You Sick and Tired of Having To Take Medications
Just To Make It Through The Day?
Mind-Body Techniques For Fast Pain Relief
By Dr. Maggie Phillips, PhD
When dealing with pain, one of the
biggest mistakes people make is ignoring what I refer to as the “mind
Unfortunately, most pain patients aren't
educated by their doctor, or healthcare professional about the role the mind
plays is dealing with and treating pain. Because of this, the treatments
they receive typically only deal with the physical aspect of the pain… and
even then, it will typically only treat the only symptoms.
My name is Dr. Maggie Philips and for
over 15 years, as a licensed pyschologist and pain management specialist I
have helped hundreds of people win the battle with chronic pain.
methods have been so successful in bringing patients relief without drugs
that I've also taught these techniques to hundreds of other psychologists
worldwide. And my goal here now is to share with you the same powerful
information and techniques so you too can finally live your life without
pain controlling it.
The mind plays a very significant role
in pain and it's something you must acknowledge and address when managing
and treating pain of any type.
There are numerous mind-body techniques,
exercises and strategies that you can use to not only minimize and decrease
the amount of pain you feel, but they also deliver numerous other benefits,
Increased focus, attention and
Better and more restful sleep
Relaxation and a sense of calm
Better body awareness
Sense of empowerment and control
Increased blood flow and circulation
There are actually nine specific
mind-body techniques and exercises that I have found to be the most
effective… But before I share them with you, it's critical that you
understand how the pain process works.
Pain is a warning signal that alerts us
to a problem. For example, if you feel pain in your lower back, it's your
body's way of telling you that something is not functioning properly and you
need to address it.
Your Pain Begins With…
A complex biochemical and electrical
process that takes place when the nerves in the area of the initial problem
send signals through the nervous system about the sensations they detect.
The signals move through the spinal cord to the brain, where they are
registered and interpreted as pain. And that's when we feel the pain.
So pain starts with the peripheral
nerves, located throughout the body, which sense an unpleasant stimulus like
a cut, intense pressure, sting, etc. Peripheral nerves specialize in a
particular type of sensation and relay information about the sensations they
have detected to the spinal cord. Severe pain sensations are relayed
immediately. Dull, aching pain is relayed more slowly, and therefore
receives a lower priority.
Once they reach the spinal cord, the
signals meet up with specialized nerves thought of as gatekeepers, which
further sort the pain signals. Researchers Ron Melzack and Patrick Wall
discovered that a structure called the dorsal horn at the back of the spinal
cord acts as a gateway for all the messages that are trying to pass through.
When severe pain signals extreme danger
to the body, the "gate" is wide open and these signals follow an "express
route" to the brain. "Weak" pain messages, such as those related to a
scratch on your finger, may be blocked out partially or even entirely by the
This "gate theory" of pain has been used
to explain how people can react very differently to the same root cause of
pain, such as back pain.
For some people, this is a temporary
inconvenience with mild to moderate pain, while for others life comes to a
complete halt. They develop chronic pain after trying months of different
treatments, find little or no consistent relief from their pain, and are
unable to return to work.
Sadly, many end up leaving their chosen
career or vocation to live a life organized around pain. The good news is,
it doesn't have to be that way… no matter how bad your pain is or what
condition you may have been diagnosed with, you can feel better by learning
how to harness the power of your mind.
You can control this “pain
gateway” and limit the amount and the intensity of the pain you feel…
And all it takes is some simple, mind-body exercises and a few minutes of
your time and attention each day.
But before I tell you how you can
control your “pain gateway”, I wanted to share with you some other very
interesting and important facts about pain and what affects it.
Did You Know That Your Thoughts, Beliefs, Stress and
Emotions Impact How Much Pain You Feel?
We now have solid research that
demonstrates that psychological factors such as beliefs about pain, prior
experience with pain, social and family support, etc. can and do, directly
impact the amount of pain you feel.
In addition to understanding the biology
of pain, it is important to understand the psychology of pain.
