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Hypnosis and Pain Relief

Hypnosis has a long and illustrious history when it comes to pain relief. Even now it’s used in some cases to manage pain during child birth and other medical procedures. It’s not very clear as to why hypnosis is so effective with pain control, but research suggests it’s because hypnosis affects the anterior cingulate cortex, the part of the brain charged with decision making. It’s possible that the mind can subconsciously decide not to feel pain.

The history of hypnosis and pain management.
John Elliotson, a professor at London University Hospital who lived between 1791 and 1868, noted patients that underwent major surgery using trance as their only anaesthetic. In fact, hypnosis was a standard anaesthetic up until the discovery of modern anaesthetics in the 1900s.

Hypnosis and pain management now
Since then, however, hypnosis for pain control has seen a resurgence in popularity. There are new theories on how pain is perceived by the brain, and they have paved the way for the return of hypnosis. These theories posit that the way we mentally understand pain can change the experience of it.
Psychologist Ronald Melzack and Neurobiologist Patrick Wall called this the Gate Control Theory of Pain. We won’t go into too much detail about it here, but it essentially opens up the idea that how we experience pain is informed by experience, attention, and our emotional state. This means that changing these things can change, or decrease, our experience of pain.
Those who experience chronic pain often withdraw both from society and activities which they previously enjoyed, and it’s possible that doing that is what makes the pain worse. Instead, to reduce pain, it’s necessary to relax, feel positive, socialise, take up hobbies, exercise regularly, and even have a massage.
Hypnotherapy can help with a number of these aspects. It can contribute to reducing your stress and anxiety levels, help with your motivation to take regular exercise, and also help with your social life.

Some things to be aware of
So, it seems that hypnosis might be the key to pain management for some people, but it’s important to be aware of a few things first.
First off, hypnotherapy isn’t an alternative to conventional medicine, and should instead be used alongside it.
Secondly, it’s unsafe to try and take the pain away unless the cause of the pain has been diagnosed by a professional doctor. Most hypnotherapists are not doctors, so make sure you see your GP before deciding to seek a hypnotherapist.
If your GP says it’s okay to try hypnotherapy for pain management, you should still take any prescription medications you’ve been given and not reduce their dosage or stop taking them without first consulting your GP.
Finally, it’s important to realise that hypnotherapy cannot cure the condition which is causing the pain. You will still need to go and see your GP about your situation from time to time to monitor it and update them on any changes.


If you are considering using hypnotherapy as a form of pain relief or would like more information about hypnotherapy in general then please get in touch with me on 07870 893226.

Managing social anxiety with hypnotherapy

Social anxiety is an incredibly common form of anxiety disorder. It can make many situations most of us consider normal challenging and unpleasant for people who suffer from it. This ranges from being in a group of friends to talking to a stranger on the street. In extreme cases, sufferers isolate themselves from their friends and family, becoming more miserable and anxious as they do so.
Fortunately, however, social anxiety can be beaten. The bad news is that there’s no quick fix, but with persistence and therapy, it can be overcome.

What are the symptoms of social anxiety?
The experience of social anxiety is a very personal one, and different people will have different symptoms. However, there are some common symptoms. Social anxiety can manifest in the following ways:
• Negative thinking about yourself such as ‘I must look silly.’
• Blushing
• Feeling shaky, dizzy, or disorientated
• Butterflies in your stomach
• Heart racing

When is social anxiety a problem?
Social anxiety becomes a problem when it starts to impact on your daily life and things that you want to do. It can also be a problem if your job requires that you do a lot of public speaking or meeting of new people.
These two are examples of quite ordinary things to get slightly anxious about, but with social anxiety, the worry is disproportionate to the task at hand. For instance, some people may get very anxious waiting in the queue in a supermarket because of having to speak to the cashier when they’re purchasing their shopping. If you’re getting overly worried in circumstances like this, you may have social anxiety.

Reducing social anxiety
There are some different ways in which you can challenge your social anxiety. A few of these are listed below.
1. Try and test your thoughts by applying logical thinking to them. Ask yourself questions like “how realistic is this thinking?’.
2. Ask yourself whether people will actually judge you harshly if you make a mistake. Try and put yourself in their shoes and think how you’d react if they made a mistake.
3. Learn breathing exercises and other relaxation techniques.
4. Slowly challenge your fears. Face them gradually and work your way up.

Social anxiety and hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is a very effective treatment for all forms of anxiety disorders, and it works by getting to the bottom of whatever is causing the anxiety in the first place. Hypnotherapy will also help you to identify negative habits and change them slowly so that you create more positive ones in their place. Often with anxiety disorders, people develop avoidance tactics, and hypnotherapy can help you identify these and change them.
Finally, hypnotherapy can help you with your self-confidence. Sometimes all that’s needed to overcome social anxiety is a bit more confidence in your abilities. These goals can all be achieved, and after a few sessions with a qualified hypnotherapist, you’ll start to see a difference. You’ll start to see benefits in other parts of your life too, as your anxiety decreases and your enjoyment of social activities increases.

If you would like more information or to find out if hypnotherapy could help you the please get in touch today on: 07870 893226.