Pain management – programme content
One to one programme available now, group courses begin at a number of venues in the autumn please contact me for more details
This pain management programme is intended to be used as a complementary medical method of taking control of your level of pain through understand and addressing areas that cause exacerbation of symptoms, this may be stress, anxiety, frustration and “fighting” against it, as well as learning methods to reduce it. It also teaches you how by using visualisation, CBT, Hypnosis, NLP, Mindfulness and meditation you can not only change the intensity, frequency and triggers for your pain but the impact that it has on your life as a whole.
It is not intended to be a replacement for medication or medical advice. If during the course of the programme you find that you feel it is appropriate to adjust your medication then this must always be done through your prescribing doctor.
There are many emotions that result from a change in our physical or emotional wellbeing and capabilities. This course will help you understand how you are able to change and work with those emotions to allow you to lead a full and active life within the boundaries of your abilities.
Whether you are new to experiencing chronic pain or whether it has been part of your life for a long time then this course is still suitable for you. To ensure suitability and to ensure I fully understand your needs and challenges, the first session of this 8 session course is a one to one with me either by phone, Skype or in my Ferndown office at a time convenient to us both.
This is your one to one assessment, during this session I will take a history of your pain but also significant life events and your day to day pressures, we will complete a full emotional awareness exercise which I will send you to complete before the session and we will discuss this further. I am looking at 3 key areas;
1. Your predisposition to be in pain i.e. medical conditions, genetics etc.
2. Precipitating events; what has occurred to trigger or exacerbate the situation you are now in.
3. What you are doing to maintain it; this is your thoughts, feelings and behaviours relating to your pain that are creating a negative impact on your physical and emotional health.
I will also introducing you to the concept of positivity journaling as this will accompany and support our work.
Understanding and breaking the cycles; Using CBT I will be teaching you to recognise your triggers and your negative thought, feeling, behaviour cycles, and most importantly how to exit them.
We will be looking at your areas of difficulties and challenges and setting realistic step by step goals.
In this session we will be creating a positive anchor, this is an NLP technique that involves accessing the feelings and experience what we do want. We cannot not do something by trying not to do it, we need to do the something else instead. This puts you onto the path you want to go down, now we will need to work on keeping your there!
We will also begin our positivity journals which will continue through the course and beyond.
We will continue to work on exiting your negative cycles using CBT by looking at the homework I will have set the previous week and addressing the challenges and celebrating our wins.
Then we will be focussing on relaxation as you begin to learn to tune in to your body and treat it with kindness and understanding. It is totally natural to tense into pain, the more tense we become the more pain we get, not just in intensity but in where in the body we experience it, you may for example have a backache but when you become tense you are likely to find an increase in headaches and shoulder pain or even digestive pain.
Relaxation is an invaluable skill to learn as it is the foundation to many of the other techniques we will be exploring.
FACT: It is impossible to be relaxed and anxious at the same time, so if you relax your body your mind will relax too. Relaxation will help aid sleep too!
Breathing and visualisation - Each week we will discuss the tasks that were set the previous week, discussing ways to deal with situations and challenges as they arise and of course look at our successes.
This week will be exiting the negative cycles by using breathing techniques and then adding visualisation of colour, images and sensations to lessen tension and pain.
The concept for this week is; if in doubt breath out!
Addressing the challenges with desensitisation
Now we are more than half way through the programme you will no doubt have learnt that sometimes our cues or triggers that take us to that place of stress or pain can be very persuasive, in this session we will be using a powerful Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy technique to desensitise you to not only your triggers but the pain itself.
This technique and the provided recording can be used again and again on a variety of challenges for the present situation and any that come up in the future.
Mindfulness and meditation
These are ancient methods of healing and relaxation but now they are rapidly becoming scientifically recognised as a way of changing the way our brain responds to stressors. The pain response is just one of many ways the body reacts to stress. Pain in itself is a stressor, so using these techniques is a simple and effective method of lessening both stress and pain.
When we are faced with a negative feeling we often try to fight it in the hope it will get rid of it. When we learn to let go of the fight with peace and without judgement, we have stepped into a caring nurturing environment, where we can listen and work with our body rather than against it.
To read more about mindfulness click here
Self care, sleeping, eating and exercise
In this session we will be taking a holistic view on what else we can do to create a good and healthy environment for our body to heal and thrive.
This will be addressing some of the particular needs of the group as well as some more general advice that will help you to feel as physically fit and healthy as possible.
We will also be looking at loving kindness meditation and the use of a mantra to achieve acceptance in ourselves whatever state we are in at any one time.
Staying on the positive pathway
As this is our last week I will ensure you have techniques to keep you firmly on this positive pathway, we will look at how continued use of the techniques you have learnt will support you in the future, addressing any difficulties that have come up over the weeks.
It will be a time to celebrate your dedication and improvements and to use hypnosis to enhance and establish your positive intentions for the future.