Psychological beliefs, feelings, and attitudes play an important role in
regulating the pain experience. Fortunately, you can learn how to use
hypnosis and mind-body exercises to modify these factors and thereby
minimize your pain.
For example, many patients find that
their pain is worse when they feel hopeless or depressed. The reason is
these feelings open the “pain gate”. And this is why most people will find
they feel better and feel less pain when they are focusing on an activity or
something that is pleasurable or positive to them.
So obviously, focusing on positive
thoughts and eliminating negative ones will help to minimize the amount and
intensity of the pain you feel… but it's also important to understand how
stress can affect your pain.
Just as your thoughts affect your pain,
so does how you react to and deal with stress...
If you let yourself get upset or
“stressed out” easily, it will have an impact on your pain level. The more
“stressed” you are, the more intense your pain is likely to feel so you have
to focus on dealing with negative stress properly and effectively.
Can Your Past Be Effecting How You Feel Pain?
Research has also shown that trauma is
another important factor in your individual pain equation. A high percentage
of chronic pain patients manifest the long-term changes in brain chemistry
that are associated with unresolved trauma.
The trauma may consist of childhood
sexual, physical, and illnesses occurring in adolescence and adulthood.
Another source of trauma might be difficult surgical procedures or invasive
medical/dental interventions that were traumatizing. And, of course, over
time, unrelenting pain itself becomes traumatizing.
Regardless of the nature of the
traumatic event, the body responds similarly to all trauma. The nervous
system becomes over-activated in response to signals that there is a
significant threat to survival.
If this persists for a long time, as in
childhood abuse, or is reinforced by a series of losses, car accidents or
injuries/illnesses, the body becomes confused when its alarm system stays
perpetually turned on.
As a result, chemicals such as
adrenaline and cortisone are dumped into the nervous system creating
imbalance, anxiety symptoms, and startle reactions. In addition,
overwhelming painful emotions become expressed through the body because the
limbic/emotional center of the brain becomes dysregulated.
So what ends up happening is the
negative feelings associated with the trauma from the past, materialize now
and contribute to the pain you feel.
Again, the good news is you can learn
how to use hypnosis and mind-body exercises in order to intervene in what
can become a relentless and vicious cycle of fear and
constriction----pain-----more fear and more constriction which triggers even
The good news is, now you too can
utilize these tested and proven, mind-body strategies to reduce and
effectively manage your pain and I'm going to help you make it happen.
Are You Ready To Start Feeling Great Again?
All you need to do is spend a few
minutes each day implementing a series of simple, mind-body exercises and
techniques and right away you'll notice a difference...
The first difference you'll likely
notice is a level of calm and relaxation that you may have never felt
before… then you'll start to feel a lessening of the intensity of your pain.
It's important to remind you that while these techniques and exercises can
help and will minimize or eliminate the pain you feel, they cannot fix any
physical problems that may be causing the pain.
So it's critical you address the cause
of the your pain with a physical solution and at the same time use these
powerful mind-body exercises to reduce and manage your pain. And unlike
medications and drugs, the mind-body exercises I'm going to teach you don't
have dangerous, negative side effects… they do however have numerous
positive side effects.
So not only will you learn to decrease
or eliminate your pain, but you'll also sleep better, feel more relaxed and
have more energy.
The 9 Most Effective, Mind-Body Exercises…
As I mentioned earlier, there are 9
mind-body exercises and techniques that I have found through years of
research, trial and error and work with my patients, that deliver the best
And you will learn about each one, how
they work and how to use them to get relief when you listen to the four
audio CD's included in my program, Hypnosis: The Pain Solution…
Now, if you are not familiar with
hypnosis, and many people are not, let me give you my quick definition:
Hypnosis is the practice of using various physical and mental (mind-body)
exercises and techniques to help turn on the healing powers of the mind-body
system so you can live without pain.
