What I have found in the years I have been working with clients that have pain is that pain is largely dependent on the emotional state of the client. There are systems in the brain that specifically alter the perception of pain. Mood, expectation, and attention all affect the perception of pain. Our brains are attuned to paying attention to pain as it is a signal designed to warn us that something is out of balance and requires our attention. Perception and experience of pain is very individual, this can be affected not only by the emotional state but also by attitude, beliefs, stress, anxiety and trauma among other things.
There are two components to pain. There is the origin and transmission of the pain signal, which is perceived as any tactile sensation. But then there is a specific emotional component to pain which occurs in the brain – that processing which makes pain hurt, that makes it into an emotionally negative experience. These two components can be separated. (1)
There is a built-in system for modulating pain in response to both the physical and emotional environment. This system can be altered with physical and emotional inputs. If a client is guided to feel more relaxed, better emotionally, less stress or anxious, the perception of pain decreases.
What I have also found is that there is almost always unresolved emotional baggage behind pain. Pain can be a symptom of emotional baggage that has not been dealt with or it can be a distraction that the mind/body has produced to take attention away from the deeper unresolved emotional issues that are present.
This is why tapping and hypno-therapy can be very useful tools as part of the overall approach to pain.
When working with tapping/hypnosis we are working with mindset, perception, thoughts, emotions, as we do this we are re-wiring the way the brain is working, creating new neurological pathways in the brain, changing the experience of pain. By doing this we also change the hormones and chemicals being released, enabling a shift in how the body is reacting to the pain, stress, anxiety.
A simple but powerful TIP:
When you have pain or illness, shift away from owning it and being it. So rather than calling it MY pain or MY illness, call it THE pain or THE illness, this mindset shifts it from being something that you own or that you are to something that you are experiencing that you can work with. This can shift the attitude from being something that you are stuck with to something that you can be free of.
- Be more accepting of pain…lowered resistance reduces pain
- Work with it rather than against it, changing attitude
- Tune into and shift emotional baggage behind pain and emotional responses TO pain
- Alleviate the sensory and/or affective components of a pain
- Change perception, changing your whole experience of pain
- Empower you to not OWN the pain, shifting mindset to ‘the’ pain not ‘my’ pain
“What happens to your pain when you are not thinking about it”?
Founder and currently Executive Editor of Science-Based Medicine Steven Novella, MD
About the Author:
Gayle Dwyer is our resident clinical Hypnotherapist and EFT – Tapping practitioner at Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre. Gayle loves to spend quality time with special friends, feeling very grateful and is passionate about anything Mind, body, spirit & energy. ‘I am constantly blown away by the change that tools like hypnotherapy & tapping can bring about. And not only that but just connecting with clients at such a deep level. Gayle specializes in Hypno for Gastric Banding/Weight Loss and quit smoking. Gayle also is able to offer private health refunds for Hypnotherapy. For more on Gayle click here.
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