Friday, July 27, 2007

What a Pain

My old faithful English Breakfast tea! How soothing it is on the throat when one seems to be inevitably destine for a summer cold. I suppose I should be thinking healing thoughts, but I am a bit torn between that and fighting it or just letting it happen and going with the flow. Even with this New Age enlightenment stuff, I guess we still have many choices.

In my current research with birthing techniques and such, I came across Dr. Bruce Eimer's article on pain management. Though this article does not so much speak to child birthing, it does relate. There are some interesting similarities to Dr. Peterson's premises (see yesterday's posts). His again deals with some emotional aspects. Here is his article:

Hypnosis and Pain Management

Living with Chronic Persistent Pain can be a terrible energy drain and distraction. In addition to the "physical hurt" of the pain, there usually is a component of "emotional suffering". This emotional component, or "emotional overlay" to the physical pain can make the pain hurt more, and it can also interfere with pain treatment. Emotional suffering makes physical pain worse.

Hypnosis ... may help you obtain relief from the "Sensory" component" of your persistent pain, as well as from the "Emotional Overlay".

Relief from the pain's "Sensory” component" can be obtained through the induction of Hypnosis and the utilization of appropriate, individualized Hypnotic Analgesia, Relaxation, and Imagery techniques. In addition, you may benefit by learning SELF-HYPNOSIS so that you can self-induce the Hypnotic State and benefit regularly from the Escape from Pain that it can provide.

Relief from the pain's "Emotional Overlay” component" can be obtained by changing your self-defeating, negative thinking patterns through the use of both “Waking State Reframing” and Hypnosis. This can enable you to cope better.

Pain is a total experience that is at once a "Physical Sensation", an "Emotion" (e.g., depression, fear, anxiety, anger), an accompanying thought (e.g., Ouch!! This really hurts! When is this going to end?”) and a "Behavior” (e.g., laying down, ceasing activities that hurt, etc.). Pure pain" WITHOUT the “Emotional” and “Thinking” components does not hurt as much and is more tolerable.

Fear, Anger, Anxiety, and Depression all make pain worse. Negative ideas should be removed from one’s Conscious and expecially one’s Unconscious (i.e., “Subconscious”) Minds. This is best accomplished through the appropriate use of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Reframing, and Hypnosis.

No one need suffer continuously or endlessly. PAIN MAY BE MANDATORY BUT SUFFERING IS OPTIONAL. Most people can be helped to better cope with their pain.

To learn more about Dr. Eimer's practice, go to

*You will note the ellipsis at the second paragraph. Sorry Dr. Eimer, I did make an edit here. What I clipped out is "administered by the right licensed health professional." Seems a bit small of me, I know, but I wanted to use it to make a point. In the United States, in most states, one does not even really have to be certified to be a hypnotist, much less licensed. I understand Dr. Eimer's point of view on licensing, though. He is a clinical psychologist who uses hypnosis in his practice. However, there are some very wonderful hypnotists out there who are certified and should not be dismissed. If you are looking for a hypnotist, my suggestion would be to make sure that they are certified by a real association and do find out about their background.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I haven't been able to speak to hypnobirthing because I have no training or experience in it -- and let's face it, who would even consider going to a guy for that? -- but now you've hit on something I do know about.
A couple years back I took Don Mottin's course in Emergency Pain
Management. As the title suggests, the class focused on the physical
aspects of pain and using hypnosis to make someone comfortable while
they wait for the paramedics to arrive or during those few days after an operation or serious injury. There was also lots of emphasis on working
with or through a physician, assuming that the students in the class were primarily lay hypnotists. It was interesting to get Dr. Eimer's view on the emotional aspects that come into play with long-term chronic

Summer cold, eh? You've got all my sympathies. There's been one in my
house for weeks now, jumping from one kid to another, and I'm sure it's
plotting to grab me just in time for NGH. (Are you still on the fence
about that? What can I do to talk you into coming?)