Drug Free Pain Relief

Control and Manage Pain using Hypnotherapy – by Dee Twentyman

Ouchahh! How many times have you had that painful experience? More than once in your life I guarantee. That painful sensation is doing an essential job. It’s helps us to maintain our health and wellbeing and quite often it helps in our very survival.

Without that vital message from our pain centre in the brain we wouldn’t even be aware that anything in our body was needing our immediate attention.

When we experience that ‘acute’ pain for the first time, our initial thought is to go and visit our Doctor to get it checked out and to make sure we get the correct diagnosis and treatment. Usually this is all that is needed and all is well. But let’s say you did that quite some time ago, and yet the pain is still there, nagging away at you.

This is what we call ‘Chronic Pain’ and it affects millions of people on a daily basis. It’s effects are such, that it can seriously harm the mental and emotional wellbeing of the person who is having to deal with Chronic Pain every day. If you suffer with Chronic pain then you will know that is affects your quality of life and your days are caught up in the suffering and the worry of a whole future of pain in front of you. Is this You?

Do you have Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME, headaches, back ache or other pain following surgery, cancer treatment, phantom limb pain, or do you have a progressive condition where pain is an issue?

As i have already mentioned, pain is either, ‘Acute’ or ‘Chronic’. Acute pain is an essential element of our bodily responses, as it tells us that something needs our immediate attention, this type of pain is there for a reason. It’s what we term your Call to Action.

Chronic Pain is very different, it’s the signal that appears to be stuck once the cause has been found and dealt with. It just unnecessarily, nags away, serving no real purpose any longer.

Again, when we want to turn off this pain we make another trip to the Doctors surgery, or the pharmacy. We may ask their advice and get more painkilling drugs. What we are doing, is looking outside of ourselves for help and relief. We have been conditioned to do this, but we rarely if ever, look inside ourselves to manage that discomfort. Our body has it’s own very powerful analgesics and we can be taught how to access them, and this is where true pain relief can be found.

When you begin to understand this, when you are shown how to do this, you are one step closer to freeing yourself from the grip that chronic pain can have on your life.

Properly applied hypnosis, mindfulness, guided imagery and self hypnosis, give you the power to direct and instruct your mind to reduce and even silence any pain you may experience. These techniques do not involve drugs or other pain relief gadgets such as TENS. Your own mind is all you need.

There are people who may well doubt what i am saying, however, there is a huge body of research to prove that this is true. There are records of actually surgery being performed using hypnosis as the sole method of anaesthesia. It is the same techniques that you will learn if you decide to give this your attention. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing chronic pain of any kind and would like to take back control of your life, then there really is no reason not to give this gift of Drug Free Pain Relief to yourself.

Pain Relief Tip 3 Relaxation

Welcome to your next Tip for Pain Relief.  One of the best ways to help reduce feelings of pain is to ensure that you find time to RELAX.  It’s a fact that when we are stressed or anxious it has a very real tangible effect on our body.  Our muscles tense up and all that tension creates further stress and pain.  The more you can practice regular relaxation and incorporate it into your day the less pain and discomfort you will experience.

There are several things you can do to help relax your body and one of the first things is to Slow down and take one thing at a time rather than attempting to do several things at once. You can practice several things that help you to build relaxation into your day.

Notice if you are clenching any part of your body. This is most noticeable in the Jaw and shoulders. Begin by relaxing the jaw by making sure your teeth are not together when your mouth is closed. Make sure to drop your shoulders,  when standing and moving around, this also has the added effect of making you stand erect in the most comfortable position.

Deep breathing is another way to relax. So whenever you get a moment make a conscious decision to breathe deeply and allow the breath to go deep into the abdomen. Taking long slow breaths.  Finally taking 10 -20 mins out of your day to sit or lie down and relax with your eyes closed is a wonderful way to stimulate your endorphins, the bodies own natural pain relieving chemicals.

You can learn how to incorporate relaxation, meditation and other pain relieving techniques at our regular Pain Management Groups.

Go Here:   to find out more and begin to take control of your life once more. OR CALL DEE 07903456237

Pain Relief Tip 2 Breathing

What is it that you do every single day without even thinking? Hmmmm, many of you will think of several things.  Well let me put it another way.  What ESSENTIAL thing do you do every single day?  the answer is: We breathe.  Yes we Breathe and yet most of us do not use our breath in a way that will help us.  We breathe every second of the day yet many of us breathe far too shallowly. We hardly ever use the huge capacity of our lungs.  Shallow breathing, that is, breathing  into the top of your chest only, means your brain becomes starved of oxygen. This results, in an increase in your pain levels. Additional problems can be feeling tense and maybe increased risk of  headache or other symptoms.

When you practice deeper breathing you will gain numerous positive effects.

  • It helps your muscles relax.
  • All the cells of your body will be fed with oxygen and regenerated .
  • It increases and encourages the production of endorphins – your body’s own feel good hormones.
  • Deep breathing has a calming effect on your mind.
  • Most important of all – it’s the key to relieving your pain.
  • To get the benefit from your breath, take Breath Breaks, throughout the day. It takes only a few minutes and is  especially beneficial if you’re sitting at a computer or screen for any length of time.
  • It’s important not to force your breath, simply take gentle, normal breaths that go deep  into your abdomen.
  • A helpful addition is to say to yourself, as  you breathe out: “Relax…” or “Calm”
  • Really allow yourself to feel your body relaxing and letting go of any stress, any tension and any pain sensations. At our Pain Management groups you will be shown how to  use your breath as a means of relieving your pain, how to take your attention to the place of discomfort and to very gently breathe out through that place. Use your breath it is always there to help you.!
Our pain management groups will help you to fully learn and practice this and other pain control strategies. Go Here: CALL DEE 07903456237 to book your place and find out more


Pain Relief Tip 1 Pacing

How are you this morning? Is it a good one? Are you focussing on how you are going to get through the day, and if that Chronic Pain will overwhelm you once again?  Todays Tip will help you to manage your discomfort and get you through the day in an easier way.

Imagine that you are stood in front of a mountain and you have to climb it to get to the other side. As you look at its height it feels like a huge undertaking! Now just imagine that you are looking down at your feet, and you focus on each  small step.  You forget the mountain you are just aware of your feet as you put one foot in front of the other. You can stop, you can rest, you can alter your body position, you can plan how long you will walk and how long you will rest.  So you’re first Tip of the week is: PACING.

Pacing: is about creating a balance between doing too much and making the pain worse and doing too little and being totally inactive.  When you Pace yourself correctly throughout the day you recognise when its time to stop before the pain rises and therefore remain in control.

Spread out your tasks into smaller chunks.  Recognise when it is your time to stop and rest. You will know your own body so take the time to notice this.  Time your activity and then break it down so that you get it done without increasing the pain. Before you know it you will have reached the top of that mountain without any effort at all! Have a great day!

You can learn more about Pacing and other helpful ways to reduce and eliminate your pain by attending our Friendly small group sessions. Go Here. OR CALL DEE 07903 456237 for more information and to book your place.