Thursday, January 12, 2012


Pain. We all experience it at one time or another. Migraine headaches. Back pain. Chronic pain from illness or injury. Birthing pains. Pain from surgery or other medical or dental procedures. If we are in pain, we want relief and we want it NOW!!

So you call the doctor and she prescribes medication. You take it and most of the time, it helps. Other times, it doesn’t help – or help enough, or for long enough. There are sometimes that you just do not want to take medication, right?

There has to be an alternative. Isn’t there a safe way to get pain relief without medication and chemicals?

More and more people are asking this question and the answer is a resounding – YES! A natural technique that has been used since the dawn of time – hypnosis – is becoming the preferred choice of treatment for pain relief for a variety of issues from migraine headaches to chronic back pain to cancer symptoms.

Hypnosis, in addition to regular medical treatment, has a multitude of advantages with pain management. Primarily, it requires no drugs. In fact, studies show that patients with chronic diseases who practice hypnosis as taught by a professional hypnotherapist trained in pain management, required fewer analgesics to maintain pain relief. They suffered less anxiety about their pain and greater comfort during medical procedures as well.

A study at Case Western University found hypnotherapy useful as a pain management tool following such surgical procedures as hysterectomy, coronary by-pass, hemorrhoid surgery and abdominal surgery. Subject patients had shorter hospital stays, less nausea and more rapid healing. Hundreds of studies have proven hypnotherapy to be the first choice treatment for reducing migraine headache attacks.

With such impressive results, why do we reach for the aspirin bottle instead of the natural, relaxing, healing capacities within our own powerful mind? The answer is obvious. Most people do not know how to practice self-hypnosis. Most people are not aware of the outstanding successfulness of hypnotic techniques. Many people unfortunately have outdated, fearful misconceptions that hypnosis involves mind control or giving over of your conscious will to another person.

The truth is that hypnosis (or hypnotherapy as it is often termed today to indicate the acknowledgment of its increasing therapeutic value) is a resource that should be explored by all who suffer pain. It offers an ongoing approach of pain management that, once established, can be monitored and adjusted by the patient him or herself as their unique circumstances dictate. This returns the sense of control back to the patient. Best of all, it has no side effects… except an overall feeling of increased relaxation.

How can you learn self-hypnosis to control or reduce your pain? You can email me or give me a call to set up an appointment. I can teach you a variety of techniques such as visualization, guided imagery, relaxation, and suggestion to help you gain control of your pain and your life.

Infinite Blessings from your Infinite Angels.
© 2011 Dr. Shanimah Leal Ra, PhD.
Clinical Hypnotherapist, Forensic Hypnotist,
Angel Therapy Practitioner®

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