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As more of the giant pharmaceutical companies continue to pull their pain medications off the market due to the adverse side-effects and death these have caused, many people are beginning to ask "Where can I get help? Must I just grin-and-bear the pain? Is there a safe and effective way I can personally manage my pain?"

Understanding Pain
Pain at the outset of any injury is generally to be considered your friend. It tells you that there is something wrong that needs to have your immediate attention. Most people follow the wise path and visit their doctor who assesses the situation and generally will provide a course of action involving the use of some form of pain medication. In the short term, this may be all that is necessary, and if the patient can tolerate the medication, no harm is caused.

However, pain can also persist way beyond the need for using analgesics to reduce or eliminate the discomfort. The brain, over time, hard-wires the pain signal so well, that many times long after the initial "good" pain has passed, the signal is still being given. As well, many people persist in taking their pain medications over longer periods of time "just in case" the discomfort returns - they are so fearful of the pain, that they focus on it, and generally, what you focus on is what you get. Sometimes we need only to "forget" the discomfort to make it go away.

At this point, I am obligated by my Certification to make it clear that I am not qualified to diagnosis or assess your pain. If you have seen your doctor, and their only solution is to put you on pain medication or tell you to "get used to it", then you have the right to consider other options, including relief from pain through hypnosis. If you wish your doctors approval for hypnosis for pain management, I will be happy to consult with them, to ensure they are kept abreast of your situation. I will never tell you to discontinue any medications you have been prescribed: that is a decision between you and your doctor.

How It Works - Controlling The Degree of Discomfort
Using the mind to control pain, through hypnosis, is a safe, effective long-term solution to finding relief from discomfort. Whether that discomfort is mild or severe, long or short term, most individuals are able to experience large to complete amounts of relief with a few hypnosis sessions. During the sessions, the initial focus is on reducing your discomfort as much as possible, and you are taught how to continue to do this on your own. Most people experience complete elimination of the pain within three to four sessions, unless there is an underlying reason why the discomfort still needs to be there. Even in those cases, you can learn how to manage the discomfort in ways that allow you to continue most of your normal activities.

Pre-Op - Preparing yourself for a more comfortable recovery:
Are you anticipating surgery? Do you want to decrease or eliminate post-op discomfort without resorting to drugs that also leave you dazed and mentally underpowered for long periods? Would you like to make a pre-emptive strike on getting well faster? Learning how to manage your discomfort before you even have it may be the answer for you. Hypnosis sessions teaching you how to use self-hypnosis before the "big day" gives you the edge you need.

It is important for three reasons to give "pre-op" preparation with hypnosis strong consideration: one is that people who experience less discomfort generally heal faster; the second is that most strong pain medication you get "post-op" can only be taken while you are in the hospital under strict control conditions; and, three, the longer you stay in hospital to take that pain medication, the more apt you are to contract secondary infection, or some other nasty bug to have to manage along with your post-op condition.

Nausea Control for Chemotherapy/Radiation Patients
Much of what works in hypnosis for controlling and managing body discomfort can also be used to manage the debilitating effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation treatment. If you, or someone you know, must have these treatments, there are ways that hypnosis, and learning self-hypnosis in particular, can assist you in mitigating the effects so that you can live as normally as possible during your treatment. It is a well-known fact that persons who can continue to nourish themselves properly during treatment have a much greater ability to fight off the disease that required the treatment at the outset.


Dental Work Coming Up?
Are you going to the dentist, and dread the thought of having the needle in your mouth, or the after-effects of "laughing gas"? Or perhaps your dentist has indicated that general anesthesia is necessary. There is a way for you to free yourself from ever again needing the needle, gas or general anesthesia (which usually leaves one nauseous) when going to the dentist. You can learn how to take charge of the discomfort of dental treatment before it occurs, using hypnosis.

How Do I Approach This With My Doctor?

Hypnosis for controlling the discomfort of medical procedures has a long history of documentation.  Field surgeons used it in WWII to treat soldiers during major operations, including removal of damaged limbs.  In many countries of the world, for thousands of years, hypnosis and its variations have been used to assist with the discomfort of healing.  Doctors are aware now, and have long been aware of the possibilities of better outcomes for their patients, and in 1952 The American Medical Association recognized hypnosis as a viable part of medical treatment. Similar recognitions have occurred in Canada as well. As your Consulting/Certified Hypnotist, I will be happy to provide a note to your doctor explaining the benefits of hypnotism in your situation.

My Commitment To You
As a person who has first hand experienced a lot of discomfort, and found that hypnosis and self-hypnosis alleviated it, I want to encourage you to consider hypnosis as an alternative to either just living with it, or using medications (or even illegal drugs) that have questionable long-term side effects, and may actually be keeping you on the roller-coaster ride of pain in your life. As a Certified Pain Control and Management Hypnotist I am very qualified to help you in this area of hypnotic motivational assistance.










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 An Overview

(from Cancer.Org)

Hypnosis is one of several relaxation methods that has been approved by an independent panel, convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as a useful complementary therapy for treating chronic pain. Hypnosis may also be effective in reducing fear and anxiety, reducing the frequency and severity of headaches, and controlling bleeding and pain during dental procedures. There is no scientific evidence that hypnosis can influence the development or progression of cancer. However, it can help to improve the quality of life for some people with cancer.

You can read the entire article on Cancer.Org by clicking here.

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