All You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Chronic Pain

Pain affects everything: mood, relationships, careers, family, finances, self-esteem and confidence, just to name a few. Pain creates stress, and stress creates more pain – a vicious cycle that can be broken or modified. Chronic pain affects an estimated 100 million people in this country alone, nearly one third of our entire population. This is more than those affected by heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined. Ninety-one Americans die every day from an overdose of opioids. Deaths from prescription pain-killers have quadrupled since 1999, as have the number of prescriptions for them. One of every three Americans are currently on two or more pharmaceutical drugs, most of which are narcotics to deal with chronic pain. Clearly, the medical/pharmaceutical response to both depressed mood and chronic pain are not working. In fact, people are suffering additional hardship as a result of what have become the standard health interventions.

The Reign of Pain Abides Mainly in the Brain.

Hypnosis and self-hypnosis can take the hurt out of pain. Hypnosis for pain relief is an amazing tool that when used, produces measurable results in pain relief. The reason for this phenomenon of success is explained in research done at such universities as Yale, Stanford, and Harvard.

The ACUTE pain of an injury is an unpleasant, but important, biological signal indicating tissue damage. However, we now understand that where there is no underlying physical disease, such as cancer or an auto-immune disorder, CHRONIC pain is actually created by the central nervous system rather than the bodily location where the pain is felt to be. CHRONIC pain is that pain that has lasted for over four months and by medical standards has no purpose. Phantom limb pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, and back pain can fall into this category.

The triggers for the brain to create or cause pain to persist are many and varied, but the adopted “stress” response underlying this is unconscious and automatic and acts as a protective or maladapted “fight or flight” response.

Direct Path Hypnosis’ approach with chronic pain is based on this cutting-edge concept and uses a self-empowering educational approach, as well as numerous self-empowering strategies to address the central nervous system directly via your “software” (your mind). As the pain process itself is reversible, full recovery IS possible no matter how severe or long standing. This allows you to take responsibility for your health, often with life-changing results. You don’t have to “just live with it.” Understanding this process has helped thousands of people heal their pain. It worked for them, and it will work for you.

Many of us live with unnecessary pain. Direct Path Hypnosis is on a mission to help people better understand it, subsequently learning to live without it. Any knowledge that brings clients into a clearer appreciation of their condition, decreases their anxiety. The fear of pain is often times worse than the pain itself. In short, change the mind, change the brain, change the pain. Along with the fact that it decreases cortisol levels, hypnosis is probably the most powerful non-narcotic tool we have to help people move from a state of discomfort to a neutral state or a state of comfort. Comfort has a way of spreading and generalizing, just as discomfort and pain does. Once you get the comfort ball rolling, so to speak, it builds momentum and keeps rolling.

Our aim is to help people who suffer from persistent pain and for whom conventional medicine has failed to find an answer.

Here’s a little quiz to determine if our program is for you:

        1. Have you had the same symptoms for over 4 months?
        2. Does your pain tend to move around or change intensity (e.g., it comes and goes, spreads or swaps to a different location)?
        3. Do you have multiple unrelated symptoms or symptoms on both sides of the body? FYI: the two sides of the body are structurally unrelated, so it is IMPOSSIBLE for pain to originate from the same damage or slipped disk.
        4. Are there any exceptions to your pain (e.g., the pain was better or worse when you were on vacation or during an emergency or a break from routine)?
        5. Does your pain get worse during specific activities or have a pattern (e.g., worse at work, worse when you’re around family, worse in the morning/night, better after exercise, worse after walking a specific distance, etc.)?
        6. Do you suffer from any other recurring chronic condition or do you have a history of unexplained symptoms? This could include conditions such as: IBS, vertigo, acid reflux, tension headache, migraines, sinus problems?
        7. Have any diagnostic tests excluded any underlying illness or nerve damage related to the pain area? Diagnosis of pinched nerve or osteoarthritis DO NOT count, neither do diagnoses of fibromyalgia or structural changes due to past injuries (unless these changes impede movement and require surgery, like a completely torn ligament, for example)?
        8. Are you a perfectionist?
        9. Do you feel a need to do good for others?
        10. Do you have a fear of aging or mortality (if pain sypmtoms began later in life)?

If you’ve answered YES to question #1 and YES to at least one other and are ready to begin healing, you can benefit from our program.

Click on CLIENT FORMS in menu above, fill out the General Questionnaire and Ron will contact you and answer any questions at that time.

If you’re tired of living in pain and are ready to embark on your Direct Path to comfort, call (360) 773-1873.

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