There's no swinging clock, no “you are
feeling sleepy” or any of the other misconceptions that have been depicted
in movies, television and on stage. Hypnosis is simply you using the
most powerful tool and treatment device available… your mental power and
My program is designed for people who
are not getting complete pain relief with typical pain
interventions and it will provide you with a thorough
understanding of how pain works, and with the tools to overcome
The first CD provides you with
detailed information about how pain works
and how you can use your mind and body together to control it.
It's important that you understand these foundational skills so
that the exercises throughout the program will be effective.
This CD also contains information that you can share with your
doctor or other healthcare professional, if you are currently
The next three audio CD's provide
more than 10 guided exercises where you will learn essential
skills that act to reverse the course of chronic pain.
Here are just a few examples
of the exercises and how you'll use them to get relief:
- Turning on the
With this technique you bring yourself to a level of calm
that allows your body and mind to work together and allow
for healing to occur.
- Closing the Pain
Gates - As we
discussed earlier, stress, trauma and negative emotions all
contribute to an increase in your pain sensitivity and they
affect the flow of signals through your pain gateway. With
this technique, you'll learn how to close your pain gates
and minimize the amount of pain you feel.
- Multi-Sensory Imagery – By
utilizing multiple sources of imagery, you can create
comfort and minimize pain that in the past seemed
Again, these are just a few
of the techniques and I can't explain them well enough on paper… you truly
need to try them and experience it for yourself.
People Have To Say About This Program…
"I like how
you explained how pain works in the body . . . The
explanation of the fight and flight mode of our body
is helpful to understand what the body has to go
through to protect itself. It's interesting learning
how the body and mind work together in so many ways.
I liked each time you referred to the body and how
it is wired.
I also liked listening to you
talk about how important relaxation is for healing
pain. Meditation has been a key factor in my
recovery from pain . . . the pain relief from fully
teaching the body to relax with meditation is
priceless . . . Learning how to sit with and
determine what's going on in my body gives me the
information to change my pain level.
I liked the ball of pain
exercise. This was very relaxing and helpful for
Rhonda Golkin, Pain patient
By using the techniques and
exercises I'll teach you on the audio CD's, you'll learn how to use hypnotic
suggestion to help close the gates on pain, to create a more healthy
response to stress, and to intervene in the complex consequences of
If you have tried lots of treatments and
nothing has given you lasting relief, you really need to try these
exercises… you will quickly see and feel the power and effectiveness.
"The CD program
was very helpful. There was an incredible amount of
information on pain that is delivered in a concise and
easy to understand format. There were lots of helpful
exercises. I have a much better understanding of what
I'm up against now and how to handle it.. . . The
relax-release breathing method really helped me relax,
which I am usually not able to do with relaxation
I can't wait to hear of your success
using these techniques!
Wishing you the best,
Maggie Phillips, Ph.D.
P.S. I hope you found this report to
be informative and I look forward to hearing of your success
using my program.
Still Skeptical About Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is one of the most misunderstood (and
effective) tools for growth and healing available in the world today. When
we say "hypnosis," most people think of magic shows, silly stage acts, and
possibly even witchcraft. In reality, nothing could be further from the
truth. Hypnosis is simply a relaxed state of mind in which you are
more receptive to suggestions.
Hypnosis was approved for clinical use by both the
British Medical Association and the American Medical Association in the
1950s. Studies are published almost each month showing the effectiveness of
hypnosis in a variety of areas. Here are some highlights:
- Therapists use hypnosis to help young women with
self-esteem issues that lead to eating disorders (Pediatric Nursing,
- Athletes with anxiety use hypnosis to allow them
to relax and perform at their best (National Geographic, April
- Smokers use hypnosis to help kick the habit.
Multiple-session hypnosis treatment for smoking cessation has been shown
to have up to a 67% success rate (International Journal of Clinical
& Experimental Hypnosis, 1976).
- Surgical teams prepare patients for surgery with
hypnosis to reduce the needed anesthetic, simplify the procedure, reduce
pain, and speed healing. (Time, 2006).