Category Archives: Hypnotherapy Pain

Pain Lessening with Hypnosis in Newcastle

Pain hurts and pain hurts because it is mean to! That is a fact and a survival mechanism of life. We want to avoid pain as much as possible because prolonged or unmanaged pain means suffering.

When we experience physical pain, this is the signal something is out of kilter, unbalanced or damage has happened. It’s our bodies way of both alerting us to potential damage or stopping us doing more damage and conversely start to heal and repair.

Hypnotherapy Pain Newcastle

Pain like those odd little candy beans comes in a variety of flavours and individuals like you can also interpret those flavours in a wide variety of ways. I would like to discuss how and what pain is before suggesting some ways to consider any possibilities of alleviating it.

Pain can be visceral, that is originating in internal organs or from our immediate and visible body; like muscle, skin which can be acute or chronic or somewhere, anywhere inbetween like sensations from joints and bones which can often be describes as both chronic and acute. And may include nerve or neuropathic pain.

This is sensationally what we know as fast and slow pain. Fast pain is sharp and often over in a very short space of time. Slow pain can go on for what seems like ages. Slow pain or chronic pain is what this post is about and some ideas about how this can be better managed.

The sensations of pain are transmitted through our nerves to our brain ( except in a certain case ) and we have the subjective experience of pain. Nociceptors which respond to a variety of ‘pain’ situations like burning, cuts, chemical or physical damage react and send the information back for our subjective appraisal.

Our subjective sense of pain is transmitted via the dorsal root ganglia along the spinal column in most of the body and directly from the face. Our sensory ( not motor ) system feeds into the back of our spine and is then sent to the brain. Once in the brain there is a subjective and unconscious assessment.

The internet super highway of our spinal column deals with the sharp, acute and immediately stingy aspect of pain, while the lateral and ventral spinal nerve pathways (anterolateral ) transmit slow or chronic pain.

I wonder if you know that birds can eat chili seeds without any sensation of burning or heat? The receptors that respond to being burned in a human also respond the the molecular structure of the active ingredient in a chilly pepper. This is why chilis ‘feel’ hot to humans but not to birds.

You may notice I am using the word subjective.

This is deliberate because, I am sure you know, there are situations where a person can literally be oblivious to pain or even think it is a good thing, depending on the situation. When either attention is completely elsewhere or the meaning of such discomforts is very other than pain.

I am told people can skin their knees, rump and elbows and be completely oblivious. A hard massage, albeit painful can feel good. This is what I am meaning by subjective. Change the situation and subjectivity can change.

Anticipating and remembering pain are aspects of our memory and imagination that can amplify pain. This is obvious to anyone who is in the situation of having experienced pain for some time and anticipates more pain. It might be possible in such cases to cut the sensation of pain by around two thirds if the pain can be reduced to the present.

I am also thinking that as a reader, your pain subjectivity changes and alters during the day and night. There may be times of excruciating pain and others when there is little or none. Again when this is true, there are natural processes at large which could be explored and utilised in hypnosis.

If you would like to explore how hypnotherapy could help you manage pain. Of course having seen you doctor first, this is essential! I may be able to help you.

You may wish to mediate your pain using less medication or explore how ideopathic ( without a know medical cause ) pain could be lessened or reduced.

If you can imagine how you will feel, emotionally, physically and mentally with much less pain, just imagine, you may already be changing you subjective experience.

Consultation are free and take up to 25 minutes. When you would like to explore options in feeling less pain, get in touch.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle call 0770 481 8467 or email nigel @ nigelhetherington dot co dot uk and leave a message with you name, number and what you would like to do different.

 

Living With and Without Pain a Hypnotherapy Approach

It’s a safe bet to think practically every person who has every lived on this planet from the time of our earliest tool making ancestors, Homo Habilis some two and a half million years ago to each and every one of us alive now today, has experienced pain in a variety of forms.

Who today hasn’t learned to avoid putting fingers in a closing door frame at an early age or who can’t imagine an ancient toolmaking ancestor cracking her thumb with something resembling a hammer. In these instances the function of pain is obvious.

Pain Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Pain can be instructional in our learning and also hurt enough when we are required to rest and heal our affected limbs or digits. Pain sensors comes in two basic flavours these being mechanoreceptor and nociceptors both of which ‘conduct pain’ at different speeds to the spine and then the brain.

A Simple Understanding of Pain

Pain instructs us something is wrong. This can be as simple as paper-cut or as immobilising as a sprained ankle. Pain once it has been processed in the nervous system has essentially two types: Fast sharp sting and Slow long and throbbing.

