Unlearning Pain

When you are experiencing pain, it’s hard to accept that much of the sensation may be artificial. Yet, neurologist Ramachandran’s work with those with phantom pain from limbs that were no longer there, has shown how pain is actually an “illusion.” Through therapy with mirrors and visualization exercises, patients were able to diminish their experience of pain dramatically.

Pain specialists now believe that messages of pain travel from the site of damaged tissue through the nervous system through several “gates” before reaching the brain. The sensation can be blocked at many points. Even after reaching the brain, a gate can be closed and endorphins released, providing the body’s own pain killers.

Explaining the amazing statement, that “pain is an illusion,” Ramachandran says that

Our mind is a ‘virtual reality machine,’ which experiences the world indirectly an processes it at one remove, constructing a model in our head. So pain, like the body image, is a construct of our brain. (Quoted in The Brain that Changes Itself, by Norman Doidge, MD).

fMRI brain scans also show how with the use of a placebo, the brain can turn down its own pain-responsive regions.

This fascinating work demonstrates why hypnosis is so effective for pain management.  Either by working with a hypnotherapist or by learning self-hypnosis, clients can learn to manipulate their experience of pain, freeing themselves from the need to rely so heavily on pain medications.

Hypnosis for Pain Management

This is one of the areas in which hypnosis is undeniably effective for so many clients.

Pain can paralyze us making it impossible to focus, to work, or even to enjoy those times that are supposed to be pleasant and relaxing.

Under hypnosis people have famously undergone complicated surgery and felt little discomfort. Hypnosis is now even taught in some dental schools as a tool for pain management.

In day-to-day life pain becomes compounded by strong emotions often making us sad, irritable, and angry.

Come for a consultation and learn how you can use hypnosis to begin to enjoy your life again.

Denver’s natural pain clinic. Contact Victoria to find out more: victoria@technologiesoftheself.org