Your mind is an incredibly powerful tool and when you can learn to harness it to influence your body, emotions and life, truly amazing things can occur.
Is it any wonder then that research is showing that the more we understand pain, the less we hurt? When we have better conscious understanding of the mechanisms of pain then the pain will often diminish. However, when pain is a mystery, the mind and emotions perpetuate and exacerbate the pain sensation.
In David Butler's book, Explain Pain, he points out that even after the physiological cause of pain is resolved our body's production of stress chemicals such as cortisol and adrenaline will cause the pain sensors to trigger. In other words, even if there is no cause for physical alarm in the body, when your body senses a threat it replays the sense of pain that it had been so accustomed to signaling. So our conscious and subconscious mind have a large role to play when it comes to pain.
Chronic pain in many cases may be chronic because the mind-body association with the pain has not been resolved. A pain that you felt a decade ago can suddenly rear its ugly head again when you are under stressful times.
Pain In The Mind
The science of understanding pain is rapidly expanding and deepening but as is often the case, clinical practitioners are far ahead of the studies and research. One such case is with trauma specialist Brent Baum, the creator of Holographic Memory Resolution, who has seen countless cases of pain having its origins somewhere other than the body. Mysterious pains that don't show up with any damage on an MRI have confounded medical doctors for at least a century. Brent has however seen that in many cases both the cause and solution for the physical sensation of pain that someone is experiencing lays in their past traumas.
Brent trained me in this unique technique and its truly amazing to help people discover that the pain they are experiencing in their knee or in their low back is actually an unresolved memory. What's even more incredible is that often times this idiopathic (unknown cause) pain disappears in just a few sessions using this technique.
What is actually happening is that your mind has a fail safe mechanism when it encounters a state of overwhelm that is too much for your body and mind to handle. In this mechanism, the mind will freeze that state of the self (child or adult) along with its unresolved emotional response and store it holographically in the nervous system. My best guess is that it is stored locally in the spinal cord but that is only a theory. In any case, that unresolved trauma and the unmet need (think: safety, love, acceptance etc.) are stored until the mind-body can resolve it.
If that is not resolved through the natural unfolding of life then at some point it will be triggered and activated within the nervous system. In truth it has likely been having some subtle physiological effect in the body ever since the event. Meaning, your body has consistently released the chemical messengers of stress in response to that event localized to that area of your body ever since the event. The result of these chemical messengers will vary from person to person but if the body is under other significant stressors then there is a worsening of the effect locally in that part of the body's tissues. Furthermore the effect of these chemical messengers of stress may contribute to something other than pain such as metabolic issues or autoimmune issues in that part of the body.
As an example, the abuse that happened at age 5 is held in the nervous system, having some subtle effect on physiology for decades and then when the stress of life, such as divorce, job challenges or loss of a loved one, the pain starts to emerge. Doctors can't find anything wrong. Perhaps they label it with something like Fibromyalgia. In the past it would have been called hysteria (interesting resemblance to hysterectomy). In any case, the pain of the abuse shows up as pain the in the body. It will continue to do this until the painful emotions and the originating event and relationships are resolved.
Pain In The Body and Mind
The preceding example and explanation was one of pain in the body that solely has its origin in the mind. The truth though is that pain has a very important role. Pain is a signal that some tissue is damaged or that it is in danger of being damaged. If we shut off all pain sensation then we run a very serious risk of damaging our body permanently.
I deeply appreciate one of my mentors, Paul Chek and his characterization of pain. Paul aptly calls it the pain teacher, implying that with any pain there is something for us to learn. With physically originating pain, we can discover where our body is experiencing a challenge and then we can take appropriate actions to resolve it. With emotional pain it can direct us to where we are not seeing our wholeness. If you have pain then don't run from it, go head first into that pain and ask it what its telling you. Remember, fear and the unknown worsens pain so the more you hide from it, the worse and louder it will get.
The presence of the mind-body connection means that what happens to and in your body has an effect on the mind and pain in particular can be worsened by the emotional component of pain being left unresolved. If you tear your ACL in your knee playing basketball then you had both a physical and emotional trauma that you experienced. While that is a difficult physical trauma to heal from, it can be made more difficult when the emotional side is not addressed.
Similarly, with a chronic pain of known origin (ex. disc bulge) you are experiencing both an ongoing real physical signal from your body of the danger to your tissues as well as an ongoing emotional trauma. The result of not addressing the emotional effects of the daily pain is a worsening of the pain.
Reducing & Eliminating Pain With Hypnotherapy
Whatever the cause of or chronicity of your pain, it can be improved or even potentially eliminated with hypnotherapy and with holographic memory resolution. To make this more clear, I'll share a quote from Brent Baum with one of his case histories, "In one case was a woman who was addicted to pain meds for over thirty years, resulting from a car accident that occurred when she was seven years old. The doctors even reported that she had permanent nerve damage from the accident and continuously prescribed pain meds for her. When we actually accessed the accident scene, she discovered that the accident involved an emotional trauma of lying by the interstate with her legs crushed, while no one would stop and help her or her unconscious family members: at that moment she realized she might die and encoded the scene as trauma. When we reframed the scene and brought her promptly to the hospital, the trance resolved and all the pain suddenly vanished. I myself did not believe her at first, having read the substantial documentation affirming permanent nerve damage. When the trance was resolved all of her pain resolved as well. The fact was that the only pain present was that produced by the unresolved trance state. Her pain never returned, and her “recovery program” was, quite obviously, much easier to maintain."
The power of your mind cannot be overstated. If you are experiencing any kind of physical pain you can make significant headway in just a few sessions. Please note that diagnosed conditions will require a doctors referral.
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Disclaimer: Hypnosis is a partnership between the client and the facilitator to create change in both the conscious and subconscious mind. I am a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, not a Licensed Medical Doctor or Mental Health Professional. As such, hypnotherapy services performed are non-therapeutic and not intended to take the place of professional counseling, medical, or psychological care and should not be used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment of any condition. I do not work on pain or diagnosed mental or physical conditions without the referral from a licensed practitioner of the healing arts per North Carolina State Statutes. If you are under the care of a medical professional for any condition for which you are seeking hypnosis support, please obtain a signed, written referral from your provider prior to engaging me and moving forward with related sessions.
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