Acute pain is usually defined as pain characterized by its sudden onset and short duration. Chronic pain is pain that persists for several months, years, or in some cases, pain that can last a lifetime.
Hypnosis or hypnotherapy is very effective at pain management. Hypnotherapy has been used by many to manage numerous instances of pain, including irritable bowel syndrome, sciatica, spinal stenosis, burns, joint pain, neck pain and a variety of other injuries and illnesses. The two most common applications of hypnosis to pain reduction are hypnoanalgesia (the use of hypnosis to decrease sensitivity to pain) and hypnoanesthesia (the use of hypnosis to numb sensation of pain). For both conditions, the most important factor is the patient¹s ability to focus attention
The hypnosis procedure involves the following procedure:
- The first stage involves preparation of the patient. . In order to obtain the maximum gain, the therapist works to direct the patient toward the most realistic goals.
- The second stage involves the hypnotic induction. In this stage, the therapist needs to help the patient enter into a focused and relaxed state.
- The third stage involves therapeutic suggestions. This is the most important stage in which the therapist focuses the attention of the patient. In the context of pain reduction, the therapist helps the patient develop imaginary situations which will achieve the goal of less pain.
- The fourth stage involves posthypnotic suggestions and termination. The posthypnotic suggestions allow the patient to retain achievements (i.e. pain reduction abilities) outside of the hypnotic state (e.g. with a tap on the shoulder).
Hypnotherapy has several tools in its armoury to support the chronic pain client and what one client finds useful may not necessarily work for another. Hypnosis is a relaxed state of attentive concentration that allows your conscious, critical mind to rest temporarily so that you can be receptive to positive thoughts that help you to feel more comfortable.