Pain is something we all experience in our lives whether it’s physical or emotional; it is part of our human defence system indicating that something is wrong. The actual definition of pain is “An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage.” (The international Association for the study of pain). In the most primitive state the subconscious mind is about protection, keeping us alive and alerting us when in danger like the fight or flight response. Pain is ultimately a subjective experience, and some are better at coping with it than others; the way people react to pain is often in accordance with a pattern of behaviour learnt in childhood or can be down to an ethnic or religions tradition.

Our bodies are pretty amazing at being self sufficient and can defeat some illnesses; they also create a very effective pain relief called endorphins (meaning morphine from within) and encephalin. Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers and can create a high when we exercise intensely. Endorphins interact with the receptors in the brain to reduce our perception of pain and act similarly to drugs such as morphine and codeine; however are not addictive.

Hypnosis can not only help at relieving pain but can help the client gain more control with the symptoms of their illness, help them to gain an acceptance of the illness and help the client to stay as positive as possible. Hypnosis has been proven to be efficient when it comes to pain relief in people. There are so many advantages to using hypnotherapy as a pain control tool; firstly it allows the patient to take control of the illness, secondly it can improve tolerance levels of pain so with time the client may be able to reduce or take less medication, therefore limiting undesirable side effects. (However this must be firstly agreed with the client’s doctor, droppings medication altogether is not advised.) Thirdly clients can help themselves with taught self hypnosis to deal with their own organic pain