I speak frequently to the patients at Morrison Chiropractic that the sensation of pain comes from your brain.
This, however, does not mean that what you feel is just made up.
Your subconscious mind can create very real physical sensations in your body that are no longer useful even long after the physical trauma has healed.
Your subconscious mind is like a huge memory bank with nearly unlimited capacity. It permanently stores everything that ever happens to you.
Its job is to ensure that you respond just the way your life experiences have programmed you to react. All your habits of thinking and acting are stored in your subconscious mind. It has memorized all of your comfort zones (or in this case, dis-comfort zones) and it works to keep you in them.
Hypnosis can work to change that.
Hypnotherapy can be one of the most effective tools for retraining your brain to control and overcome chronic pain. In fact, I used self-hypnosis as my only method of pain control during the very comfortable labor and delivery of my son over 10 years ago!
When you change your relationship with pain, you also change your physical experience of pain. Unlike medications, talk therapy, and medical devices, self-hypnosis is a skill that once learned is always available for use at any given moment with no side-effects.
Here is a great, short video from an Australian pain center that gives a great animated explanation about the brain's connection to pain - Understanding Pain in Less Than 5 Minutes.
Check it out and let me know what you think...