It’s a safe bet to think practically every person who has every lived on this planet from the time of our earliest tool making ancestors, Homo Habilis some two and a half million years ago to each and every one of us alive now today, has experienced pain in a variety of forms.
Who today hasn’t learned to avoid putting fingers in a closing door frame at an early age or who can’t imagine an ancient toolmaking ancestor cracking her thumb with something resembling a hammer. In these instances the function of pain is obvious.
Pain can be instructional in our learning and also hurt enough when we are required to rest and heal our affected limbs or digits. Pain sensors comes in two basic flavours these being mechanoreceptor and nociceptors both of which ‘conduct pain’ at different speeds to the spine and then the brain.
A Simple Understanding of Pain
Pain instructs us something is wrong. This can be as simple as paper-cut or as immobilising as a sprained ankle. Pain once it has been processed in the nervous system has essentially two types: Fast sharp sting and Slow long and throbbing.
The fast and sharp pain could be a sting, a puncture a break. This can often cause a spinal reflex which will get our affected limbs our of harms way. The longer, duller pain is usually a signal we need to stop using that limb, have that tooth filled at the dentist, have some inflammatory immune response or need to seek medical advice.
Adding Complexity to the Picture of Pain
Our mood, our environment and the meaning we ascribe can massively change how we experience pain. It wont change the basic nuts and bolts mechanism of sending the signals yet our mood can change our experience of it.
A person on their way to church about to get married all in love and emancipated with the days celebrations may not notice they sprain their ankle as leap eagerly out of the wedding car.
A fireman rescuing people from a building might not notice cutting his leg on an old jaggerdy pipe until much later on, after the rescue event.
So our situations, mental state, emotions and purpose can and usually do change our experience of pain to a greater or lesser degree.
Exercise can be painful in terms of physical demands, exercising muscles or battling through the pain barrier. You know what is on the other side of that pain barrier? Some home grown opioids and that is like morphine or heroin.
Of course these are perfectly legal and constitute what is commonly known as runner high. This is actually one of the serious benefits of moderate exercise that kick in somewhere around the 20 minute period.
What is modulating or ameliorating our pain response in this instance? Our endogenous ( internal ) opioids which act as pain killers or suppressors. The make us feel good and this ‘feeling’ good alters our experience of pain.
Hypnotherapy and Changing your State
Hypnosis is far more common that most people think. Think about how you react to reading some tragic news headline. You have thoughts and emotions about what you see and more so about the feelings this conjurers up.
In some sense a tragic headline focuses your attentions and your thoughts and suddenly you may feel angry, relieved, patriotic or something that your reading some headline has caused.
By moving your attentions to what has become ( albeit transitorily ) immediately relevant, your whole ongoing experience changed.
Many people, sadly are effected by chronic pain. People do find ways to mediate this experience it may be drugs, acupuncture ( which can switch off a certain kind of pain receptor for a while ), swimming or what are know as displacement activities or distractions.
Hypnosis may be a way of employing a ‘psychological distraction’ that can change how you perceive pain because hypnotherapy has been used successfully for conducting surgical operations without anaesthetic.
Where Pain Problems Begin
There are several instances where pain is no longer serving a truly positive and benevolent function. These can be auto-immune disease such as arthritis, chronic neuropathology pain like carpal tunnel or what is known as idiopathic pain ( pain of an unknown cause ).
Long term, long term pain and its remembered and anticipated effects can be pretty depressing. Our aim together, where it is safe, is to use hypnotherapy to alter and direct attentions towards solutions and living more agreeably.
A Possible Pain Solution With Hypnotherapy
One of the most common questions regarding hypnotherapy is will this work? Do you know doctors can not guaranteed drugs or surgery will cure a patients ailments. Similarly no therapist should be making such guarantees or promises to clients.
The only way we will know is by having the time together and then be able to give a experienced based evaluation.
Before working with hypnotherapy for pain management, it is essential you have seen your doctor or medical professional for a diagnosis.
Having has your doctor or medical professional, where it is both safe to and desirable to explore ways of pain management, you may wish to explore what hypnotherapy in Newcastle, Jesmond can offer you.
Please call me, Nigel, to arrange a free telephone consultation to see how I may be able to assist you. 0770 481 8467