Are you suffering with severe discomfort?

Everyone's experience of pain is different.

When attempting to understand how the body works where pain's concerned, it's interesting to know that there is no specific module in the brain dedicated to pain. But, there are danger sensors all over the body that, when excited/stimulated, send messages to the brain via the spinal cord. It is the brain itself that then interprets these messages and, if a message is perceived as a threat that requires action, the brain can and typically will produce sensations of pain.

So, pain can be useful; more often than not it's nature's way of highlighting that something related to the body needs attention. But, high levels of on-going discomfort with no specific organic cause tend not to be helpful at all.

From a physiological perspective, chronic pain (when pain is persisting beyond normal tissue repair time) is often associated with over-sensitsation of the alarm system, the brain being incorrectly and regularly informed that the body is in danger and needs protecting. The brain adapts/habituates to these messages and becomes better at producing the 'neurotag' for pain. Hence, a person can experience more pain, even when the original tissue damage is healed. It is as though a person's brain develops a memory/habit for producing the sensations of pain.

But, pain is not simply a physical experience. Anything that increases the brain's perception of the need to protect can increase a person's experience of pain. So, to further compound discomfort, experiences of pain are often made worse by extreme awareness of the source of the pain aligned with concerns regarding the medical diagnosis/lack of diagnosis, memories of past pain and anticipation of future pain. Our experiences of pain can also be exacerbated by memories relating to the initial pain generating experience e.g. places. people, events and situations, and by our emotions, attitudes and beliefs surrounding pain.

Whether acute or chronic, pain is an all-consuming sensation that not only interferes with sleep, it also affects the sufferer's every waking moment. Long term pain often negatively influences the emotions, self-confidence and self esteem, and might also lead to greater reliance on such things as alcohol to 'get through the day'.

In conjunction with mainstream medical intervention, pain hypnotherapy is becoming increasingly recognised as an invaluable means of relieving people's experiences of severe discomfort. Echelon Associates do not aim to eliminate pain completely, but have found that a holistic approach to effective pain management allows individuals the opportunity to live life in greater comfort.

Chris takes a goal-directed but compassionate approach to pain reduction, applying pain hypnosis, relaxation hypnosis and hypnotherapy counselling to help the individual to create and maintain the best physical and psychological conditions for optimum recovery.

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