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Exploring Hypnotherapy for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic pain condition that affects millions of individuals worldwide. Characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep issues, and cognitive difficulties, it can significantly impact one's quality of life. While traditional treatments often focus on symptom management, there's a growing interest in complementary therapies like hypnotherapy that offer holistic support to not only manage symptoms, but to explore and work through psychological related root causes.

Understanding Fibromyalgia and its Challenges

Living with fibromyalgia presents a myriad of different challenges. The persistent pain, fatigue, and associated mental health concerns like anxiety and depression create a cycle that can be difficult to break. Conventional treatments typically involve medication for pain management, physical therapy, and lifestyle adjustments, but many individuals seek complementary therapies to supplement these treatments


There has been increased evidence in demonstrating that fibromyalgia patients have a high number of neurotransmitters called substance P, which is found in the spinal fluid. Substance P allows pain signals to be communicated to the brain even when there is no physical source of pain, leaving a person’s perception and experience of pain intensified.

Research has found that neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine were lower than normal in Fibromyalgia sufferers. Serotonin plays a part in the regulation of substance P (substance P amplifies pain signals) which is why some of the symptoms experienced with fibromyalgia are very similar to those of depression.  A low level of serotonin can also lead to lowered pain thresholds or an increased sensitivity to pain.

Hypnotherapy helps the body increase the levels of serotonin (a mood stabiliser) and to maintain the correct regulation of substance P, it also helps you to explore the potential root causes of fibro through trauma work.


How Can Hypnotherapy Help?

Hypnotherapy's effectiveness in managing fibromyalgia symptoms address both the physical and psychological aspects of the condition. Here's how hypnotherapy can offer support:

  1. Pain Management: Hypnotherapy techniques, such as guided visualisation and suggestion therapy, can help individuals manage and alleviate pain by promoting relaxation and managing the fear and anxiety related to that pain. This in turn redirects attention from the sensation of pain.

  2. Stress Reduction: Stress exacerbates fibromyalgia symptoms. Hypnosis induces a state of deep relaxation, reducing stress levels and focuses on ways to keep stress levels at bay.

  3. Improved Sleep: Sleep disturbances are common among fibromyalgia patients. Hypnotherapy can assist in improving sleep quality by teaching relaxation techniques and suggesting improved sleep patterns to the subconscious mind.

  4. Cognitive Enhancement: ‘Fibro fog’, the cognitive impairment associated with fibromyalgia, can be extremely challenging. Hypnosis can improve mental clarity and focus through targeted suggestion, structured goals and deep relaxation.

In a study run by The National Institute of Health, results showed that those suffering with fibromyalgia who used hypnotherapy to manage their symptoms reported 80% fewer painful episodes as oppose to those who did not experience hypnotherapy.

Working with a Hypnotherapist

When considering hypnotherapy as part of a fibromyalgia management plan, it's crucial to work with a qualified and experienced hypnotherapist. A professional skilled in this field will tailor sessions to address individual needs, ensuring a personalised approach to symptom management.

While hypnotherapy isn't a cure for fibromyalgia, its potential to complement traditional treatments and alleviate symptoms offers hope and relief for many individuals. By tapping into the mind-body connection, hypnotherapy provides a holistic approach to managing the challenges of living with fibromyalgia.

Remember, before incorporating any new treatment into your fibromyalgia management plan, consult with your healthcare provider to ensure it aligns with your overall care strategy.

If you are interested in exploring hypnotherapy to help support you in your life, contact me today to find out more and to book in your free Initial Consultation:


Lucy Collins, Grounded Choice Hypnotherapy

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