We have seen "fire walkers" walk across hot coals feeling very little pain. How do they do it? They put themselves into a trance state before attempting the walk.
How we deal with, and experience, pain depends on many factors. Pain always seems worse at night, or when tired. Our emotions such as stress and anxiety to anger and sadness, also affect the intensity of the pain. And then there is the way we have seen others deal with pain when we were children.
What we do know is that those people who are more positive about life, are happier and have a net-work of family and friends, cope with pain much better. But chronic pain can become a vicious cycle as it can cause insomnia, anxiety and fear. These in themselves affect our ability to cope with pain.
Hypnotherapy may help in a variety of ways. It can help us to relax. Simple relaxation techniques can be taught which you can use when you like, giving you a sense of control over your pain, rather than it controlling you. Any anxiety, fear and insomnia can be addressed. Through Guided Imagery, pain can be re-framed and so reduced.