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The hypnotism services I render to the public are defined as the use of hypnosis to inculcate positive thinking and the capacity for self-hypnosis. I do not represent my services as any form of medical, behavioral or mental health care, and despite research to the contrary, by law, I may make no health benefit claims for my services.  North Shore Hypnosis utilizes hypnotism to help clients where I coach or guide to motivate individuals to achieve their goals. Hypnotism for medical or psychological problems requires a written referral from a licensed practitioner of those healing arts." - Carol Denicker, BCH, CMI

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Pain Management

Origins of Pain

The capacity for pain is necessary and important; without it you wouldn't know if you were sick or injured. To understand why you are having pain, you must first seek a medical diagnosis. At North Shore Hypnosis we require a medical referral for pain issues because the condition could worsen while hypnosis is blocking the pain.

It useful to understand how physical pain is sensed. Imagine this, you are clearing rocks from a garden. While lifting one particularly large one, you drop it on your big toe.   Chemical substances located in the nerve endings are released and the pain message is transmitted from the toe to the brain. These chemicals increase circulation to the injured area, causing swelling and redness. (A natural process that fights off bacteria.) The pain message travels to the spinal cord, to the sensory center of the brain, and on to the cortex where the location of the pain is deciphered. At this point, you might be apt to scream. Then, within moments, chemicals are released to provide pain relief and your toe seems to hurt less.  The pain I asked you to imagine results from an injury, but the basic pain process is the same, regardless of the stimulus.

Painful sensations come from a wide range of causes but the path pain takes remains the same and so do your reactions to it. Four factors that must be considered in the impact and intensity of pain are:

•your emotions

•your previous experiences or associations with pain

•your personality characteristics, and...

•what pain signifies to you

Sources of Pain

•chronic pain

•pain due to surgery

•pain due to injury, illness or disease

Pain is the number one reason people seek medical attention, and pain killers are the most frequently prescribed drugs in the U.S. Regardless of the source of your pain, your goal is to reduce or eliminate it.

Pain Management, A Glowing Achievement of Hypnosis

The effectiveness of hypnotism to control pain depends, in large measure, upon the personality and the presenting condition of the client. If you're in pain, it's important that you accept that relief is possible.   Pain Control Objectives To reduce or eliminate pain and suffering.

Hypnotism utilizes three fundamental procedures:

•To transform, alter or displace your pain

•To directly address your pain and suggest that it decrease

•To direct your attention away from pain to experience the benefits of peaceful imagery

Stress and Pain Stress and pain often feed on each other... they can become a vicious cycle. Pain causing stress... stress causing pain; more pain causes more stress, which causes more pain, and so cycle continues. Chronic stress becomes chronic pain; chronic pain causes chronic stress.

Hypnosis Helps Clients suffering from pain can be taught to:

•control, diminish or redirect pain to tolerable levels; or

•turn their pain off completely, at will

•reprogram negative attitudes

•become aware of secondary gain issues

•learn self hypnosis to reinforce pain management techniques

•relax muscles, decrease stress levels and break the stress/pain cycle

Poor self image, fear, stress, worry, guilt, anger and other powerful emotions play a part in how a person experiences pain.   Negative attitudes must be dealt with.   Coping skills can be programmed and reinforced with self hypnosis.