Curing Chronic Pain
All too often I hear people saying “there is no cure for my chronic pain condition”, “My aunty Jo is really struggling but there’s nothing we can do”, “You are my last hope, nothing else has ever helped”.
Chronic pain debilitates around 28 million adults in the UK alone and the driving force behind this pain is not a broken limb or an infection but more simply it is the brain. Acute pain is pain experienced when we stub our toe or break a limb but often is healed and recovered within 3 months. When pain persists for the long term it is considered chronic pain. There does not have to be a reason for the pain, and often a biological explanation cannot be found, which tells us the driving force behind the pain is the brain.
This concept can be difficult to come to terms with because when there is something wrong we can fix it, so when we cannot find a reason for a problem we do not know what to fix. Clients I help often wish there was something wrong so that they can be given a treatment. Many have had extensive tests and assessments looking for a problem to be told there is nothing physically wrong and that the problem lies in the brain as a psychological problem. Just because there is no cause does not mean it is ‘all in the head’ though, because the physical symptoms and experiences are very real.
Chronic pain can become life-consuming impacting every area of someone’s life and all too often leave an active, working individual- bed-bound and helpless. Often individuals are advised that there is no cure and to self-manage and identify any triggers, sometimes with extremely strong medications to numb the pain but accompanied with unpleasant side effects.
The work I do with clients is largely about understanding the mind-body connection so that we can make sense of how the brain can give us such severe physical symptoms and most importantly what we can do about it to take back control and ultimately reduce or even remove chronic pain symptoms.
The brain is constantly changing and with the help of Hypnotherapy, we can encourage the brain to re-programme itself with more positive coping mechanisms as we make small changes to our lives to promote this positive shift in life experience just like Hannah Millington had.
Read more about Hannah Millington’s experience of with chronic pain, coming to terms with there being no reason for the pain and resulting in coming off pain medication completely, stopping physiotherapy and starting to move in the same way she did before the chronic pain took over: