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What Is Pain?

Pain is an unpleasant feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli, such as stubbing a toe, burning a finger or putting alcohol on a cut.  The International Association for the Study of Pain's widely used definition states: "Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage".

Pain motivates the individual to withdraw from damaging situations, to protect a damaged body part while it heals, and to avoid similar experiences in the future. Most pain resolves promptly once the painful stimulus is removed and the body has healed, but sometimes pain persists despite removal of the stimulus and apparent healing of the body; and sometimes pain arises in the absence of any detectable stimulus, damage or disease.

Pain is a major symptom in many medical conditions, and can significantly interfere with a person's quality of life and general functioning. Psychological factors such as social support, hypnotic suggestion, excitement, or distraction can significantly modulate pain's intensity or unpleasantness.

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CBT For Pain Management

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for pain management has three basic components. The first is a treatment rationale that helps clients understand that cognitions and behaviour can affect the pain experience and emphasises the role that clients can play in controlling their own pain. The second component of CBT is coping skills training. Training is provided in wide variety of cognitive and behavioural pain coping strategies. Progressive relaxation and cue-controlled brief relaxation exercises are used to decrease muscle tension, reduce emotional distress, and divert attention from pain. Activity pacing and pleasant activity scheduling are used to help clients increase the level and range of their activities. Training in distraction techniques such as pleasant imagery, counting methods, and use of a focal point helps clients learn to divert attention away from severe pain episodes. Cognitive restructuring is used to help clients identify and challenge overly negative pain-related thoughts and to replace these thoughts with more adaptive, coping thoughts. The third component of CBT involves the application and maintenance of learned coping skills. During this phase of treatment, clients are encouraged to apply their coping skills to a progressively wider range of daily situations. Clients are taught problem solving methods that enable them to analyse and develop plans for dealing with pain flares and other challenging situations. Self-monitoring and behavioural contracting methods also are used to prompt and reinforce frequent coping skills practice.

Hypnotherapy For Pain Management

Hypnotherapy for pain management can either be used either alongside prescribed medication or alone, but if you are considering hypnosis then it is essential you have been to visit your GP for an appropriate medical evaluation before proceeding. Pain is often a warning signal of a more serious underlying medical condition.

Once the client has been to see the doctor and the pain has been diagnosed with more serious causes having been eliminated, it is then fine for hypnotherapy treatment to commence.

Hypnotherapy has been used by many to manage numerous instances of pain, including sciatica, burns, joint pain, neck pain and a variety of other injuries and illnesses. The basic premise of hypnotherapy is to change the way individuals perceive pain messages in order to reduce the intensity of what they are feeling.

We will also include self-hypnosis as part of your treatment plan, meaning that we will teach you to practice techniques so that once your sessions have come to an end you will be able to continuing using the skills your have learnt in daily life.

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Medical disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice by a qualified doctor.