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North London Stress Management Centre.
Tel: 020 8444 4871
We have seen numerous examples, either directly witnessed by us at our London centre or recorded by others, where certain people are able to control the strength of the physical pain they are suffering by changing their emotional response and perceptions to their discomfort, to such a degree, that the pain greatly subsides, regardless of its initial intensity or whether it is caused by injury or illness.
Wherever in the body we feel pain, the signals associated with it travel from the affected area along thousands of specialised nerve fibres, through the spinal cord to the sensory centre of the brain and onto the cerebral cortex, where the location of the pain is deciphered. In certain instances, such as brain damage or spinal injury, the pain sensation is experienced directly from these areas. We may encounter pain from a chronic condition or a debilitating disease but the path the pain takes in most cases is still the same, as are the basic physiological reactions to it.
The main reason why continual pain can occur is that the brain becomes over-sensitised as the result of constant pain input, therefore sending signals back to the spinal cord which tends to increase the pain even further. In a nutshell, the body’s cautionary system becomes more receptive, therefore increasing the pain even when there may no longer be any continuing harm to the body.
Central to pain control are three principal factors, or characteristics, that should be considered:
Pain, and the anxiety it triggers, are inseparable. We fall unwittingly into an ever-revolving cycle of pain = anxiety = depression = pain = fatigue = insomnia = pain and so on, until the experience becomes part of our identity. Pain brings forth negative emotions. Negative emotions summon pain.
People often react to pain in accordance with general patterns established in childhood. If you are conditioned to believe that you have a low tolerance to pain based on childhood experiences, it is likely that your level of pain will intensify. If you feel that you can tolerate pain to a certain degree, you will build up a resistance that falls in line with your belief mechanism. If you think of pain as a relatively normal outcome of your present state of rehabilitation, for example, you are less likely to fall into the anxiety loop than if you view the pain as a signal that a previously banished illness is returning
Low self-esteem, negativity, lack of motivation, general unhappiness and (in particular) a dependency on other people are traits that can contribute to determining one’s susceptibility to pain. Vulnerable people at the best of times find it extremely difficult to gain control. In a pain scenario, it is often the case that their pain threshold is severely restricted. People who adopt a more positive outlook on life, who take control of themselves and situations will find it easier to adopt a healthy aggression towards pain.
Pain can be controlled with the use of hypnotherapy. In many instances there is a strong psychological component to the experience of pain that can be shifted significantly utilising a blend of hypnosis, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) visualization and psychotherapy. In addition to the live sessions, we also prepare for clients personalised recordings (in either CD or MP3 format) that aid the recovery process and enhance the healing experience. Everyone has the potential to control pain, and there is no reason why you should be the exception. Please feel free to contact us for further details about pain control, or to book an Initial Consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.
PLEASE NOTE: We are obliged to point out that pain acts as a warning mechanism and is a necessary condition within the body’s system, sending us messages that something is wrong. Therefore, it is important that before contacting us in relation to pain control, you visit your GP or specialist for a full diagnosis. Though our techniques are highly effective, they must not be used as a replacement for prescribed medications.