Chronic and acute pain management
You know pain as a physical sensation that causes bodily suffering and distress. However, pain is only a signal, a neurophysiologic event that must be noticed and interpreted cognitively before it turns into suffering e.g. “Ouch, I’ve stubbed my toe!” Thus, pain control involves either learning to not notice the signal at all or learning to interpret it in a different way.
Learning to not notice a pain signal really amounts to learning to notice something else instead. When a person’s attention is fully focused on something other than the pain signal the pain will not be noticed and, consequently, it will not generate any suffering.
When considering pain’s impact and intensity it is necessary to examine four other factors: your emotions, your previous experiences or associations with pain, your characteristics, and your perception of what the pain signifies to you.
Pain sensations may come from a wide range of causes – from chronic condition to debilitating disease – but the path the pain takes is still the same, as are the basic physiological reactions to it e.g. anxiety, depression, loss of appetite, extreme fatigue, insomnia.
The psychological component of pain is tremendously important. It is because of this fact that techniques that are psychologically oriented, such as hypnosis, can be employed with substantial success.
Hypnosis can enable you to release natural pain-blockers called encaphalins and endorphins into your body that lessen or eliminate suffering.