Pain in the U.S. is a really big problem. It’s estimated that over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain in one form or another. It’s a terrible thing to see someone you care about suffer day after day. Perhaps that person suffering is you. People trying to deal with chronic pain issues know all too well that the actual pain is just the beginning. Pain often makes just about everything much more of a challenge. It makes it difficult or maybe even impossible to go to work and make a living. It creates stress, strains relationships, and saps a persons energy and zest for life. How does one cope with such a pervasive problem?
Understanding Your Pain
It’s important to keep in mind that pain is nature’s way of telling us that there is problem with the body. It is, of course, essential that you visit a doctor to have the cause of your pain investigated. In some cases pain is a symptom of a deeper problem and will disappear as the underlying problem heals. At other times it may simply be a signal that you are overdoing it and you need to give your body a rest.
However, for the purposes of this article we are talking about pain as a chronic condition which has to be endured day in, day out. In most cases, the cause will probably have been identified – it may be rheumatic pain, arthritis, back, neck, shoulder or muscular pain, headaches, or may have been brought about by a stroke or aggressive treatment for cancer. In cases such as these, chronic pain no longer serves a useful purpose and becomes a source of immense distress for the sufferer and their families.
Treating Pain with Drugs, Understanding the Serious Negative Consequences
When faced with ongoing pain, it’s common for people to turn to pharmaceuticals. Drug companies have given us a wide array of chemical options. Drugs such as Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Naproxen, Hydrocodone, etc. can help in the short term. However, prolonged use causes the body to develop a tolerance to the drug, requiring a person to take larger doses or switch medications entirely. Long-term use of pharmaceuticals becomes more and more problematic and can lead to severe and potentially life-threatening issues including addiction, ulcers and other stomach problems, kidney and liver problems, increased sensitivity to pain, even depression.
Powerful and Permanent Natural Solution
The good news is that there is a solution to chronic pain that has been proven to be both safe and effective. That solution is Hypnosis. I am a professional hypnotherapist. So, I am well aware of the power of hypnosis. One of my earliest experiences with Hypnosis was dealing with chronic pain. As a teenager, the mother of one of my friends suffered almost daily with horribly painful and debilitating migraine headaches. She struggled with trying various drugs and injections but could never get the relief she needed. That all changed when one of her doctors suggested she use hypnosis. Hypnosis finally brought her the relief she needed. Learning about how Hypnosis helped my friends mother was instrumental in setting me on the path to being a world-class hypnotist and hypnotherapist.
Hypnosis has a proven track record overcoming pain and can be defined as a set of techniques designed to enhance concentration, minimize one’s usual distractions, and heighten responsiveness to instructions to change a person’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, or physiological state (i.e. Pain).
It turns out that pain relief is one of the most researched applications of Hypnosis. While no one knows exactly how Hypnosis works. It’s very clear that it does. Research shows that hypnosis can alter the experience of pain and can have an effect on even severe pain. Amazingly, people all over the world routinely undergo dental and medical procedures like surgery in complete comfort while under Hypnosis without any other form of anaesthesia or analgesia (pain-killing drugs).
In fact, in a recent review of controlled clinical studies, psychologists found that Hypnosis not only significantly reduced people’s pain and their need for analgesics or sedation, but also reduced nausea and vomiting, as well as significantly reducing the length of stay in hospitals. It was also found that Hypnosis results in better overall outcomes and faster recovery times after a medical treatment (like surgery).