Sunday, June 7, 2009

NLP As A Treatment For Headache Pain

Pain can be described as an unpleasant sensation that can range from slight, localized aching to misery. This experience consists of both physiological and psychological elements. This experience typically is responsible for a lack of enthusiasm and activity. These individuals report feeling exhausted and emotionally miserable. Frequently, people find that this sensation can negatively affect career, private, and interpersonal ties.

When injury occurs, the body discharges signals that tell the brain that there is a problem. The brain receives this message as pain, and notifies the person of the injury. The individual then reacts to the alarm, and works to resolve it. On occasion, however, the body sends a warning of pain in the absence of injury. This happens when the sensation has a psychological, instead of an actual, origin.

One way to relieve painful feelings is through the use of medicine. Non-narcotic painkillers, such as Tylenol or Aspirin, prevent the body from releasing chemicals used to notify the brain of injury. Narcotic painkillers, however, directly connect to the brain and tell them that the issue has been completely resolved. Narcotics, like morphine and Dilaudid, are sometimes very addictive and create dependency in those who use them for lengthy periods as pain management techniques.

The body also releases chemicals known as endorphins. These are Nature's painkillers, released by the brain's cells to fool the body into thinking that it does not hurt. Athletes, for instance, release endorphins after running long distances; this is the source of the "runner's high" often discussed by those who are running enthusiasts. Individuals who like to participate in other sports experience the same endorphin release. Frequently, sports enthusiasts can run or play despite an injury because of the presence of these drugs in their bodies.

Another way to treat painful experiences is by using distraction, or coached imagery. Persons are coached to concentrate on an image or to imagine a secure and relaxing setting that offers freedom from the feelings they are experiencing. Another distraction technique involves the use of music or other activities. These techniques can be used to help individuals who have ongoing lower back pain.

Persons may experience a reprieve through the use of hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic programming approaches. These natural pain relief procedures can allow people to have relief from numerous chronic problems, like migraines and other chronic, debilitating headaches or throbbing neck pain. Many people report being able to significantly reduce, or totally end taking drugs through using these approaches.

Traditional hypnosis pain reduction methods work most helpfully for those who are open to post-hypnotic suggestions. A skilled hypnotist assists the client to go into a very relaxed state. During this time, the client is very aware of the ideas being offered by the therapist.

The hypnotherapist may suggest that the client focus on other activities or tasks, and that distraction will relieve any sense of discomfort. Actually, the mere use of the word discomfort during a hypnotic session instead of the use of the word pain can greatly diminish any sensation of pain. The majority of clients report amazing outcomes, and they can be taught to use self-hypnosis for pain relief to gain personal control of their situations.

More critical individuals most often require either Erickson-based hypnosis or NLP to successfully overcome their conscious resistance to suggestion.

The hypnosis strategy for pain treatment can also be used to train the brain to give off endorphins that can cause light anesthesia, sometimes referred to as analgesia. This state can also be used to help ladies to experience natural childbirth without using medications that may endanger the baby. It also helps to offer natural arthritis pain relief in chronic sufferers.

Hypnosis can also be used to cause total anesthesia in some people. This is referred to in medical literature as hypnoanesthesia. Long before general anesthesia became widely available to patients, many doctors performed major surgery under hypnoanesthesia.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) may be used to assist those persons who tend to think critically or analytically. Professionals help clients to master a very helpful technique employed by NLP, known as the 'Flash'. The Flash allows people to teach their subconscious minds to automatically avoid a painful sensation, and to focus on things that will create relaxation and comfort. Clients who have perfected this strategy find that they are no longer capable of focusing on the pain, because their minds instantly replace it for relaxing.

Both Neuro-Linguistic programming and hypnosis are innovative approaches that offer completely natural methods of relieving pain. They aid people to avoid painkillers or decrease their need to use these painkillers. Both those who easily receive suggestions and those who are analytical thinkers can be treated with these types of programs. Furthermore, both are very effective in assisting people to experience a reprieve from their pain.

Currently, there are many options available for receiving this type of assistance. Trained Hypnotherapists usually charge from $150.00 to $200.00 for one hour. Anyone who has sought out this type of treatment will agree that the cost spent was well worth it. A less expensive course of treatment, however may be purchasing one of the high quality hypnosis CD programs that are available.

Summary: People experience both physiological and psychological pain. Several treatments can be used; including narcotic and non-narcotic drugs, as well as guided imagery and distraction strategies. The most beneficial methods of relieving painful stimuli, however, are Neuro-Linguistic Programming and hypnosis.

Alan B. Densky, CH is a Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner. He has created a very effective migraine and headache relief hypnotherapyprogram. His Neuro-VISION self-hypnosis site also offers a free video self-hypnosis blog, MP3 downloads, and a comprehensive hypnosis article repository.

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