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Hypnosis for Nociplastic Pain

March 30, 2024

Do you have chronic pain that doctors have told you that there is nothing that they can do about it, because there is nothing aparently wrong with your body? A pain that some people refer to as a pain that “is all in your head”?

It could be that you have ‘Nociplastic Pain’.

What is ‘Nociplastic Pain’?

Nociplastic pain, a term introduced by the International Association for the Study of Pain, is a type of pain that is caused, not by an actual injury or illness, but rather by a malfunctioning of the ‘pain’ systems in our body.

This type of pain is often difficult to manage with traditional methods and medications.

This blog post will delve into the use of Hypnotherapy as an alternative treatment method in the management of nociplastic pain.

Nociplastic pain is a form of chronic pain that is not caused by tissue damage or inflammation. Instead, it is the result of altered pain perception due to changes in how the brain and spinal cord process pain signals. This type of pain is more complex than other types of pain, and may require a multidisciplinary and more holistic approach to its treatment.

Examples of nociplastic pain conditions are: fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome and other musculoskeletal pain such as chronic low back pain, and visceral pain disorders.

The Role of Hypnotherapy in Pain Management

Hypnotherapy is an alternative therapy that uses Hypnosis to create a state of focused attention and increased suggestibility.

In the context of pain management, the hypnotherapist guides the patient to focus their attention to on a visual, auditory or kinaesthetic target. This induces an altered state of consciousness which can help patients to redirect their focus away from the pain and instead pay attention to thoughts and feelings that promote healing and that help transform how pain is interpreted within their body.

Research has found that hypnosis can help change the way pain is experienced, it can reduce the level of pain and it can, even, make the pain disappear.

What to do, if you suspect that you have nociplastic pain?

If you think that your pain might be of a nociplastic nature, the first thing you should do is talk with your doctor about it.

If, and only if, your doctor recommends mind-body therapies to help you manage the pain, then please give us a call so we can let you know how hypnosis can help you manage, reduce or even get rid of that pain.

If you would like to find out more about how hypnosis might be able to help you, please call us on 1300 612 010 or 02 6082 3001.

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