Pain Managment

Hypno-analgesia is likely to decrease acute and chronic pain in most individuals.

Hypnoanalgesia is the use of hypnosis to decrease sensitivity to pain.

Hypnoanesthesia is the use of hypnosis to numb sensations of pain.  

More than 50 million Americans experience chronic pain. The AMA JCAHCO and the National Institute of Health endorses hypnotism in the treatment of pain management

Pain and stress are closely related. When being in pain causes stress or being stressed worsens the pain, therapies including hypnosis, meditation, Reiki and relaxation may help break the cycle.

Diane focuses on the state of being between the mind and body. Hypnosis and Reiki are considered mainstream therapies and are used in conjunction with your doctors medical care. Health professionals may considered alternative or complementary therapies, but regardless of how they are labeled, there is evidence that for many people they work.

Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness, it is a heightened state of awareness, a concentrated focus. Not sleep.  During hypnosis, the conscious part of the brain is temporarily tuned out as the person focuses on the hypnotists suggestions of  relaxation and letting go of distracting thoughts. Research supports the idea that the use of attention is what gives the mind power over the body.  When our minds are concentrated and focused, we are able to use them more powerfully. When hypnotized, a person is open to receive specific suggestions and goals such as reducing pain. 

Clients also receive post-hypnotic suggestions that will enable the client to use self-hypnosis. Also, certain sessions are recored so that they can be utilized at home for further benefit.  

Hypnosis can help to alleviate a pain experience which may be all that is required for acute pain. Chronic conditions may require a plan that targets various aspects besides the pain experience. 

A client may need help increasing positive behaviors that promote well-being and functional activity such as exercise and a proper diet. Also, it’s very important in changing one’s thinking patterns from negative to positive. For example, eliminating phrases like "I cannot do anything about my pain" and replacing them with positive affirmations in the present tense such as, “Everyday I am getting better and better.”

Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp. It serves as a warning to the body. Acute pain may be caused by many events such as: Surgery, broken bones, dental work, cut, burns, etc.

Acute pain may be mild and last just a moment, or it may be severe and last for weeks or even months. In most cases, acute pain does not last longer than six months and it disappears when the underlying cause of pain has been treated or has healed. However, unrelieved acute pain may lead to chronic pain.

Chronic pain persists despite the fact that an injury has healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years. Physical effects include tense muscles, limited mobility, a lack of energy, and changes in appetite.

Emotional effects include depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury. For example, a fear may hinder a person's ability to return to normal work or leisure activities. Common chronic pain complaints include: headache, back pain, cancer pain, arthritis pain, pain from nerve damage

Chronic pain may have been caused with an initial injury or trauma. Some people suffer chronic pain or there may be an ongoing cause of pain. However, some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage.