Therapies that address the mind-body link are often recommended for those dealing with long-term pain. Stress and anxiety are common side effects of pain and can even make the sensation feel worse. The way the mind responds to pain also links to the perception of physical sensations.

Rather than convincing you that your pain doesn’t exist, hypnosis for pain aims to manage any fear and anxiety you may have relating to your pain. It also helps to reduce stress and relax the nervous system to help it become less reactive to pain.

The number of sessions you’ll need will depend on your individual circumstances, however hypnosis for pain usually lasts between four and ten sessions. Sheila may even make recordings for you to use at home so you can continue to employ hypnosis techniques.

The nature of hypnotherapy means it doesn’t work for everybody. However, it is a natural therapy with no side effects, so it is certainly worth trying. Many people say it is an effective tool to use as part of their chronic pain management plan.