Hypnotherapy: Pain Management in Nottingham, Lincoln, Grantham, Leicester, Derby, Stamford, Bourne, Oakham, Spalding, Newark, Lincoln and Peterborough
PAIN RELIEF and PAIN MANAGEMENT:
Pain Management is most important for continued pain control and more comfort.
This is especially relevant if you suffer with long-term or chronic pain. After getting a pain assessment, your medical doctor can prescribe pain relieving medication or other pain treatments to help you get pain relief.
You need to be diagnosed by a medical practitioner first of all before considering other methods of pain control.
Sometimes psychotherapy (mind/body medicine or behavioural medicine) is useful to learn how to cope with chronic pain where methods are used to address all three aspects of chronic pain: the physiological, the emotional or affective and the mental or cognitive. Below are some pain control methods I would recommend you consider from `the world of Elevated Therapy` after your pain has been medically assessed and your doctor gives permission to try other methods.
→ Hypnotherapy: [More info here]
Hypnotherapy including self-hypnosis is very effective as a pain management tool largely through the research and publications of Ernest Hillgard.
Ernest was a former emeritus Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.
He used a control research group to show that hypnosis was highly effective in managing pain.
Hypnosis is used to treat chronic pain by altering the “Thought Component” of pain where hypnotic suggestion can be used to overcome negative thoughts, instill positive ones and promote behavioural change.
There has also been useful evidence that hypnosis may affect the way that pain is processed in the brain.
With cancer patients, hypnotic suggestion helps to reduce the suffering related to many painful procedures such as the administration of chemotherapy and other treatment-related pain and nausea.
It is true to say, many people can benefit from hypnosis and respond well to suggestions about feeling less pain, more comfort, increased energy, sleeping better and increased rapid healing outcomes.
Hypnosis has impressive results also with post-operative pain, phantom limb pain and with palliative care.
→ Mindfulness: [ More info here ]
This is the practice of staying in the moment and practicing the art of observation where you spend more time present to yourself and your surroundings.
You are not trying to change things but trying instead to accept the way that things are for better or for worse.
Meditation helps calm the mind, body and spirit. Meditation teaches the body to relax and to focus on things other than the present pain.
While learning to meditate to take away pain takes a bit of practice to become effective, there are a variety of benefits that make it worth developing and perfecting for yourself.
The power of visualisation comes from the idea that your unconscious mind cannot tell the difference between what you imagine and what is real.
If you put something into your mind, your unconscious mind will believe it.
Top athletes use this regularly to enhance their performance.
→ Guided Imagery:
This is a simple tool which can empower you to become a participant in your own healing. It involves the conscious use of your imagination to create positive images in order to bring about healthful changes.
Brainwave biofeedback has the advantage of actually allowing the experience of looking at what is going on in your brain in terms of the impact pain has.
By teaching you through brainwave biofeedback to minimize the brainwaves that are associated with your pain, you can learn to tune down your pain.
You can also learn when a situation is likely to provoke the pain without physically provoking it, but by emotionally provoking it.
When you learn through biofeedback, when pain is emotionally provoked, you can actually use the tool that you learned in biofeedback to tune down the situation and tune down the pain.
→ EFT and TAB: (The MET`s for pain management). [More info here]
Many remarkable results have been reported using the MET`s for both acute and chronic pain.
Sometimes the principle cause of the pain is one or more unresolved emotional issues such as anger, fear, guilt or trauma.
EFT is ideally designed to address these emotional issues and once completely resolved, many physical ailments reduce. Below are four different methods developed by various EFT Practitioners and used at Elevated Therapy with Dr. Michael G Millett in Grantham`s Town Centre in the treatment of physical pain with clients.
- 1. Method for Releasing Physical Pain and Discomfort
- 2. Method for Programming the Unconscious to Heal
- 3. Method for Releasing Pain Energy Blocks
- 4. Chasing the Pain Method
- 5. Injury Recovery Method
The MET`s which is a generic name for the `energy therapies` are gentle and non-invasive applications of help and are well worth considering for most instances of pain.
Pain can vanish or noticeably reduces within a few minutes of applying EFT and TAB and many times they work when nothing else does.
→ Stress Management Techniques: [More info here]
Most often achieved through progressive muscle relaxation and deep abdominal breathing.
When you are in pain, you naturally clamp and grip your body, hold your breath, and tense up.
Relaxation techniques do not take away the pain, they can help get it under control to decrease muscle tension, reduce emotional distress, and divert attention from pain.
They help muscles release and breathing and heart rate to slow down as stress has been shown to exacerbate pain symptoms.
Breathing properly means you get more oxygen to your brain, muscles, tissues and organs also.
→ Cognitive / Behavioural Strategies: [More info here]
These can be important to address the depression and anxiety that often occur with chronic pain.
Treatment can include helping you to understand that cognitions and behaviour can affect the pain experience and affirms the role that you can play in controlling your own pain.
Activity pacing and pleasant activity scheduling are encouraged to help you increase the level and range of your activities.
Training in distraction techniques such as counting methods and use of a focal point can help you learn to divert attention away from severe pain episodes.
Cognitive restructuring is used to help you identify and challenge overly negative pain-related thoughts and to replace these thoughts with more adaptive, coping thoughts.
Other coping methods are taught to apply to a progressively wider range of daily situations.
You are further taught problem solving methods that enable you to analyse and develop plans for dealing with pain flares and other challenging situations.
Copyrighted and written by Dr. Michael G Millett.