Whether we are recovering from an injury, suffer from chronic pain or a chronic illness, or under going treatment for cancer, there will be a variety of emotions involved too. These can range from disbelief, denial, anger, sadness, and shame to anxiety and fear. Any negative emotion will have a detrimental effect on the condition, and delay the healing process.
But the reverse may also happen - that psychological issues can cause illness and pain. These are termed "psychosomatic" and include conditions such as migraine, irritable bowel syndrome - IBS, asthma, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and some causes of lower back pain. Any chronic pain that has been fully investigated and no cause found, is more than likely to be psychosomatic. Any pain that tends to move around, vary in quality, comes and goes for no apparent reason with no pattern, is also very probably psychosomatic.
The mechanism behind psychosomatic pain is believed to lie in the subconscious. The subconscious is a bit like a pressure cooker - it is able to keep a lid on painful emotions, prevent them bubbling to the surface and so coming into our conscious. But occasionally they do, and when this happens the subconscious produces an illness or a pain as a distraction as it deems that the painful emotions are more dangerous than an episode of pain .
Before any condition can be termed psychosomatic, it needs to have been fully investigated by your GP or specialist, to rule out any serious illness.
So whether you have been diagnosed with a chronic illness, or you believe you have a psychosomatic condition, hypnotherapy can help.