Have you ever been prescribed pain relief medication?
Have you ever purchased over the counter pain relief medication?
Have you ever considered what we did before the big pharmaceutical companies arrived with handy capsules, pills, potions, and lotions to ease our everyday aches and pains?
Long before painkillers, anaesthetics, and analgesia, were commonplace. Mental and emotional fortitude was all that was available, that and what we now call hypnosis.
Hypnosis either self-induced or guided had been used effectively to eliminate pain and conduct major surgery. For the last three thousand years. Recent history tells us that In the 1840’s, A Scottish surgeon, Dr James Esdaile been regularly using hypnosis to manage and control pain. He performed thousands of surgical procedures both routine and major surgery, using only hypnosis to induce anaesthesia. There are many other examples of how Hypnosis has been used by the medical profession but pain management remains largely unexplored. I can offer three reasons for this
• Cynicism by the medical profession.
• There is no profit for the pharmaceutical industry.
• They don’t understand how it happens.
Paradoxically the dental profession readily embrace Hypnosis for anxiety and pain management
However, recognising that the mind and body are closely related, the medical profession is now beginning to suggest hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis as a way to manage acute and chronic pain along with many other health problems.
Through self-hypnosis, you can be taught how to induce anaesthesia in specific areas of the body. These procedures can be applied to dentistry, for injections, childbirth, or in any emergency. See my own personal experience here
Our bodies have the ability to produce its own painkillers, endorphins and encephalins, which are similar to morphine. The key to increasing these is a relaxed mind and body.
It has also been proven that good quality relaxation will accelerate the body’s own natural healing abilities, relieves stress and tension, giving a greater sense of comfort and well-being ease.
Consider this, you can’t be anxious, and tense while you are relaxed and comfortable and vice versa?
Our emotions and beliefs, our ability to think and visualise are very powerful as pain moderators.