Science, Pain & Trauma

Our understanding of pain and trauma and how it works is essential in our management and relief of symptoms.

A recent study compared interventions for chronic whiplash sufferers. They found that 30 mins of reading on understanding pain and how the nervous system works performed as well as 20(!) sessions of physiotherapy [1].

Our understanding and perception of everything is created by the connections of the neurons in your brain. As you are able to understand and change these connections, your entire world can change.

We know that our brain may block conscious memory of traumatic events or things that have happened to us [2]. Or sometimes even things that fall outside of our current understanding of reality. Science is beginning to understand the process of how this works [3].

This can be easily understood by our quick forgetting of dreams after we wake up. During the dream, that state may seem totally normal, but as soon as you wake up the conscious mind blocks it out because that state is so discontinuous with waking reality. [4]

Even though we may not be able to consciously remember, these subconscious memories and traumas can still have a significant effect on how we live our lives. As Carl Jung said “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

There have been many studies on the efficacy of hypnosis as a treatment for PTSD/trauma by allowing patients to safely experience their memories and understand them in a new, broader context. Once these traumatic experiences have been understood from this different perspective, the symptoms of trauma may be greatly reduced. [5]

The way this looks in a QHHT session is that we make contact with the part of the mind that understands all of this. It understands the experiences you have had, how they are affecting you and is able to give answers for why you had that experience, what the purpose of that experience was and is able to help you to heal this part of yourself. We are able to go back to those memories and observe them objectively. We can then leave the trauma in the past where it belongs so it no longer carries through into our current life.

 

References:

Michaleff et al (2014) Comprehensive physiotherapy exercise programme or advice for chronic whiplash.

The reality of repressed memories 

Hippocampal GABA enables inhibitory control over unwanted thoughts

Why Do Memories of Vivid Dreams Disappear Soon After Waking Up?

New uses of hypnosis in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder.