We help people manage their emotions, change deep limiting beliefs
and solve relationship problems. Our coaching often seems to
affect chronic pains, generally those called
People experiencing pain or reflex sympathetic dystrophy
(RSD) may be preoccupied and unable to focus on methods
of pain control. We offer a resourceful space for coaching
people in pain to solve their challenges and achieve their
goals. Pain coaching can provides short-term pain relief.
Long-term Pain Relief
Pain relief is important. Unrelieved pain
causes undue suffering, and the effects
of pain can result in diminished
activity, appetite and sleep, and general weakness. Pain relief also
helps manage anxiety before and after surgery, or following some
crisis, catastrophe or emergency.
Painkillers are drugs used to relieve pain that act on the nervous system. They include paracetamol,
(acetaminophen), anti-inflammatory drugs such as
salicylates (aspirin), and opiates such as opium, morphine and heroin.
Common ways to relieve pain include
medications, alcohol and nicotine. Salicylate drugs such as
aspirin and acetaminophen are probably the most commonly used. Opiates
such as heroin are similar to the morphine-like endorphins that
human bodies naturally create to increase pleasure and minimize pain.
Resolving opiate dependencies can be liberating, but opiates can be so
addictive that many people use
opiate withdrawal medication
to help get back to normal. (Some drug withdrawal symptoms are
similar to those following the end of a partnership).
"Natural" identifies source, not superiority,
although the placebo effect of "natural" medications seems to
balance any lack of pharmaceutical activity.
Herbs can be beneficial ... and they can be harmful. Many herbalists
refer to ancient writings and to medieval texts (such as Gerard
and Culpeper) for therapeutic advice, instead of researching the herbs'
botany, chemistry and pharmacology.
Herbal medications often used for pain control include black cohosh,
cloves, mandragora, mint, wild ginger and willow (a natural aspirin).
Psychosomatic symptoms can affect people at any age.
They seem more likely appear during times of stress, such as divorce, examinations,
overwork, military service and other life challenges. Temporary symptoms
(e.g. headaches, nausea, sleepiness, blurred vision) may arise during intense
conversations about life goals, partnership expectations and other important
I have huge compassion for people who cannot feel
pain - some diseases (such as leprosy) delete the body sense of pain, and
without protective reflexes (such as from a burnt hand or a speck of dust in an
eye) people can suffer terrible body damage.
I don't seek one "benefit" of psychosomatic symptoms - I seek ten!
If I only find five "benefits" - I keep digging! Martyn
Drug-free Pain Control
- Acupuncture and Acupressure: Insertion of needles into points in the skin may stimulate
release of endorphins and affect nerves in the skin and muscle.
- Aromatherapy: uses various "essential" aromatic oils, often
in aerosols or with massage. Lavender oil is often used for pain
- Caring: for children, people, pets and plants may
distract a person from their own situation
- Cold: cold water, damp cloths, ice packs etc can reduce
local inflammation and pain sensitivity
- Duty: to family, team, organization, community, country etc.
People who value responsibility can forget their pain so as to "do their
- Humor: Laughter has been called the best medicine.
Humor can distract and laughing can relax
tension and reduce pain
- Hypnosis: trance-induction followed by post-hypnotic commands
- Massage: Local pain can be decreased by skin stimulation - long,
slow stokes on the back are often utilized for relaxation.
- Metaphor: offering pain control solutions within stories.
- Music: Can be used
as a distraction to help relieve pain and promote relaxation
- Prayer: A sense of relationship with a higher power may help
- Reflexology: A minimal form of massage that focuses on your hands
- TENS (transcutaneous electro-nerve
stimulation): Applying electricity through your skin
Long-term Pain Relief .
Effective Pain Control
Please consult a physician regarding the
applicability of any opinions, suggestions or recommendations about pain,
medical symptoms or medical conditions.
People who have benefited from our coaching often describe
both short-term and long-term pain relief. The most common
feedback we hear is something like, "the pain is still
there but it feels much less".
Our work includes:
- Pain Reframing: reframe the meaning of pain
- Pain Dissociation: moving pain outside the body
- Dissociation: moving the sense of self outside the body
- Pain Substitution: transforming pain into something else
- Pain Displacement: moving pain into another part of body
- Non-judgment: focus on pain sensations to assist self-control
- Hypnotic-analgesia: suggested anesthesia - local pain control
- Pain Interruption: interrupt or disrupt automatic pain responses
- Pain Intensity: changing the intensity of pain improves self-control
- Imaginative transformation: change beliefs about the source of pain
- Time Distortion: accelerate the time in pain, or increase
time between pains
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