical understanding, too many people still suffer from long term chronic pain i.e. pain that has lasted longer than six months. There are various causes of pain including cancer, trauma, arthritis or fibromyalgia to name a few. People trying to cope with these conditions can find their mental well-being deteriorates. Depression, anxiety about the future or intense frustration about restrictions on every day activities can set in. Life can become so dominated by the 'condition' that activities become increasingly curtailed or avoided altogether. Quality of life can plummet. This is the point at which hypnotherapy can step in and help turn things right around. Trials have been conducted testing the use of hypnosis compared with other forms of treatment. Those patients who received a course of hypnosis showed a significant improvement in symptoms. Their experience of pain was reduced!

A scientific peer review of 13 clinical trials dealing with common causes of chronic pain writes "The efficacy of hypnosis in reducing pain was consistently confirmed for a wide variety of chronic pain conditions" - [ Hypnotherapy for the  Management of Chronic Pain. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2752362/ ]

As a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist I can help you to see beyond the 'limitations', to re-focus on what you can do. You can learn to be more confident and start getting control back in your life. You can learn that you no longer need to be a victim of your condition. Using a CD for self-hypnosis at home, the work done during sessions is reinforced to great effect. You can benefit both in the reduced experience of pain and in a much improved sense of mental well-being. Don't let your life be ruined by pain.

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