Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pain Management Through Hypnosis

(Article 1 in a series)
Written by Raw-Riffic Food Contributor
Colleen Harrison

This section will concentrate on the management of chronic pain using the application of hypnosis. To introduce this subject, I will start first with a little overview of what pain management is and how it is used. There are two major forms of pain. These two are chronic and acute pain. Chronic pain is often ongoing even after there is no known cause and acute pain would be that suffered at the moment of actual injury such as when a bone is broken.

Pain management (also called pain medicine) is a branch of medicine that is for the purpose of easing the suffering and improving the quality of life of those living with pain. The typical pain management team includes medical practitioners, clinical psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and hypnotists.The team may also include other mental-health specialists and massage therapists. Pain sometimes resolves promptly once the underlying problem has healed. Pain is sometimes treated with drugs such as analgesics and (occasionally) anxiolytics. In order to effectively management chronic (long-term) pain, the entire team of pain management experts is required.

Medicine is used to treat an injury or the underlying cause of the pain such as an infection to help speed healing and treats pain to relieve suffering during treatment and healing. When the pain persists after the injury or pathology has healed and the cause of pain is not found, medicine is continued to be used to relieve suffering. Pain can continue to exist due to emotional trauma and stress. Chronic pain with no specific, known cause is typically treated with such things as analgesics, tricyclic antidepressants and anticonvulsants, interventional procedures, physical therapy, physical exercise, application of ice and/or heat, and psychological measures, such as biofeedback and cognitive behavioral therapy.

This is a short introduction and explanation of what is meant by pain management. I will be contributing further articles on pain management focusing primarily on the value and benefits of using hypnosis in controlling and relieving pain.

Colleen Harrison is a Certified Hypnotherapist with a graduate degree in hypnotherapy from the HMI Nationally Accredited College of Hypnotherapy located in California. She is certified in many areas of hypnotherapy and specializes in the areas of immune disorders, pain management, pre and post- surgery hypnosis and medical hypnosis.

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