Pain Management

donnaBrownHypnosisPainMgt01“There is no pain until it reaches the brain.”
Ron Eslinger, Guru and Trainer

What is Pain?

Acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself.

Chronic pain is different. Chronic pain persists.

donnaBrownHypnosisPainMgt02Chronic Pain

Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, maybe even years. There may have been an initial injury or event – surgery, sprained back, infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain caused by a disease.

 

Health economists from Johns Hopkins University wrote (The Journal of Pain on September 11, 2012) the annual cost of chronic pain is as high as $635 billion a year, which is more than the yearly costs for cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Why is it sometimes
(or most of the time)
that we have to wait
until we feel so uncomfortable
in order to initiate the changes we desire?

Must You Continue To Suffer?

donnaBrownHypnosisPainMgt03The answer is no.  There are ways to manage pain using hypnosis.  Stress and pain are intimately related. Pain causes stress and hypnosis may help break the cycle.

Hypnosis focuses on the relationship between the mind and body and may be considered alternative or complementary. Regardless of how it is labeled, there is evidence that for many people who use it, works.

Hypnosis may bring to mind nightclub acts where volunteers bark like a dog or sing like Dolly Pardon.  This is not that.  Hypnosis for pain management is an altered state of awareness where the conscious part of the brain is temporarily tuned out as the person focuses on relaxation and lets go of distracting thoughts.  It’s like using a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun, making them more powerful. When our minds are concentrated and focused, we are able to use them more powerfully.

When hypnotized, a person may experience physiological changes, such as a slowing of the pulse and respiration, and an increase in alpha brain waves. The person may also become more open to specific suggestions and goals, such as reducing pain.

donnaBrownHypnosisPainMgt04smBenefits of Hypnosis in Pain Management:

1.  September 25, 2005, NIH Public Access reported:  Findings indicate that hypnosis interventions consistently produce significant decreases in pain associated with a variety of chronic-pain problems. Also, hypnosis was generally found to be more effective than non-hypnotic interventions such as attention, physical therapy, and education.

2.   In 1996, a panel of the National Institutes of Health found hypnosis to be effective in easing cancer pain.

3.  An analysis of 18 studies by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York revealed moderate to large pain-relieving effects from hypnosis, supporting the effectiveness of hypnotic techniques for pain management.

donnaBrownHypnosisPainMgt05What’s Next?

Everyone is Resistant to Change.  Even Positive Changes. 

If we weren’t resistant to change we would have done so already.  When we change we have to react in different ways, face new challenges, and people will see us differently.  Let me help you change your relationship to pain and free up your life.

What Do You Need To Do?

Be open to the process. It can be scary to think you can uncover your limiting beliefs and fears. It is a bit like facing the monster in the closet.  If we never open the door, we never realize that the monster was in our mind instead of residing in our imagination.

Believe You Are Worthy Of Better.  Call 915-549-1755 to make an appointment today.

donnaBrownHypnosisWeightLoss4“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself. “

Walter Anderson