Chronic Pain Relief

Learn how to:

  • Release negative emotions and beliefs associated with the pain state
  • Release any worries about it continuing into the future
  • Become more present in mind and body
  • Let go of the pain

Milton Erickson said “Pain is a complex, a construct, composed of past remembered pain, of present pain experience, and of anticipated pain of the future… The immediate stimuli are only a central third of the entire experience. Nothing so much intensifies pain as the fear that it will be there on the morrow…Conversely, the realization that the present pain is a single event which will come definitely to a pleasant ending serves greatly to diminish pain. ” (Erickson, 1980, Vol 4, p 238).

The way pain is experienced depends a lot on the person affected and how they think. A happy person may well not experience pain from stimuli that are apparently painful. The mere expectation of pain produces 40% of the response produced by real pain (Porro et alia 2002). So the worry about pain continuing into the future can produced pain sensations in the present. this also goes for worrying about having been in pain in the past. So dealing with these aspects of the pain experience can in themselves produce a big reduction in the level of pain experienced.

Through the combination of NLP and hypnosis techniques I have had great results with helping people achieve relief from chronic pain, including my own pain from serious accidents and surgery. It is extremely satisfying to watch someone who has endured pain for months or even years, as they learn how to let go of pain and create comfort and ease within themselves.

The concepts of NLP were created by Bandler and Grinder, partially while studying Milton Erickson and his ability to relieve pain. There have been many studies documenting the relief of pain through NLP and hypnosis. As far back as 1850 James Esdaile, an English surgeon, demonstrated that hypnosis could remove acute pain of major surgery.

In the body there are many nociceptors, which are nerve endings specialised to respond to stimuli strong enough to cause tissue damage. Unlike most nerve endings these become more sensitive to stimuli over time. If the nociceptors are damaged they can misfire repeatedly, producing chronic or long term pain, which no longer serves the brain with useful information about the original injury.

Recent studies have shown that hypnotic suggestions can inquire or decrease the level of activation the nociceptors in the somatosensory cortex – this is the part of the brain where you register the kinaesthetic sensations you believe occurred in a certain part of the body.

There are many techniques available in NLP and hypnosis for helping clients experience pain relief. Combined with the right attitude – which can be learned – these powerful techniques can turn around the quality of life for someone who has lived with chronic pain.

  • Are you living with chronic pain?
  • Would you like to become free of it?
  • Are you prepared to do whatever it takes to be successful in this process?

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