Pain Elimination Technique

Making Old Pain Go

NLP for Pain and Pain Elimination Technique

What is NLP?

NLP is short for Neurolinguistic Programming.  That’s just fancy language for techniques that leverage the power of our own minds and subconscious to our advantage.

Every day we engage in habits – behavioural (showering, brushing teeth, having coffee) as well as mental and emotional (the way we respond to situations and people and our own thoughts).  Habits in our thinking are some of the strongest habits we have.

Using the power of our own mental abilities, we can examine and change those habits in a way that can help us reduce or eliminate our pain.

What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is pain that is no longer useful.

Pain is an ‘alert’ – but it can go on long after your back/neck/shoulder/etc has actually healed.  It does not always mean something is ‘damaged’.

How is that possible?  It’s a neurological phenomenon often called ‘central sensitisation’. That means that your brain is interpreting signals from that area (any signals at all) as pain.  So you feel it as pain.  The pain is real to you and not ‘in your head’ – but it does not mean anything is damaged.

Chronic pain is strongly affected by lack of exercise, stress, negative emotional states, unhelpful thought habits and other lifestyle problems.  As an osteopath with a background in psychology and well versed in broad naturopathic approaches, I can help with these issues.

A Great Video Explaining Chronic Pain

Techniques that leverage the power of the mind and the unconcious can be useful in many contexts, including with people in pain.

Pain can be an important signal to avoid something that might be damaging or harmful.  The initial ‘alarm’ of pain can sometimes go on for longer than is useful and when it is no longer signalling any actual physical cause for that pain. 

It is like living in a house that once had a kitchen fire or a burned sausage situation – the smoke and fire was put out, but for various reasons the alarm is still going off.  It’s loud, it’s annoying, you can’t safely take the batteries out  AND you also can’t hear any new alarms go off very well while it is blaring from the old fire. What you need to do is keep the batteries in so the system can detect new fires, but stop the old alarm sounding.

NLP for Pain helps you achieve this for your pain by resetting your alarm system and turning off pain signals from any old, unnecessary, unhelpful pain.  We work together to convince your unconscious mind to stop any old unnecessary pain signals.

NLP for Pain doesn’t ‘numb’ anything and so is totally safe. It turns off – or in some cases – turns down any old pain – but it leaves your body able to send signals for any new pain. In this way, it can be safer or complimentary to medication – your GP gives you painkillers because they feel you don’t need to be feeling the pain…but they also mask other pains.  NLP for Pain targets only old, unnecessary, unhelpful pain, leaving you fully sensitive to any new pains which could provide your body useful information. 

A great example is knee osteoarthritis.  You have pain, you get the pain checked out, the doctor decides it is osteoarthritis.  You don’t need the pain anymore.  The pain technique eliminates or turns down your pain.  You’re pain free.  Maybe at some point down the road the arthritis has changed, or you have a new problem in your knee.  You can feel the new pain – and then you can get it checked out.  The old pain is still gone but the new pain is doing it’s job.

The technique is simple, effective, and doesn’t require any hands on – in fact the sessions take place via Skype or Zoom.  This makes it ideal for people who don’t like manual therapy, who are apprehensive about touch, or for those who physically can’t get to my location.

Does this really work?

If the technique is suitable for you, it will work.  Most people eliminate or reduce their old pain within 1 to 2 sessions – very frequently in the first session.

Will it work for me?

Is your pain ‘old’  – like longstanding arthritis pain?

Do you have a diagnosis from a qualified professional? 

Does stress or lack of sleep increase your pain? 

Is there any advantage to you keeping your pain? (ie disability payments, not having to do things you don’t want to do anyway, etc).  We can talk about these issues to see if you may have challenges that prevent your unconscious from wanting to let go of the pain.

If these are all true for you, the technique is very likely to suit you.   Book a 20 minute assessment call and we can find out.

Is this hypnosis?

No, it is not hypnosis.

There is no trance involved at all.

It is more like a guided meditation or visualisation where I help you and your unconscious mind decide to no longer hold onto unnecessary pain.

How can it just 'go' ?

The longer you have had the pain the more likely it is that it no longer serves a purpose.  You know what the problem is, you’ve been diagnosed, you’re taking painkilers to deal with the pain, your pain cycles with your stress levels rather than with your body.  This all indicates that the old pain message is no longer needed.  All we need to do is convince your unconscious that is it not necessary.

Isn't feeling no pain dangerous?

Yes it would be!!

If we didn’t have the ability to feel pain, we’d be in big danger.  In fact, some people are born with a condition where they can feel no pain and they are often seriously injured as children.  In many less ‘protected’ societies, they don’t survive.

Imagine not being able to learn to avoid burning yourself from getting too close to a hot stove, or learning to stay away from a steep edge to avoid the pain of falling?

This technique is not about numbing an area or reducing our ability to feel new pain or pain that is sending us a message that something is wrong. It is ONLY about getting rid of or reducing pain that is no longer helpful.

What would I expect in a session?

First, we would book a 20 minute assessment call in which I could answer your questions and assess if I think the technique will help you.

I would then develop a strategy specifically for you and your pain.

We would then have a Skype call where I would walk you through the process.  You’ll need to have an uninterrupted space, and a chair, and be able to set up so that I can see you standing and sitting.  We can talk in more detail in the assessment call.

During the process I will start by asking you some further questions.  Then we will help prepare your unconcious to engage with the process and essentially ‘negotiate’ and convince the unconcious to get rid of the old pain messages.  It is like deleting an old voicemail from a lover….sometimes we hesitate…but then when it’s gone it is gone.  A new start.

There are some situations where the unconcious is not quite willing yet to get rid of the pain and in this case we will work with the unconcious to settle on a very low number, and then try again in a subsequent session if you wished.

Each situation is different but this is generally how it goes.

How are sessions conducted and paid for?

The 20 minute assessment call is to answer questions and do a preliminary assessment of your suitability.

We conduct that session on the phone or via Skype or Zoom – and then if you would like to book for the treatment, we set a date during that call.  You can also later book online.

I then spend time developing a plan for you, and we meet on Skype or Zoom for your session. Allow an hour.

The 20 minute assessment costs £15 however I will credit that fee if we book you a session. (Remember you can always book a 10 min free chat to just ask questions!) The up to 1 hour treatment session costs £90 (£75 with the credit!)  Payment can be done with a credit card via Paypal even if you don’t have a Paypal account.


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