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Published - 12 Apr, 2021

Hypnosis, used for years as a solution to some pathologies, has also been validated by scientific research for its effects on migraine pain

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The hypnosis is one of the oldest modalities of healing. From the ancient Egyptian "temples of sleep" to Mesmerism in the 1700s, trance phenomena have claimed to cure all sorts of ills. In modern times - despite stage hypnosis, fear of hypnosis and other suspicious practices - hypnotic practices seem to be a solid choice for pain management.

Hypnosis has an impressive history in the treatment of pain starting from the relationships in the mid-1800s (Elliotson, 1843; Esdaile, 1846/1976) of major surgeries performed with hypnosis as the only anesthesia. More recently, the evidence supporting the efficacy of hypnotic treatments to relieve pain , even chronic, are many.

If we focus on a common ailment, such as headaches and migraines, not only has hypnosis proved to be effective, but it has also proved to be a relatively short and inexpensive treatment. At the same time, it was found to be virtually free of the side effects or risks of adverse reactions currently associated with drug treatments that are typically used extensively.

Causes and triggers
Most people in the world today suffer from headaches. Each of us has experienced it at least once in our life and sometimes it is devastating for those who suffer from it.

The causes and triggers can be many, although a single exact cause has yet to be identified, an important role is certainly played by the management of modern rhythms and roles. These include:

  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes
  • Food intolerances, especially to some additives
  • Excessive exercise
  • Strong emotion
  • Strong lighting
  • Insomnia and other sleep problems
  • Alcohol and caffeine
  • Some medications
  • Physical injuries

It is interesting to note that stress is indicated in the first place among the reasons for headaches. Stress - from life, family, financial and world problems - also makes us pay the price in terms of headaches. Stress is a state of mind that in turn causes a physical reaction. The mental cause of a physical reaction is however most of the time overlooked and a pill taken for pain relief like a patch ignores the cause, which sometimes resides in our thoughts.

A pain of the soul turns into physical pain

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Ester Patricia Ceresa in a hypnosis session.

According to the World Health Organization, migraines are the result of a mechanism that releases inflammatory substances in the brain, which produce pain around the nerves and blood vessels of the head.

The body is structured like millions of telephone lines that send and receive signals to the main switchboard, the brain. If the brain has a painful thought, then the body will also have a painful reaction.

Resorting to hypnosis can be a winning move: hypnotic treatment can play an important role simply by helping a person, for example, to manage a difficult moment by activating the ability to overcome a multitude of unnecessary factors that magnify the problem, reduce the severity and therefore the physical and mental stress that follows.
At that point the need for the body to send an alarm signal through the pain disappears.

hypnosis for headache has been used effectively for thousands of years.
One of the techniques used by the most popular hypnotist practitioners uses " revivification ", to revive or bring back to life a pleasant memory that will help decrease the pain caused. from migraine. During the different phases of the technique, different sensations are experienced, such as that of feeling the migraine coming. The goal is to remove the energy from pain and instead direct it towards a positive and pleasant experience.

You probably know the expression "where the attention goes, the energy flows ". This is also true with migraines. As long as the attention is focused on the pain, the pain will be more intense. Distracting attention, to focus it on something else, decreases the pain.

Self Hypnosis as First Aid

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Another moment of the treatment.

Contacting a certified hypnotist is always the best advice to give. In this video and in the figure to the side a demonstration of professional intervention where the mesmerism .
It is also possible to intervene in a sort of emergency room, with a method for the treatment of headaches that people like very much in courses because it works against a sore head and that many, while not becoming professional hypnotists, continue to use today if necessary.

The idea is to enter a deeply relaxed but conscious state - through self-hypnosis or any other good relaxation technique - and then focus on visualizing the headache, really trying to see it as a physical entity.

Then, try to pinpoint the location of the pain inside the head (which is more difficult than it looks as tensions tend to start moving as soon as you do) and ascertain the exact shape, color and texture of the headache. , and so on.

Hypnosis also plays a key role in prevention, because it promotes a state of well-being through relaxation, towards a pleasure of living rather than fatigue to live.

Did you know that in the online course of Hypnosis and Self Hypnosis you will find a specific section for pain relief and treatment ? Try the techniques and write me your progress!

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Ester Patricia Ceresa

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