Are You Sick and Tired of Having To Take Medications
Just To Make It Through The Day?

 9 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 component”…

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. 

My 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, including:

  • Increased focus, attention and concentration

  • Better and more restful sleep

  • Relaxation and a sense of calm

  • Better body awareness

  • Increased confidence

  • 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.

 

The Pain Gateway

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 gate system.

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 more pain.

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 results…

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 focus…

 

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 it.

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 seeing one.

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 Calming Brain- 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 untreatable.

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. 

Here's What 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 me."

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 traumatic events…

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 exercises."

Claire Walsh, Washington, DC

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, 2003).
  • Athletes with anxiety use hypnosis to allow them to relax and perform at their best (National Geographic, April 2005).
  • 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).