CHRONIC PAIN & FIBROMYALGIA
RESEARCH BY THE BRITISH PAIN SOCIETY FOUND THAT 43% OF THE UK POPULATION EXPERIENCE CHRONIC PAIN, WITH UP TO 14.3% LIVING WITH CHRONIC PAIN THAT IS EITHER MODERATELY OR SEVERELY DISABLING.
Did you know that hypnosis can help reduce pain?
If you're one of the many people who struggle daily to cope with long-term, persistent pain, you've probably tried pretty much everything. Painkillers may have little effect; they can also be addictive and cause drowsiness, brain fog, constipation and all kinds of other unpleasant side effects. Exercise may be helpful, but when your sleep is poor and you wake up exhausted and stiff it's hard enough to even crawl out of bed to the shower.
When you've been suffering for a long time you may well be experiencing depression and anxiety which can make the experience of pain even worse. It's a cycle that's hard to break. You may try to push through the pain, but the exhaustion eventually becomes too much and you're not able to keep working, or you have to give up activities you used to enjoy.
Chronic pain can affect every aspect of your life.
JAW PAIN (TMJ)
POST SURGICAL PAIN
POST TRAUMA PAIN
LOWER BACK PAIN
Pain is useful when it's a response to tissue damage; it lets us know that something is wrong and reminds us to protect the injury. Think of it as a fire alarm: very important to alert us to a fire, but not at all appropriate once the fire has been put out. In chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia,
the alarm is going off constantly when there is no fire.
Part of the problem with this kind of pain is our expectation of it and emotional response to it. Much like anxiety, we can get into a habit of scanning our bodies for any sign of discomfort. Tension, anxiety and low mood reduces our pain tolerance. When no direct physical cause for your pain can be found, doctors may tell you it's psychological: "all in your head". This is not helpful when you're in constant pain.
Chronic pain is any persistent pain that carries on for more than about 12 weeks. If you've had pain for this long or longer, your pain system will have become better at creating pain. Your nerve cells become more sensitive and responsive: they learn to make more pain. Your system is constantly on alert, and can be turned up and down by your thoughts and feelings, as well as things that are happening in your life. When you've had chronic pain for a long time, you expect it and start to believe it will always be there; this also activates the pain response and causes those signals to fire more regularly.
Everyone is different, and our experience of pain varies widely. I work with the subconscious mind using methods that are tailored to your unique needs and how your imagination works best. In this way, we can re-train your brain to block those unnecessary pain signals and address other symptoms such as brain fog, poor sleep, weight gain and fatigue.
Hypnosis can change your perception of the unpleasantness or intensity of pain, and allow you to change your emotional response to it which will reduce anxiety and depression. Additionally, I can help you with the symptoms of IBS, migraines, arthritis, chronic fatigue and many more painful conditions.
If your pain is still being investigated by the doctor I can't get involved; obviously I don't want to help you turn off pain that's alerting you to an injury or illness. If, however, your doctor has found no underlying physical cause and can only prescribe pain medication, I'd be happy to work with you.
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"I’ve suffered with chronic pain (fibromyalgia) for several years as well as osteoarthritis in my lower spine for about 15 years. Claire introduced me to totally new ways to manage this pain and the mental and emotional suffering that has come with my conditions. I can now approach and access my physical, mental and emotional pains to help cope with them day to day." —P.H.