Holistic Pain Management Clinic Grantham
As unique individuals we all experience pain differently and this is why, at Elevated Therapy ®, our holistic pain management clinic is different too!
Pain is a very complex subject, difficult for us to describe or quantify,and is of course subjective; what is painful for one may only be slight discomfort to another. How one person experiences pain will be unique to them; we will never really know what another person’s physical or indeed emotional pain actually feels like and though we may sympathise with others when they are in pain, we are only able to truly identify with our own thresholds or levels of pain and how it feels to us.
So what exactly is pain?
Understanding what pain is exactly, and what actually causes different types of pain is again complex but generally, in medical and therapeutic terms, pain is regarded as a danger signal warning us something is not right within the body which in turn triggers our inherent survival instinct or ‘fight or flight’ stress response mechanism in order to try and deal with the injury or perceived threat to the body.
For some their belief is “pain is weakness leaving the body”.
However, again, in a medical and therapeutic context, it is believed pain is the body’s way of alerting us to something which is not right and that we need to take action to protect or make safe that part of the body. When we feel pain, we also believe it occurs in the part of the body where we can feel it. But does it?
Does pain really come from where we can feel it?
When we feel pain, these feelings are not sent to us from the injured part of the body as such, but from the brain to alert us a part of the body is injured. To support this concept, if we consider those who feel pain in a limb which has been removed, known as phantom limb pain, this pain is very real but why can the person feel it if the limb isn’t there? Similarly we are also able to support this concept further: When a person has undergone a surgical procedure as an example, the nociceptors or pain receptor circuitry system located throughout the body, whose job it is to report any damage to the brain, is temporarily disabled using anaesthetic and after a surgical procedure has been carried out this system may not be back to full working capacity and with parts of this circuitry temporarily switched off and perhaps not working as it would normally, we may experience what is known as referred pain in an area of the body unrelated to the surgical site until the pain receptor system is fully back ‘online’.
I am in constant pain so why don’t my pain killers or pain relief medications work anymore?
From time to time we all suffer aches and pains from the stresses and strains of everyday life where we usually reach for the readily available over-the-counter (OTC) medications to manage mild to moderate pain and these work for us most of the time. But what happens when these medications don’t seem to ease the pain anymore? For people with certain physical and medical conditions, these OTC medications likely don’t work if taken over long periods of time and stronger pain relief may be required to achieve the same pain relief effects. This may be because the condition has become worse and in these circumstances, once assessed by a GP, invariably a different or stronger pain relief medication is prescribed and once more these may work for a while but perhaps over time become ineffective. It is almost as though the pain has become used to the OTC or stronger medication and, if whatever is causing the pain can’t be treated or dealt with, the only option seems to be to continue taking stronger and stronger pain relief medication.
Why does this happen?
As highlighted, our body’s pain receptors are located all over the body and when we are in pain they send a signal to our brain which then triggers the survival ‘fight-or-flight’ stress response and, at this time, also releases the stress hormone cortisol.
If we remain in this state of high alert, fight or flight mode for long periods of time the higher levels of cortisol are sustained within the body and ultimately this heightened stress state may cause the body’s immune system not to function properly.
Higher levels of cortisol have been linked to cardiac events,
hypertension – high blood pressure, and increased blood sugar levels relating to type 2 diabetes.
These are but a few of examples of higher cortisol levels causing health issues, in addition to it also affecting the body’s overall ability to heal.
Do you suffer from acute or chronic pain?
Do you know the difference between acute and chronic pain?
The difference between acute pain and chronic pain is acute pain happens quite quickly, is of short duration and is resolved or normally goes away once the particular area of the body has healed itself – think of the pain and bruising caused when accidentally shutting your finger in a door! However, chronic pain or persistent pain as it is sometimes known, is long-lasting – for six months or more, and has an unusual feature in that it often persists long after the original injury has healed, with an example of this being fibromyalgia. So why is this?
