Pain is an unpleasant feeling that indicates a problem somewhere in the body. It can range from mild, annoying aching to intolerable suffering. Some people cope well with pain and rarely take painkillers, but there are many others who resort to pain medication at the first sign of aching or pain. Painkillers are, in most cases, very effective and they provide great and much needed relief. However, many of them are not exactly good for the health and they can even lead to addiction. It is important to realize that there are other solutions for the pain aside from medications.
Solutions for pain
When a person is injured or has a health problem somewhere in the body, the brain receives signals of it, which serve to act as a warning that something must be done to solve the problem.
The pain can also occur without any injury, and in those cases the reason for the pain is of psychological origin.
One way to relieve pain is the use of medications. Drugs like Advil or Aspirin prevent the tissues from emitting pain signals to the brain. There are also narcotic medications, which signal the brain informing it that the problem is solved. These drugs, which include codeine and morphine, can be highly addictive.
The body also releases its own natural painkillers, called endorphins. They have the similar effect as pharmacological pain killers and they are often released during strenuous physical activity.
Using hypnosis and self-hypnosis instead of painkillers
More and more people resort to hypnosis as an alternative way to relieve the pain. There are several different techniques, based mainly on distraction, suggestion, relaxation and programming.
One option is traditional hypnosis. In this method the hypnotherapist helps the client to enter a very relaxed state and uses that state to suggest strategies, techniques, tasks and activities that can be used when the pain occurs. The perception of pain is radically changed and the clients learn to use self-hypnosis strategies when the pain occurs, which allows them to gain personal control in those situations. Most clients who learn these self-hypnosis methods are very satisfied with the results.
Hypnotherapy can even be used to induce a state of complete anesthesia in clients. This is called hypnoanesthesia and it can even be used to perform actual surgeries, without actual anesthetics. This technique, however, cannot be done through self-hypnosis.
Another great alternative for pain killers, suitable particularly for people who tend to think analytically and critically, is NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
People who employ NLP learn how to use a very useful technique called “the flash”, which allows their unconsciousness to move from the source of the pain and from the pain itself to more pleasant and relaxing things. Clients who master this technique no longer focus on the pain and become unaware of it.