What is Chronic Pain?
Pain can severely affect an individual’s quality of living. Thus, it is imperative to examine all options feasible when tackling to deal with pain especially for cancer or chronic pain patients. Mainstream medicine has up until now relied heavily on medications to treat pain symptoms but it comes with common side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, heart issue, liver issues, nausea and vomiting.
Now there is substantial research evidence that hypnosis is an alternative treatment to reduce pain that it does not rely on potentially addictive drugs.
How Can Hypnotherapy Help Someone With Pain Management?
The purpose of hypnosis is to help the individual going through pain to manage the fear and anxiety related to that pain.
By relaxing physically and mentally, it becomes easier to redirect the person’s attention away from the sensations of pain. In this relaxed state, indirect suggestions are then offered to help the person react differently to the pain in the future.
A typical suggestion may be something like, “Even when you feel this same sensation of pain, you will be much less distressed about it. You will feel calmer, much more at ease, and not worried about it at all.”
By layering different suggestions such as this one while in the trance state, the subconscious mind becomes conditioned to remember the instructions whenever the person’s attention becomes focused on the painful sensation.
in hypnosis sessions, one will begin with a guided, progressive relaxation exercise. This begins with focusing awareness on the breathing, noticing how the breath is deepening feelings of relaxation as it begins to slow.
Our Ideo-dynamic Physiological Hypnotic Induction Method
This is a hypnotic induction method, which Dr Anand develops and uses for some medical related procedure or in pain management with hypnosis. In Ideo-dynamic physiological hypnotic induction, the focus will be at noticing the client’s mental representation of what he/she is experiencing. This allows the client to focus on his/her inner experience, and the changes he/she experiences in their mind (the ideo) is translated into the changes on the arm/leg (dynamic response). This change is further supported by alteration in the client’s heart beat/breathing pattern/physical sensation (physiological changes). Once the patient is in this loop, a trance state is creating. Trance state is simply referring to an intense state of absorption, which will allow the client to focus more into next therapeutic process.