For some people certain illnesses, diseases and disorders can cause complicated long-term chronic pain which frequently does not seem to have a specific cause. When conditions have been medically diagnosed; arthritis, fibromyalgia, and polymyalgia as examples, a mainstream pain management treatment plan is usually offered as part of a medical intervention and hypnotherapy may sometimes be suggested as a complementary adjunct to conventional medical treatment. However, where no medical cause can be found for chronic pain many believe, and recent research supports this, a past traumatic event is retained or ‘stored’ within the body.
This stored trauma, known as somatic memory – where the memory of a trauma is held within the body’s fascia tissue or muscle, also known as emotional anxiety or psychological stress, and when left untreated manifests itself in a physical form and is often identified or referred to as psychosomatic or psychogenic pain. Therefore, in the past, if you have experienced an emotional trauma, physical injury, or surgical site which is still causing you chronic pain long since after having an operation, or it may even be from an event you can’t recall, this ‘stored’ pain may be the cause. Once more, this type of pain is complex in nature and yet very real for the sufferer!
In addition to a feeling of being in constant pain, there are often many other wellbeing issues affecting long-term chronic pain sufferers which may include: tension and stress, anxiety and depression, and low self-esteem, as well as associated health issues including: sleeping difficulties and insomnia, headaches, migraines, fatigue, muscle pains, neck and back pain, joint pain, stomach upsets and abdominal pain – including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and weight gain, and sometimes pain medication itself may even exacerbate these problems.
The Mind-Body Connection – How to manage pain holistically
Our holistic pain management sessions work with the belief of the mind-body connection which is, in short, the principle of our mind or brain controlling our bodily processes and functions, including our response to pain.
Therefore if we work with the mind to understand what is causing the pain in the body then through therapeutic practice we have a chance to alleviate it. This is not to suggest medically or physically unrelated pain is ‘all in the mind’ rather it has an emotional root cause which, through our holistic pain management methods, we aim to identify, explore the possibilities of stored trauma, and encourage its safe removal so it is processed out of the body thus relieving the pain.
How do you do this?
Offering you the choice of experienced therapist practitioners,
Dr. Michael or Dr. Jacqueline, we do this very gently using a combined therapeutic approach consisting of the use of hypnotherapy along with other supportive holistic practices that work synergistically and include: nutritional advice, herbal and flower essence remedies, aromatherapy essential oils and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Reiki & Sechim Healing and Mindfulness.
Our holistic pain management sessions also address the associated wellbeing issues which may be compounding your situation such as: sleeping difficulties, stress, stomach issues, headaches, and weight gain for example, and by doing so we provide a truly unique holistic pain management solution enabling you to stop popping pain pills and regain a pain-free quality of life.
I have visited my GP and I don’t have a physical or medical condition causing my pain – what can I do?
Give Jacqueline or Michael a call! If you have been assessed by a medically qualified general practitioner, your GP, and you have not been diagnosed with a physical injury or medical condition which is causing your pain, and any underlying illness has been ruled out, you are welcome to call them for a free initial telephone consultation for up to 30 minutes where you will be able to discuss your situation in more detail, and in complete confidence.
Jacqueline and Michael pride themselves on being approachable, inclusive and positive with an empathic approach at all times.
They always validate how a client is feeling, and purposefully set out to deliver high quality therapeutic care through friendly and down-to-earth communication.
Following this they will then be able to forge a plan as to a way forward to help you rediscover and reconnect with your pain-free lifestyle.
Herbal remedies, flower essences or aromatherapy essential oil products are not included in the holistic pain management sessions. However, your session(s) will include supportive information detailing where to obtain the suggested and most beneficial product(s) for you to use as part of your holistic pain relief journey.
In the first instance, before making any appointment with us for pain management session(s) we strongly advise you visit your GP so any pain you may be experiencing can be investigated by a registered, medically qualified general practitioner – we cannot book an appointment for you unless you have confirmed this. We do not and cannot diagnose or treat physical conditions or medical illnesses.