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Pain It's All In Your Head !

What a misconception or interpretation of a saying, people are

often told this when their physician could not find a source of the pain.

The truth is that it is no pain until it reaches the brain, the brain being located in the head. Thus the term "Pain it's all located in your head." comes about.

The Pain Brain Connection

The brain produces over 3,000 chemicals such as endorphins, serotonin, and melatonin. These are 50 times more powerful than their synthetic manufactured counterparts Morphine, Ambien, and Xanax.

Perception of Pain Peripheral Nerve pain signal brain signal travels from the point of origin up the spinal cord to the brain.

When Pain Perception is modified, the peripheral nerve signal is interrupted from the point of origin up the spinal cord to the brain, which moderates it's the perception of pain.

Hypnosis, Massage, or Tens can modify pain.

Neurotransmitter Are Chemical substances within each cell of the nerve tract. They either pass the pain message on, or they STOP IT!

People produce different amounts of these neurotransmitters, which explains why some experience more pain than others.

Hypnosis for Pain Management

Why Hypnosis?

Mind-body therapy reduces stress, and response facilitates rapid recovery and gives the patient/client control around since the beginning of time. It's Simple, and It Works!

I first became aware of Hypnosis for Pain Management when after a lecture or Hypnosis demonstration, people would come to me and

tell me stories about after being hypnotized. They were no longer experiencing pain. This experience begins to happen more and more.

What is even more impressive after doing my fast pace Comedy Hypnosis

Show participants would also experience freedom from pain.

My Personal experience with Pain Management.

In June of 2010, I had open heart double by-pass surgery. Before the surgery, I put myself into a self-hypnosis state. According to the surgeon, he was able to complete the surgery in 1.5 hours less than usual. He was able to remove the staples from my chest the day after they released )me from the hospital ( The regular time frame is 7-10 days after being released from the hospital.) I would also like to state no pain medication after being discharged from the hospital throughout my physical therapy. I did practice self-hypnosis every day.

In another incident, I was boiling water in a metal pot that had a metal handle. I grabbed hold of the metal handle to remove it from the burner. The water was boiling, and extremely hot my hand stuck to the handle it started burning my hand all I could do was shout no burn, Normally my hand would have blistered, and I would have experienced severe pain I kept repeating "No Burn, No Burn," I did not blister, and there was no pain.

On Monday, February 12, 2018, it was the night before Mardi Gras, and I was attending a night parade in New Orleans. I tripped and fell, breaking the top of my left humerus bone in three places. ( I didn't see anything funny about breaking my humerus bone.) I was in excruciating pain. I immediately took a deep abdominal breath and kept repeating to my subconscious that my problem was at a level 2. I was then able to drive to my hospital 30 miles away.

Upon arrival at the ER, I then let go of my control to make an accurate diagnosis. They gave me pain medication for the first and only time. I never needed any pain medication after that.

Unique Situation Can you imagine a client coming in for pain management, and during the interview, the client reveals she has had chronic pain in her neck for 50 years. I regressed her back to the ISE.

(Initial Sensitising Event) she was eight years old, and she witnessed her mother being strangled, and in her mind, she thought that she could help mom by taking on the pain. I was able to resolve this matter, and she no longer suffers from chronic pain.

Certified Hypnosis Pain Management Training, I began a search for the best teacher and course I could find to teach me Hypnosis for Pain Management and certification. I discovered that in Capt. M.Ron Eslinger FNGH, CMI, OB. I consider Capt. Eslinger to be the Best in the World when it comes to Hypnosis for Pain Management. I completed my training

and Certification in Basic and Advanced Hypnosis for Pain Management.

Evidence-based studies for successfully managing pain with Hypnosis, a few are listed.


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  9. Moore ME, Berk SN. Acupuncture for chronic shoulder pain. An experimental study with attention to the role of placebo and hypnotic susceptibility. Ann Intern Med 1976; 84: 381-4.

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  22. Lang EV, Rosen MP. Cost analysis of adjunct hypnosis with sedation during outpatient interventional radiologic procedures. Radiology 2002; 222: 375-82.

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