Pain does not occur in our body but is experienced in the brain by sorting a series of sensations collected by pain sensors in the body. As we have all seen, people can put the pain out of our mind. For example Geraint Thomas in the 2013 Tour de France completed the race (hundreds of miles) with a fractured hip. U-tube has an excellent video of a lady having two teeth extracted while under the influence of hypnosis. Pain control through hypnotherapy is advocated by the NICE guidelines, this is because there is a huge body of evidence from around the world showing the efficacy of hypnosis in pain control.
As all patients are different there is no set mode of treatment to gain pain control; each client is treated specifically. After the first consultation each client will be shown a treatment regime specific to them and the therapist will work with each patient to develop the best method for each client.
Following the first consultation, the client will understand how they will be treated. The first consultation will include an assessment of pain levels and a session to include a trance induction. The types of treatment that are presented under different headings will include: Inductions; Suggestions for Pain and Symptom Management; Suggestions for Thought, Attribution, and Mood Management; and Suggestions for Behaviour, Activity, and Sleep Management.
These various inductions and suggestions are provided because every patient is unique, and it is therefore likely that he or she will benefit more from some inductions and suggestions than others.
Thus, the more ideas a clinician has for these, the greater opportunity there will be for finding the combination of suggestions that will be most effective for any one patient. Also, because these additional inductions and suggestions are developed and used by some of the most effective clinicians in the world, they can be considered to be supported by a great deal of clinical experience and evidence. A clinician’s behaviour is often shaped by clinical experience; hypnotic suggestions that are particularly effective are more likely to be rewarding to the clinician than suggestions that are not effective.
Thus, these suggestions may be viewed as having been “shaped” by the hundreds and thousands of clinical hours in which they have been used. Clinicians will review these and consider
incorporating them into their hypnotic sessions as appropriate.