The Reign of Pain Abides Mainly in the Brain.
The acute pain of an injury is an unpleasant, but important, biological signal indicating tissue damage. However, we now understand that where there is no underlying physical disease, such as cancer or an auto-immune disorder, chronic pain is actually created by the central nervous system rather than the bodily location where the pain is felt to be.
We never want to imply that “pain is all your head”. Pain is all too real, but it is true that pain is felt with the brain.
ACUTE pain is of sudden onset and is usually the result of a clearly defined cause, such as an injury. Acute pain usually does not last longer than four months and resolves with the healing of its underlying cause. First and foremost, we need to take heed of pain and listen to it. Acute pain can be a signal that something may need attending to, perhaps urgently. But once we have ruled that out, we can work together to diminish any pain that is serving little purpose as far as signaling us to get help.
Hypnosis has a long history in the treatment of pain. From major amputations to the resetting of broken limbs, from Jacob Grimm to the battle fields of various wars, for centuries hypnosis has been applied to achieve both analgesia (the absence of pain) and anesthesia (the absence of any sensation).
Every day, hypnotherapists all over the world use the power of hypnosis to help reduce discomfort levels for their clients.