The fast and sharp pain could be a sting, a puncture a break. This can often cause a spinal reflex which will get our affected limbs our of harms way. The longer, duller pain is usually a signal we need to stop using that limb, have that tooth filled at the dentist, have some inflammatory immune response or need to seek medical advice.

Adding Complexity to the Picture of Pain

Our mood, our environment and the meaning we ascribe can massively change how we experience pain. It wont change the basic nuts and bolts mechanism of sending the signals yet our mood can change our experience of it.

A person on their way to church about to get married all in love and emancipated with the days celebrations may not notice they sprain their ankle as leap eagerly out of the wedding car.

A fireman rescuing people from a building might not notice cutting his leg on an old jaggerdy pipe until much later on, after the rescue event.

So our situations, mental state, emotions and purpose can and usually do change our experience of pain to a greater or lesser degree.

Exercise can be painful in terms of physical demands, exercising muscles or battling through the pain barrier.  You know what is on the other side of that pain barrier? Some home grown opioids and that is like morphine or heroin.

Of course these are perfectly legal and constitute what is commonly known as runner high. This is actually one of the serious benefits of moderate exercise that kick in somewhere around the 20 minute period.

What is modulating or ameliorating our pain response in this instance? Our endogenous ( internal ) opioids which act as pain killers or suppressors. The make us feel good and this ‘feeling’ good alters our experience of pain.

Hypnotherapy and Changing your State

Hypnosis is far more common that most people think. Think about how you react to reading some tragic news headline. You have thoughts and emotions about what you see and more so about the feelings this conjurers up.

In some sense a tragic headline focuses your attentions and your thoughts and suddenly you may feel angry, relieved, patriotic or something that your reading some headline has caused.

By moving your attentions to what has become ( albeit transitorily ) immediately relevant, your whole ongoing experience changed.

Many people, sadly are effected by chronic pain. People do find ways to mediate this experience it may be drugs, acupuncture ( which can switch off a certain kind of pain receptor for a while ), swimming or what are know as displacement activities or distractions.

Hypnosis may be a way of employing a ‘psychological distraction’ that can change how you perceive pain because hypnotherapy has been used successfully for conducting surgical operations without anaesthetic.

Where Pain Problems Begin

There are several instances where pain is no longer serving a truly positive and benevolent function. These can be auto-immune disease such as arthritis, chronic neuropathology pain like carpal tunnel or what is known as idiopathic pain ( pain of an unknown cause ).

Long term, long term pain and its remembered and anticipated effects can be pretty depressing. Our aim together, where it is safe, is to use hypnotherapy to alter and direct attentions towards solutions and living more agreeably.

A Possible Pain Solution With Hypnotherapy

One of the most common questions regarding hypnotherapy is will this work? Do you know doctors can not guaranteed drugs or surgery will cure a patients ailments.  Similarly no therapist should be making such guarantees or promises  to clients.

The only way we will know is by having the time together and then be able to give a experienced based evaluation.

Before working with hypnotherapy for pain management, it is essential you have seen your doctor or medical professional for a diagnosis.

Having has your doctor or medical professional, where it is both safe to and desirable to explore ways of pain management, you may wish to explore what hypnotherapy in Newcastle, Jesmond can offer you.

Please call me, Nigel, to arrange a free telephone consultation to see how I may be able to assist you. 0770 481 8467

 

 

 

Loss, Grief and the Rekindling of Life and Relationships : Newcastle Hypnotherapy

We will all experience loss in this lifetime, this is inevitable. This can be the loss of loved people in our life, the loss of trust, faith, an old yet destructive habit or even aspects of our identity; who we believe we are.

The aftermath of loss, while initially can appear quite bleak, can be strangely  surprising and can, in the right circumstances, drawing deeply from our past, provide a quite unique and dependable foundation for our futures. And it’s mostly not that easy – that is why we suffer and grieve.

Many religions and traditions postulate there is life after death. Scientifically the likely hood of this is remotely unlikely yet there is the complete mystery of how our universe began and this may point towards a spirituality ( not religion ) we can’t ever know about in scientific terms. Is there life before death? Is surely a better exploration for us all.

I am attempting to put loss and grief into a context for positive transformation and at the same time completely honour and acknowledge the pain and suffering which will almost surely go hand in hand.

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Nikos Kazantzakis

I have very recently been to Create and following a tour to Knossos there was a short sight seeing which was concluded at the very spot this photograph was taken.

