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How Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Can Help With Pain

24th June 2019

Physical pain in the body can be caused by repressed or suppressed trauma and the body expresses the discomfort as a way of stopping you from thinking about it. A good indicator of psychological pain, which feels exactly like physical pain, is that it eases or disappears when the emotional issues change or are faced and dealt with.

In order to establish if there is a psychological element to the pain, sit with your hands on your lap, feet flat on the floor, in a quiet place.

Take five slow, easy breaths, breathing to the bottom of your lungs each time by pushing your stomach out on the in breath and letting go of any tension in your head, jaw, shoulders, chest, arm and legs on each out breath.

Now as you relax, ask yourself one question: “What is the message this pain is trying to tell me?” and allow yourself to relax and await the answer.

If you become aware of an unresolved emotional issue, the BLAST Technique® “Psychosensory” Self-care Protocol 5* can be used to ease it:

  1. Sit back in a comfortable chair with your arms and legs uncrossed. Take a few moments to relax with your thoughts, feelings and/or emotions before you begin and assess how you feel, maybe making some notes.
  2. Now write down your significant level of discomfort (SUD) from zero to 10 (zero being no discomfort and 10 being the worst you can imagine).
  3. Be aware of your feelings during each step, but don’t force them in or push them out, relax and allow them to be there.
  4. Stroke your forehead above each eyebrow away from the middle of your forehead 10 times each, counting out loud (optional).
  5. Now stroke under your eyes from your nose 10 times each, counting out loud (optional).
  6. Circle your temples with your fingers five times clockwise and five times anticlockwise, counting out loud (optional).
  7. Now stroke your neck from the back to the front using both hands 10 times, counting out loud (optional).
  8. Put your hands on the top of alternate shoulders (crossing arms) and stroke across to the top of your chest 10 times (counting out loud optional).
  9. Keep your head still look to your left, then right, three times each.
  10. Now take a nice diaphragmatic breath whilst saying “I’m okay” to yourself slowly.
  11. Assess and write down your significant level of discomfort (SUD) between zero and 10.
  12. Repeat process until you have the result you require.

*This is not the official BLAST Technique®, but will help ease symptoms.

If you do have physical pain, always get this checked out by a medical professional first.

By Nick Davies, psychotherapist and hypnotherapist. He is known as “The PTSD Whisperer” because of his specialism in treating trauma quickly and permanently. For more information about Nick, visit his website: www.blast-technique.com.

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