3 types of pain
The first thing you need to understand that there are different types of pain that anyone can experience. These are:
- Phantom pain
- Organic pain
- Psychosomatic pain
Phantom pain is a real thing. Phantom pain is the sensation of pain in an area of your body that no longer exists. It's not just a metaphor for the emotional pain we feel when something bad happens to us, it's actually an actual kind of physical pain that can occur in people who have lost limbs or other body parts due to injury or trauma. The most common example of phantom pain occurs when a leg amputee feels like they're still wearing their missing limb because the nerves in their spinal cord are sending information about sensory receptors there (that aren't really there anymore) back up into the brain as though they were still attached to them. This can be very distressing for people as they try to understand why they're feeling these sensations when nothing appears wrong with them physically.
Organic pain refers to physical discomfort or discomfort that arises due to damage or disease in bodily tissues or organs. It can be acute or chronic and can be caused by a wide variety of conditions, such as injuries, inflammation, infections, and many other types of ailments. Organic pain is different from emotional or psychosomatic pain, which is not necessarily related to physical causes, but rather to mental or emotional factors or increased levels of stress.
Can pain be caused by emotional problems or too much stress? Yes, it can.
Pain that is caused by a psychological problem is called psychosomatic pain. Psychosomatic (sometimes called psychogenic) refers to "a mental disorder that causes physical symptoms". If you're experiencing this type of pain, it's important to understand that there are ways to manage it and possibly cure it altogether. The first step in managing psychosomatic pain is acknowledging that there is a reason behind what you feel--and that there are steps you can take to improve your situation.
One way to manage or even eradicate pain is through hypnotherapy. This type of therapy allows people who suffer from chronic pain achieve relief from their symptoms. If successful, there is no need to take medication (which may have side effects) or undergo invasive procedures like surgery (which may not always work). Hypnosis helps patients relax their minds so that they can focus on other things besides their condition--such as breathing exercises or meditation techniques--while also teaching them how not only cope but thrive despite having these difficult conditions.
CASE STUDY: ROSE – Removing hip pain (psychosomatic pain)
Rose got recommendation for my practice a couple of years ago, when I resided in Sydney. She heard about the experience of her friend who had a couple of sessions for a different issue and achieved measurable progress. Rose has been struggling with a pain in her right hip for a couple of years now. She has visited number of doctors and different alternative healers, but the pain was still present in her body. Sometimes the pain was more intense, sometimes less, but it was always present and it prevented her from putting herself out there, from performing how she wanted to perform.
Rose loved pole gymnastics and she was very good at it, but every time she did it, it was connected to a lot of pain she experienced.
Rose’s goal for our work together was to get rid of the pain once and for all. Therefore, before our first session, I asked her to bring me a confirmation from her physician that what we are dealing with is not an organic pain. As her goal was to get rid of the pain, it was vital to know that we can safely remove the pain without putting her in danger down the road. Organic pain is an important signal from body that shouldn't be removed, but can be managed and alleviated using our techniques.
Rose came to the session prepared, with the confirmation from her physician, whose opinion about hypnotherapy was that she should try it, as she tried “everything else” and that she had nothing to lose. A very open minded person.
We took a series of steps to find out more about the pain itself.
Origin & Duration of the pain
The first thing we considered was that the pain might’ve been a learned behavior, as it hasn’t been present in her body forever.
Rose came to Sydney from much less populated city from a different country. She found a job very quickly, but the job was very demanding, requiring her to work long hours and driving a lot around Sydney metropolitan area We have discovered that the pain started a couple of months after she had taken the job.
The second thing we discussed was that the pain could’ve been a good thing, a specific part of her unconscious mind having a positive intention, fulfilling it this way.
We have discovered that the pain allowed her to take a rest from the job. Whenever she felt the pain and the pain started to be unbearable, she took a break and rested for a while, which was very beneficial.
Need for the Pain
The third thing we talked about was whether there was an actual need for this signal, for this pain at the specific time of her life.
Rose quit her job about a year before she visited me. She has been working in a different job, enjoying herself there, but the pain was still present. She realized that she doesn’t really need this signal to rest anymore, as she was in a different place in her life.
Methods to Remove the Pain
Using the time line technique we moved Rose’s awareness to the situation where the pain originated to get a clear picture about what the pain was supposed to bring to her; to look for any benefits, any insights in the situation where it started. She felt like she has gained a lot of clarity into what this issue was about.
Using the NLP method of “Change of submodalities” we changed the experience of the pain itself, so it felt much more manageable for Rose. In addition, we used the technique called “Six Steps Reframing” to generate new unconscious alternatives how she can fulfill the positive intention without needing the pain as a signal. She felt much more lighter and the intensity of the pain lowered.
The last technique we used was the Pin Point Hypno-Analysis method. Using this method allowed us to unconsciously let go of this outdated unconscious signal that pain represented for Rose, leaving the Rose pain-free once and for all.
After the session, which lasted about 90 minutes, Rose stood up with a surprised expression on her face, as she hasn’t felt any pain in her hip anymore. She tried to do some movements that had been uncomfortable in the past, but the pain was not present in her body. We agreed she would return in a week’s time as she also wanted to work on her lack of confidence.
When Rose returned after the week, she reported that she couldn’t believe that the pain had disappeared so rapidly. She said that she went to a pole gymnastics session, expecting to feel pain (almost like a phantom pain), as she got quite used to experiencing it in the past, but she didn’t feel any pain whatsoever. She was extremely grateful for this transformation and so we continued working together on other goals she had in mind.
Working on the level of unconscious mind provides us with a platform to affect immediate and lasting changes in the unconscious programming. Rose’s experience is not uncommon to us and we have experienced many similar results with our clients in different areas of their lives.
- Some people couldn’t talk in front of audience, almost fainting and after working with us they are capable of delivering public speech in front of audience with ease.
- Some people feel like they are unable to talk to a specific person, as this person triggers them just by their presence (which is a particularly big problem, if it’s their boss or a spouse). They find that working with their unconscious and uncovering the root cause of what is triggering them (sometimes even without consciously knowing what it was) can offer new unconscious alternatives and so they are at ease with the person after our work is finished.
Some people say they don’t believe in hypnosis and that is fine. The conscious belief in efficacy of hypnosis is not a prerequisite for this process to be effective. The only thing that is required is the clarity of intention and willingness to try. Also, there are other techniques, apart from hypnosis, that can be employed to affect the change. Contact us here and let’s talk about them.