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Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy for Chronic Pain & Pain Management in Bristol

 

 

Quick Facts About Chronic Pain

 

 

  • Acute pain is short-lived, whereas chronic pain can last for several months if not years.
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  • Chronic pain can have a detrimental effect on many areas of your life even causing some sufferers to contemplate suicide.
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  • Chronic pain can be caused by an injury or illness, or it may be the result of your body's stress system not switching off properly.
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  • Rest assured that both psychotherapy and hypnotherapy can be effective in treating chronic pain or helping you manage your experience of pain. The most effective treatment plan often uses a multi-dimensional approach.

 

 

More Information About Chronic Pain

 

 

Pain has two main forms: acute and chronic. Acute pain is short-lived and quick to die down. Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks. Sadly many sufferers of chronic pain have been suffering for a lot longer than 12 weeks, in some cases the pain can last for several years! Chronic pain can have detrimental effects on your work life, relationships, mood, sleep, leisure activities, and your health in general. Chronic pain can be incredibly stressful leading to such problems as depression, addiction, or even suicide.

 

 

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"Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks. Sadly many sufferers of chronic pain have been suffering for a lot longer than 12 weeks, in some cases the pain can last for several years!"

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According to the National Pain Audit anywhere from 8 - 60% of the population may be struggling with some form of chronic pain. While chronic pain can affect anyone at any age, many sufferers are females in middle age. The reason for this are as yet unknown.

 

 

Chronic pain can be caused by several issues such as nerve damage, cancer, arthritis, or an injury. In some cases pain continues even after the injury has been treated and healed. In the past sufferers were often told by doctors that it was "all in their head", however modern trauma specialists now understand that pain can result from the body's stress response getting stuck in an ongoing cycle referred to as the 'freeze' response. The freeze response is an instinctive response of the nervous system that can be triggered by a traumatic experience such as an accident, illness, or shock, or by previous emotional traumas or negative experiences. In a freeze response various stress systems in the body remain primed to deal with a threat leading to an experience of fatigue or muscle tension as well as numerous other potential symptoms.

 

 

Chronic pain sufferers may experience:

 

 

  • Shooting Pain
  • Burning Pain
  • Aching
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Tightness
  • Stiffness
  • Soreness
  • Fatigue
  • Etc.

 

 

Chronic Pain is likely to be accompanied by other symptoms such as:

 

 

 

 

Having successfully helped several sufferers of chronic pain and other pain related conditions such as M.E., I recognise that pain is a complex issue that often requires a multi-modal treatment approach. In other words successful treatment usually requires tackling the problem from many angles. This may be why, historically, chronic pain has been considered difficult to treat.

 

 

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"Having successfully helped several sufferers of chronic pain and other pain related conditions such as M.E., I recognise that pain is a complex issue that often requires a multi-modal treatment approach."

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Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy for Chronic Pain in Bristol and on Skype

 

 

Both psychotherapy and hypnotherapy can be highly effective at helping you manage chronic pain. In some cases psychotherapy and hypnotherapy can help to completely eliminate or resolve chronic pain. This is not to imply that for such individuals their experience of pain is purely psychological, simply that pain maintenance can be caused by the freeze response, and by a complex mind-body relationship known as bottom-up / top-down control. In many cases of chronic pain, your body remains on high alert even though the original stress trigger has passed. By engaging in various processes we can fortunately send the signal to your stress system that the danger is over and thereby induce a relaxation response that brings an end to your experience of pain.

 

 

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"In many cases of chronic pain, your body remains on high alert even though the original stress trigger has passed. By engaging in various processes we can fortunately send the signal to your stress system that the danger is over and thereby induce a relaxation response that brings an end to your experience of pain."

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You can find out more about the freeze response and the phenomenon of bottom-up / top-down control over at my Sequential Psychotherapy website. There you'll find an informative video and lots of useful information about how the brain and body can interact to produce or maintain a wide variety of symptoms and conditions. Sequential Psychotherapy is a practical step-by-step process for resolving stress triggers, down-regulating your nervous system, and systematically reducing or resolving pain and discomfort.

 

 

If you're looking for help managing chronic pain, or you're interested to see if therapy could help you get the root of your chronic pain you are warmly invited to join me at The Bristol Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy Clinic or online via Skype to discuss your situation in privacy and comfort. Why not get in touch to book your FREE initial consultation today.

 

 

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