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Pain relief with NLP in Port Elizabeth

Hypnotherapy and NLP for Pain Management

Pain Management Call 071 863 7398

Pain Control hypnosis

It is well known that pain, especially chronic pain represents a drain on personal energy as well as company profits. Chronic back pain has been seen as a significant reason for staff absenteeism sometimes even as high as cold and influenza.


Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness which we all access on a day to day basis. SAIH defines it as an education communication process that allows a person conscious and unconscious to believe the same message.

The term was originally developed by the surgeon James Braid and means “nervous sleep”.

Suggestibility is heightened and together with relaxation the clients mind becomes a lot more resourceful.

Neuro Linguist Programming.

NLP is the study of subjective experience. The art uses hypnosis as well as other conscious techniques which reframe the meaning behind certain events and experiences.

For instance we study the effect values have on habits when people say that they cannot stop eating, drinking or smoking.

The term “programming” refers to the tendency people have to set up life habits and “programs”. In NLP we give the choice back to the client to run their own programs or perhaps create a new habit, (such as taking a breath of air instead of lighting up a cigarette every time the y get stressed out).

I refer to both arts under the heading of “unconscious process” as there is a lot of overlapping.

How can unconscious processes are used for pain relief

What I do is assist the client to access their own resources; in essence I facilitate congruent change by teaching the client certain techniques.

In terms of pain relief NLP may be used to change the subjective experience of the pain.

In hypnosis, people experience a range of benefits.

Just as pain is difficult to objectively and scientifically verify, so then is the effect of unconscious process.

Generally if the client says that they feel relief, then we say that we have improved the quality of their life.

As they say, “it is all in the mind” and once life threatening disorders have been excluded by a medical professional, the mind is all that matters in terms of relief.

Without getting into a volume of information I have referred to the most common techniques for pain relief hereunder:

  • Distraction techniques. We have all heard the expression, do something that takes your mind off the pain
  • Relaxation Techniques: This forms the foundation of hypnosis as we believe that being in a tense state of stress and tension amplifies pain and does not allow for the mental processing of potential solutions. I have used t have a tendency to become stressed out at the least disruption in my life and can attest to the effectiveness of relaxation techniques.
  • Dissociation techniques: With more suggestible clients they can actually place the pain somewhere else away from their body. Alternatively they can move themselves away from their body, leaving their body “down their”.
  • Direct suggestion: Simple suggestions under hypnosis that simply ask the client to feel a different sensations. Anaesthesia can be produced using hypnosis and many surgeries have been performed using hypnosis.
  • Pain mapping and sub modalities: An NLP approach which focuses on how you represent your pain. What colour is it? What shape is it? does it move? Which direction? We then change these measurable and frequently the subjective (unpleasant) experience of the pain also changes.
  • Revivication of happier times and anchoring them into a current state.
  • Emotional healing. This is possibly where the most miracles take place in unconscious process. We know that emotional pain and physical pain are closey associated. Read more about this here “Broken Hearts Feel Like Broken Bones” and here
  • Metaphors development: When dealing with phantom limb pain I have experienced good results using “Clean language” techniques and metaphors. Metaphors tie in nicely with sub modality shifts as well as emotional healing

Pain relief in pre-operative patients as well as cancer patients is a focus of a lot of hypnotherapy and medical research. Guy H. Montgomery is at the leading edge of this research, especially in his paper “Brief hypnosis intervention to control side effects in breast surgery patients: Response expediencies and emotional distress”

In one of his studies, Montgomery tested the effect of a short pre-surgery hypnosis session as opposed to an empathic listening session in a clinical trial with over  200 breast cancer patients. In an article in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (Vol. 99, No. 17), they claimed and supported  that patients who were recipients of hypnosis reported significantly less  pain after surgery, less nausea,  and less fatigue and discomfort. The hospital also made savings of more than  $770 per patient in the hypnosis group. This saving was effected by reduced surgical time. Those hypnotized needed less of the analgesic lidocaine and the sedative propofol during surgery.

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Traumatic events and emotional abuse, (whether real or imagined, it makes no difference to the mind) may manifest as pain. Emotional issues can frequently be resolved by th client when I take them on a journey of discovery to help release the emotions associated with a significant emotional event or an Initial Sensitising Event. Techniques which have been shown to assist the client in releasing emotions and improving their emotional well being are

  •                 Timeline Therapy
  •                 Regression and analytical hypnotherapy
  •                 Parts Therapy and Parts Integration

These techniques are normally run over a number of sessions

Generally I would only see a pain relief client after having such a client referred to me by a medical professional. Having been the victim of quack professionals in the past I am “painfully aware” of the need for a combined approach and exclusion-diagnosis before a treatment is begun.


Hypnosis and NL for Pain Management is available in three ways

1. One on one coaching and therapy

2. Group Training Hypnosis and NLP. Click here for the details of the next course.

3. House Visits and Hospital Visits.

4. Download Hypnosis Program for Pain Management Pre Operative Anxiety and Healing. Click here for more details


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