There are two different types of pain – acute and chronic pain. Acute or short-term pain is usually caused by an accident or temporary illness, but chronic pain is often more complicated. It can be caused by a medical problem or the cause can be unknown, which makes treatment more complex.
People suffering with chronic pain should also seek the help of their doctor first, who may prescribe painkillers or physical therapy, but it can also be helpful to also look at the link between the body and mind. Stress and anxiety can be common side affects of pain and can even exacerbate the condition and make the pain worse. Therefore reducing stress through therapeutic techniques such as hypnotherapy can alter thought patterns related to pain and make a huge difference to pain perception.
Some conditions are associated with chronic pain and can therefore be helped by hypnotherapy.
- cluster headaches and migraines
- multiple sclerosis
- sciatica and back pain