Changing Pains by Dan Cleary


Changing Pains

Daniel F. Cleary, C.Ht.

When we encounter the opportunity to assist in the reduction, or elimination of discomfort on any level it is essential to keep in mind the basic understanding that these symptoms have purpose. Refer client to a qualified practitioner to assure proper diagnosis. Then offer assistance in cooperation with the prescribed treatment process. Masking the impact of a symptom may delay timely treatment of injury or illness.

Nature of Pain

Acute: This is usually of short duration, often associated with accident or injury. The cause of this pain is usually understandable and reflects normal functioning of the nervous system.

Chronic: When pain is ongoing, either as a result of ongoing dis-ease, or due to other factors we may consider it to be chronic. Certainly, after a period of six months the discomfort begins to impact life in a manner, which may be considered chronic.

Types of Pain

Psychogenic: This is pain without pathology. Regardless of recognizable physiological cause all pain is real: If it is PERCEIVED it is REAL!

Physiological: This pain is the result of an identified injury or a disease process. We may effectively reduce the interference of this discomfort in our lives while remaining aware of the message to protect the area of discomfort. Body, Mind and Spirit are connected; all that occurs on any level, affects all levels.

Pain and Suffering Pain is the perception of a signal from the body. This signal is a notification of injury or illness. Pain, in this context, is a good thing. Without this warning system we would not survive. When we begin to react emotionally to the pain we may begin to suffer. Suffering includes anxiety, frustration, even guilt, and the fear that the pain will continue. Suffering is reflected in the relationship struggles common with chronic pain conditions. Suffering is found in the helplessness and depression that often follows seemingly endless doctor visits with no improvement.

Emotional Impact Illness or injury may limit ability to work or participate in the activities of everyday life. This may cause frustration, reducing our ability to deal effectively with stresses, resulting in a cycle of distress. Distress causes tension which blocks healing energy. When healing energy is restricted or blocked, healing takes longer.

How Emotions Feed Back Pain When the symptoms of disease or injury continue beyond what we consider to be a normal healing period, our energy depletion may cause us to become more sensitive to the discomforts of the process. The pain seems to increase as our energy to resist decreases. We may awaken with the certainty that we face another day of pain. We may begin to fear sleep: as when we quiet ourselves, we become more aware of discomfort. Loss of sleep reduces our level of energy yet

BBC News On Pain in the Mind

BBC News

Mystery pain ‘is all in the mind’

Mysterious pain, such as lower back pain, may originate in the brain rather than the body, according to a study.

Scientists from University College London and the University of Pittsburgh carried out tests on eight people.

Some were hypnotised and told they were in pain. Others were subjected to physical pain. Scans showed that both experienced similar brain activity.

The researchers said the findings, published in NeuroImage, suggested that pain can sometimes begin in the brain.

“The fact that hypnosis was able to induce a genuine painful experience suggests that some pain really can begin in our minds,” said Dr David Oakley, director of the hypnosis unit at UCL.

‘Not imagined’

A survey published last year suggested as many as one in seven Britons are in constant pain.

In many cases, their condition cannot be explained by doctors, who are unable to identify the cause using conventional tests.

Dr Oakley said the findings showed that patients reporting mysterious pains should not be dismissed by doctors.

“A lot of people have been dismissed as malingers,” he said. “People reporting this type of pain are not simply imagining it.”

Dr Oakley said the findings suggest that alternative treatments for mysterious or unexplained pain should now be explored.

“If this pain has an origin in the brain it suggests that you can use other therapies, such as hypnosis, to alleviate the

pain,” he said.

The UK charity Pain Concern said many doctors continue to dismiss patients if they can’t find a cause of their pain.

“There are still doctors writing pain off as psychological,” a spokeswoman told BBC News Online. “It is a problem. It has a huge impact on patients.”