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Hypnotherapy As A Replacement For Pharmaceutical Painkillers

Aug 6, 2008
Pain is described as an unpleasant sensation that can range from slight, localized discomfort to severe suffering. This feeling has both physical and psychological elements. It typically results in decreased enthusiasm and liveliness. People feel exhausted and emotionally distressed. These sensations can create difficulties with professional, private, and personal interactions.

When a person is injured, his or her body releases alarms that tell the brain that something is wrong. The brain receives this signal as pain, and notifies the person of the injury. The individual then reacts to the alarm, and works to relieve it. Often, however, the brain receives a painful signal when there is no physical injury. This problem can arise when the signal has an emotional, instead of a real, cause.

One method of relieving painful sensations is by using medicine. Non-narcotic drugs, such as Advil or Aleve, prevent cells from discharging messages responsible for notifying the brain of physical injury. Narcotic drugs, however, signal neurons in the brain and advise them that the injury has been addressed. Narcotics, such as morphine and Dilaudid, may often be very addictive and cause dependency in those people who use them for long periods as pain management tools.

The body also discharges chemicals known as endorphins. These are natural painkillers, given off by the brain's cells to advise the body that it does not hurt. Runners, for instance, release endorphins when they run long distances; this is the source of the "runner's high" often discussed by those who are running enthusiasts. Individuals who enjoy participating in strenuous sports report the same endorphin high. Sometimes, athletes can run or play despite an injury because of the presence of these drugs in their bodies.

Painful experiences can also be treated by by using diversion, or coached imagery. Individuals are assisted to concentrate on a mental picture or to think of a secure and relaxing setting that offers freedom from the hurt they are experiencing. People can also be distracted through the use of music or other activities. These techniques sometimes are very helpful to clients who suffer from chronic lower back pain.

People can also experience relief by using hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic programming methods. Nature's own pain relief strategies can allow people to receive relief from various disabling conditions, such as migraines and other frequent, debilitating headaches or throbbing neck pain. The majority of people have been able to significantly limit, or totally stop taking drugs by using these approaches.

Traditional hypnosis pain alleviation strategies work best for those who are accepting of post-hypnotic suggestions. A trained hypnotherapist aids the individual to go into a very relaxed state. During this time, the client is highly aware of the ideas being offered by the therapist.

The hypnotherapist may suggest that the client think about other activities or tasks, and that distraction will decrease any feeling of unease. Actually, the mere use of the word discomfort in the middle of a hypnotic session rather than the use of the word pain can radically decrease any sensation of pain. A lot of clients have astonishing results, and they can be assisted to use self-hypnosis for pain relief to regain control over their personal lives.

More analytical persons typically require either Ericksonian hypnotherapy or NLP to overcome their conscious resistance to suggestion.

The hypnosis pain treatment approach can also be used to train the brain to give off endorphins that can result in a state of light anesthesia, also known as analgesia. This state may be used to assist women to give birth without the use of drugs that may endanger the baby. It also helps to offer natural headache, migraine and arthritis pain relief in long-term sufferers.

Hypnosis may also be used to cause a state of complete anesthesia in certain persons. This is explained in medical research as hypnoanesthesia. Before general anesthesia became widely available to patients, many surgeons performed major surgery using hypnoanesthesia.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) may be used to help people who tend to think critically or analytically. Therapists help clients to master a very useful technique used by NLP, known as the 'Flash'. The Flash helps clients to train their subconscious minds to automatically move away from a painful sensation, and to think about things that will create peace and calm. Clients who have perfected this skill learn that they are no longer able to focus on their pain, because their thoughts immediately replace it for relaxing.

Both NLP and hypnosis are new strategies that prescribe totally natural strategies for relieving pain. They aid people to avoid taking pain medicine or limit their requirement for these drugs. Both individuals who very suggestible and individuals who think critically can be helped by these [program structures. Additionally, both have been found to be very useful in assisting people to experience respite from their pain.

Today, many options are available for receiving this type of help. Trained therapists typically charge between $150.00 and $200.00 hourly. Any individual who has tried this type of treatment this type of treatment can honestly tell you that the cost involved was certainly worth paying. A less expensive course of treatment, however may be to consider one of the high quality hypnosis CD courses that are offered for purchase.

Summary: People experience both physiological and psychological pain. Several therapies exist; including narcotic and non-narcotic pain medicines, as well as guided imagery and diversion strategies. The most beneficial methods of relieving painful stimuli, however, are Neuro-Linguistic Programming and hypnotherapy.
About the Author
Alan B. Densky, CH is a Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner. He has created a very effective migraine relief hypnosis program. His Neuro-VISION self hypnosis site also offers a free video self hypnosis blog, MP3 downloads, and a comprehensive hypnosis article repository.
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