• Migraine since 8 year
• Low backache since 2 year
BRIEF CLINICAL HISTORY:
The client came with a history of recurrent attacks of Migraines. She was taking medicine for the headaches but the relief was limited only till the effect of the medicine lasted. In addition, she also had a complaint of low backache for which she was taking physiotherapy on and off. She was fed up with the medicines and wanted to try hypnotherapy as an alternate therapy for relief in migraine pain and low backache.
The option of hypnotherapy was discussed in detail with Mrs J. She was apprised about the concept of pain and suffering and maintaining a healthy Psycho-biological state. The case history was taken in detail wherein she confided that she was living continuously under stress. The stress was due to differences with her husband who was in a habit of shouting on minor household issues. The husband was also not very supportive of her doing business and wanted her to remain confined to the four walls of the house. There was constant tension between husband and wife and lately husband’s mother also came to stay with them. Mrs J now felt as if her every action was under scrutiny by both her husband and mother in law. Also, she was constantly ticked off for everything by her mother in law and husband, adding to the stress. She has been married for about 12 years and had to leave her job of steady regular income with a multinational. After that, she remained a housewife for 2 years and got fed up with the life of a housewife and started her own business. Since then her husband became critical of all her decisions and she started feeling stressed and from then onwards migraine attacks and low backache also started troubling her.
Pain Management through Hypnosis – Ice Melting Techniques
Trance was induced by breath watching and PMR and was deepened by the visualization. The arm levitation method was used to further deepen and confirm deep trance. When in deep trance, she was asked to identify the area affected/ covered by pain and visualize it. After she confirmed that she has visualized the affected area where pain persisted in her head, she was asked to assign a shape to it, explain what kind of pain it was and what was the colour and temperature of this shape.
She confirmed that she visualized this pain as a warm, black coloured cloud that was throbbing and causing pain. She was suggested that as she was seeing this black cloud it was starting to become colder and colder and soon would turn into ice. She was told to confirm with a ‘yes’ finger whenever this black cloud turned completely into cold, solid ice. After a few minutes, she raised her yes finger to confirm that the affected area was now a solid piece of ice. She was then guided to visualize, that, this solid ice was now melting and a pleasant feeling was developing with the melting of ice. She was told only to observe, what was happening. After a few minutes, she said that now this ice was melting from all sides and becoming smaller and smaller in size. Again she was told to only observe this shrinking melting ice. After a few minutes, she said that the ice is not there but only the residual water is left and that too was draining out. At this time the suggestion was given “as this ice is melting away slowly, all the feelings causing this pain, which was stored in your deep subconscious are also draining out and bringing a soothing feeling in your head and slowly spreading to all other parts of the body. As this soothing feeling is spreading to your stomach and lower back, your lower back is also becoming relaxed. Now whenever you are uncomfortable in your head, your subconscious would become aware of underlying feelings and release them in the same manner as you are doing now. You would experience this relaxed feeling now in your entire body & mind as long as you wanted it to or you feel relaxed.” Thereafter the trance was terminated permissively.
Feedback: After the trance, she looked relaxed and conceded that the pain was significantly reduced in her head and low back. She also felt light and happy.