Hypnotherapy: Acute Pain And Chronic Pain

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Name: Wendy Bailey Number of Words 1846 Course Code: SOUTH1S 13 Course Tutor: Jacqui Godfrey “Choose a medical condition that interests you and research it. Write about the possible uses of hypnosis in the treatment of the condition as you see them.” In this essay I have decided to study Rheumatoid Arthritis as I have a close family member who has suffered with this debilitating condition from being in her early twenties namely my mother. Rheumatoid Arthritis can be extremely painful and I believe that Hypnotherapy can play a part in relieving that pain as well as promoting self-image alongside traditional pain relief methods. In order to explain how I believe Hypnotherapy can help with this…show more content…
In the past, acute pain was believed to be directly associated with tissue injury. The intensity and location of the pain were considered to be an accurate reflection of the tissue problem. Chronic pain, on the other hand, was considered to be pain that lasted longer than normal tissue healing time. Its intensity and location were considered inaccurate reflections of tissue injury. Acute pain was stated to have a sharp quality while chronic pain was said to be dull. Unfortunately these incomplete and inaccurate thoughts about acute and chronic pain have persisted even though they are not supported by current scientific understanding. Acute pain has since been defined as pain with a duration of less than 2-3 months, while chronic pain has a duration of longer than 6 months. Durations between three and six months are classified as sub-acute. Since the belief has been that pain relates directly to tissue health and most tissue injuries resolve in 2-3 months, it was believed that pain should also resolve in that same time. However, many other factors impact whether pain persists. A broader understanding of pain is required in order to stop making inaccurate links between pain and tissue…show more content…
Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers go through the whole spectrum of pains from the acute flare up pain to the chronic continual ache and as a rule Hypnosis probably isn’t the first thing you might think of when diagnosed with something like rheumatoid arthritis. When diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, it can be devastating. It is a lifelong condition and finding out that you have a chronic illness can send your emotions spiralling into anger and depression. For many people, this can mean a lack of sleep, mood swings and loss of appetite. Some people feel afraid of what their future might hold, the medication they might need and the loss of the self-image they had. By minimizing arthritis inflammation, pain can be reduced significantly. Hypnosis can help to minimise pain and to regain self-image, through visualisation and positive affirmations. Hypnosis can help in many ways to relieve pain and to also give the patient back some self-esteem and self-confidence that they might have lost as Rheumatoid arthritis can be disfiguring. This I have seen first hand with my mother. As the years have gone on her hands, feet, wrists and neck have been affected in a way that has affected her appearance. As the joints have been affected they have deformed and become twisted to the point where my very confident and bubbly mother now goes to great lengths

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