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Guest column
Pain relief is it in your mind?

July 13, 2011

Science does not have all of the answers to how pain works, yet we know that the mind plays an important role in how we perceive pain. Could this mean that we can change the experience of pain through our thinking?

A friend of mine, Dan Cleary, is an expert in the area of chronic pain as both a patient and a practitioner. Over thirty years ago he was in a motorcycle accident and lost the use of his right arm. He was also left with severe, burning pain due to the nerve damage he sustained.

He tells me that for over five years he was unable to sleep in the way that most of us understand sleep. For days at a time the pain would keep him awake until he would literally collapse for a few hours, only to awaken in tears. Then he learned hypnosis. Within a week he was sleeping six to eight hours a day and since then, he has spent over twenty-five years developing and teaching the hypnotic skills he has learned. Skills he says saved his life. My goal in this article is to inspire you, the reader, to harness the power of your own mind and transform your life.

I met Dan through a teleconference when I began to study hypnosis a few years ago. My first hypnosis instructor recommended his programs to me as the best in pain relief and she was right. What I learned in that first teleconference changed the way that I practice hypnosis and gave me insights to assist clients dealing with a wide range of issues.

One of the first things that I learned from Dan is that as a hypnotist, I assist my client with the experience of pains in their life, rather than the diagnosis: the client is not the diagnosis; they are heroes on the journey of life. Imagine that pain is the perception of a signal from the body: a notification of injury or illness, like an alarm clock: take your hand out of the fire! in this context, is a good thing. When the alarm no longer gives valid information, would it be okay to turn off that alarm? Hypnosis is a great way to turn off the alarm and change our response to painful follow this column, you will learn effective ways to turn off the alarms that no longer serve you and I will be glad to accept your questions and comments for future articles. Please write or Email Scott Cooper CHt @ 248-933-3368