This is the grave site of Nikos Kazantzakis. Probably best know through his writing Zorba The Greek. Nikos travelled for most of his life and although a citizen of Crete he did not die there.  If you read Greek or can translate the words in the photo it is very close to …

“I Hope For Nothing, I Fear Nothing, I am Free.”

This is one of the most inauspicious tombs I have ever witnessed directly. It is also one of those experiences that will stay with me as long as I live.

Kazantzakis’s words are short and full of a deep and profound wisdom. It is akin to a very central way of being in Buddhism.

When we lose someone, something or even ourselves there is a honest and great potential to grieve and that means feel great sorrow and pain for our loss. And this is a perfectly normal and as far as I am concerned complete human emotion.

A question I asked myself in my early 20’s was, would I rather have not experiences love, delight and connection at the expense of not feeling pain, hurt and loss?

When I was much younger there were many times when this would have been an affirmative YES! Early love affairs, early ideas, hopes and dreams.  Times when the pain of loss was so awful that I would rather have not been alive.

As I age and realise the gift of life more fully and there is a very full spectrum of emotions I am able to both feel and accept, my answer to my question, for me is a certain and definitive NO.

How does anyone go about discovering meaning and purpose in life after a great loss? One story I heard provides the light of hope and although this is one man’s story and most likely not relevant to most people; put yourself in this persons shoes and perhaps you can begin to discover there are ways to both follow your wound and follow your life.

A man, married for decades wife died. He was inconsolable and very very depressed. Imagine being with your partner and soul mate for the best part of a life time and then at some point they are no longer there. Gone and that really is it. The memories live, the associations are there every day and everywhere.

He was looking desperately to stop hurting, exploring religions and spirituality to answer his question ‘Why am I here?, what purpose is there to continue?’.

His therapist asked how his partner, his wife and best friend would have dealt and coped with the situation where he to have died first. His answer was direct ‘She couldn’t it would have killed her.’

He found some purpose in his continued existence. In serving as the one who could go on, just about, and not having his love experience the loneliness and pain he did at that time. I understand he went forward for well over a decade helping people that had experienced the loss of a life partner.

If you would like a free consultation regarding moving on from loss in your life, call me. 0770 481 8467. Thank you for reading.

Hypnotherapy Newcastle Pain Management

We all experience pain because it is a part of being alive in what some call the human condition. Hypnosis in Newcastle for pain can help people manage and deal with the kinds of psychological and physical pain that is as real as physical pain.

Hypnotherapy in Newcastle can assist with the management of both physiological pain and / or the psychological components that make it … well … painful to do day to day run of the mill stuff.

This Is Very Important Regarding Pain Treatment

Physical pain is a signal that something is not right. Depending on the severity pain is usually a signal that alerts us to problems. You need to see your physician or doctor first. Once you doctor has offered their opinions and you have considered your options you may well consider the so called alternative treatments.

Having explored standard medical avenues regarding pain you may consider how using hypnotherapy to manage pain can help you.

Hypnotherapy – Pain And Bio-Neurology

Pain comes to us in a very basic sense in two forms. Fast sharp pain and slow continuous pain. The fast sharp pain is a signal we have injured or damaged our bodies. This is like stubbing a toe, a burn or cutting a finger. An immediate and comparatively short lived sting that alerts to damage.

Afferent nerve fibres of which there are two types relay pain sensations from the periphery of skin, muscles or fibres  or the deeper viscera to the brain. This is where you have the experience of pain. Glutamate is the neurotransmitter involved in pain along with a peptide know as Substance P.  The presence of Substance P increases the intensity and efficacy of pain transmitters.

Our pain sensing nerves are on a job share. The nerves in your brain and body use the same tracks to convey information ( pain ) back to your brain and to your cerebral cortex so you have a conscious recognition of what the neuro-transmitters signal as pain.

Seemingly intractable pain is often the slow dull pain the can be visceral, from extremities or even both. Symptoms of allodynia and hyperalgesia can compound nociceptive and neuropathic pain. Prolonged pain can trigger long term cellular and neuronal changes which exacerbate pain even more.

A further insult can be the aspects of remembered and anticipated pain. Remembering pain can and will activate the neurology of that pain. Same kind of experience for anticipated pain.

Hypnotherapy for Pain Relief

Hypnotherapy here in Newcastle may be able to help you adjust your perceptions and subjective experience relating to your pain. You can know quite rapidly in one session if hypnotherapy can help you because you have immediate experience which you can evaluate.

Hypnotherapy for Pain Management in Newcastle with Nigel Hetherington. For a free consultation call Nigel on 0770 481 8467.