Treating Chronic Pain With Hypnosis
OVER A 116 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE US SUFFER FROM CHRONIC PAIN, AND 1.5 BILLION WORLDWIDE! Chronic Pain: Treatments and Its Controversies It is being co produced by my best friend and spouse Janet Still, who is also a Family Nurse Practitioner. Not only does Janet bring her holistic medical approach to this documentary, she is also an amazing writer. If you have a story to tell about your chronic pain experiences you can contact us on our Facebook Page
Chronic Pain: Treatments and Its Controversies
Many faces, One condition Who are you? You have likely defined and redefined yourself by your life dreams and those with whom you share your dreams. Perhaps you or a cherished loved one have had your life’s wholeness threatened by a previously unfamiliar character named illness or injury. But anyone alive is witness to those occasional hardships. Maybe you are among those that are inspired by hardship and the heroic stories of those who met hardships’ challenges “face on” and grew wiser from the encounter. Perhaps you are also one for whom this documentary/book is especially written: either the experience of a new and hard challenger called chronic pain or the loved one of such a hero. Each day the person in chronic pain begins life all over as a child with wobbly legs reaching for his parents’ hand. But in our increasingly more complex society and lifestyle, who are the teachers and parents for those in chronic pain? This book hopes to lead you to your teacher...which in the end will be you and your experience. The producers and many contributing experts are, like you, heroes that awake each day to discover their rhetorical “legs” for facing the day with chronic pain. We aspire to walk beside you in discovering “teachers” via our experiences. So many claims are made, usually with products to sell coincidentally, for the sufferers of chronic pain. But we, like you? have more important goals to pursue than spending a life and our efforts trying others’ promises. We know there are people in this situation because we meet you everyday or hear of you from the people who care about you and latch on to the words of anyone that seems to be getting past the devastating effects of chronic pain. (Check in here for the release date)
Hypnosis has been a huge part of my life not only as an entertainer but also as a therapist, and especially as it relates to chronic pain. So in a simplistic fashion this is what we definitely know.
Scientists are just beginning to understand the complexity of the brain, so recent research related to hypnosis and its profound effect on chronic pain has given the hypnotherapist a powerful healing tool.
Images of the brain during hypnosis via pet scans and MRIs have given us tantalizing information. They show us that specific emotional vocabulary lighten up different parts of the brain.
This is what we know and for more detailed information you can go to the appendices at the end. For simplicity we are going to divide the brain up into the following areas: 1.The Thalamus 2. Primary and Sensory Cortices 3. Anterior Cingulate Cortex 4. Pre Frontal Cortex
The Thalamus is located right in the center of the brain. The spinal cord sends information from the Thalamus that potentially can be turned into pain sensations to four other areas of the brain, it acts as a rely station
Anterior Cingulate Cortex Is involved in a large number of brain functions, including our emotional responses to sensation and events. It is very active when we are upset about pain and calms down and becomes less active when we are not bothered by pain. By being able to directly see the activity in their Acc and with practice, subjects could learn to increase and decrease that activity and in turn could change the intensity and unpleasantness of painful heat stimulation The patients who received training reported a 44 % decrease in their chronic pain. People can learn to get control over the severity of their pain by getting control over their brain activity
Sensory Cortex (Primary &Sensory) Is the part of the brain that works to tell us where we might be feeling a sensation, head foot , stomach, etc and how the sensation feels, eg burning, cold, sharp dull, numb. It does not tell us 1. To do anything to stop the pain 2. How up setting the pain is 3. Or what it must mean in our life Other parts of the brain are needed for us to be upset about pain and to decide if something needs to be done to relieve the pain Insula It can be viewed as a monitor. It becomes active if and when the brain perceives something as physically wrong, ie physically damaged
Pre Frontal Cortex This processes memories about pain, the conclusions about the meaning that pain has in our lives, the decisions we make about how we should cope with our pain.
So understanding that different areas of the brain deal with different emotions, and respond to different types of emotional language then it would make sense that not all hypnotic scripts for pain would contain the same language. Keep your eye open on this page for free downloads and podcasts which will be coming up soon.