Please also read about the ways we approach pain management, under 'How we work'. There, we consider the concept of pain, dilemmas on the experience of pain and ways to manage pain.
There is a huge variety of natural ways that we all use to manage discomfort of various sorts. These techniques can be quite deliberate and designed from a logical, common sense approach. Indeed, it would make sense to most of us for example to avoid situations that might aggravate an injury or cause us unnecessary discomfort (providing the situation was avoidable and that we are able to find an alternative way of achieving the same goal).
Ways to manage discomfort and pain include:
Allocating, dividing and limiting our time to conduct certain activities
Learning new ways to perform tasks
Learning general relaxation techniques, including breathing techniques, meditation, hypnosis and self- hypnosis, biofeedback and neuro-feedback
Learning to relax specific muscle groups
Experimenting with and designing different goals
Exploring different ways of achieving established goals.
These methods, and techniques like them, are all learnable, designable and open to discovery and negotiation. They provide fertile territory as a focus for counselling interventions where much can be achieved with thoughtful exploration, experimentation and planning.
Dissociative and hypnotic methods
Alternatively, many techniques that we find ourselves employing may be less noticeable to us. To ask an esoteric question … 'Am I really suffering at the times that I may not notice the sensation that I call pain?' Most pain that we experience can really seem as though the experience of it is constant, especially for those injuries or conditions where the term 'chronic' or continual pain seems to apply.
Yet, many of our clients report that a major strategy for managing their pain is to keep their mind busy - to distract themselves from their discomfort. In fact, most of us who have experienced pain of various sorts can recall periods when we really hadn't noticed it so much for a period of time (perhaps periods of heightened focus on a task or deep absorption in an experience). It has been our noticing that our experience of pain can and does change in our daily lives - naturally.
These potent and natural effects appear to be associated with a quality relative to attention, and point usefully to the relationship between one's noticing and experience of sensation.
In these ways, many clients find the use of hypnosis and self-hypnotic strategies invaluable in their repertoire of managing skills. Hypnosis has long served as an effective and powerful mechanism in the management of pain. Everybody responds differently to hypnosis - some people feel the response is so dramatic, it can seem to them like a miracle. For others, the solution may be more subtle, gradual or incremental.
Listed alphabetically, our approach to pain management includes:
What if ... rather than just relying on medication, you found some natural and alternative methods to managing your life? Imagine that.