Don't Worry Blog: Pain

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Helping children (and adults) manage pain and fear of needles

A great video aimed at children to help them cope with the pain of jags and medical procedures.
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How does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis still remains a bit of a mystery, with helpful emotional and physical changes happening without conscious effort. How does this happen?
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Chronic pain is different from acute pain

The neural pathways of chronic pain are considered to be different from acute pain. It is now being considered a disease in its own right.
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Hypnosis helps you change your perception of the world

Hypnosis unlocks our natural ability to alter our perception - seeing colours, feeling pain etc. Hypnosis is a skill and we get better with practice.
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Fire crews use hypnosis for accident victims

The calming and distracting benefits of hypnosis are being used by firecrews. Hypnosis helps by focusing your mind away from pain and panic.
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Pain can cause mental defeat. What to do?

Dealing with mental defeat can help stop chronic pain resulting in depression. Mental defeat is a concept devised by Ehlers and colleagues in 1997. Mental defeat is the perception that you have lost control of your life, so there is no point making an effort and you just give up. The sort of things they might say are "I would rather die than put up with this pain", or "I am no longer the person I used to be". It includes feelings of a loss of autonomy, giving up all efforts to do the things you used to do, not bothering to maintain your sense of identity. Pretty serious. But people with chronic pain can feel like this. It is as though the pain has taken them over completely. A new study of people in Hong Kong with chronic pain demonstrates that mental defeat triggers depression. Dr Nicole Tang of Warwick University said "We know from work in the UK that mental defeat is a significant factor differentiating chronic patients who thrive despite pain from those who develop high levels of distress, depression and interference from pain in their every-day lives". She is encouraging screening for mental defeat in the treatment of chronic pain. As family and friends we should consider cognitive behavioural therapy. I understand this sense of mental defeat as I got a glimpse of it recently when I put my neck out. The pain was intense and lasted about 2 months. I noticed a serious drop in optimism and did think that  I could not stand this for much longer. Since I am in the business, I decided to take action. Regular visits to the osteopath, acupuncture and yoga all helped me feel more in control, so that I maintained my sense of autonomy.

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