back, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica,TMS and migraine headaches
using Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy & Cognitive Therapy at 1066 Therapy
covering East Sussex, Battle, Hastings, Bexhill, Rye, Heathfield,
Hailsham, Eastbourne, Crowborough, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge,
Ashford and Kent.
I am often asked for help with a variety of pain problems, especially chronic problems, at my practice
just outside of Battle, East Sussex.
I have helped a variety of people with these sorts of problems using either psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, or cognitive therapy.
of us have experienced some sort of pain or discomfort at one time or another,
usually from illness or injury, but thankfully this is usually short-lived
and is relieved once we have received any treatment (if necessary) and
there are increasing numbers of people suffering from chronic/persistent
pain or repeated bouts of acute pain, most commonly in the lower back,
neck, shoulders or buttock area and sometimes the pain is accompanied
by sciatica or similar problems in the arms or legs. Then there are those
with persistent joint or muscle pains; and there are also many people suffering
the pain of occasiona,l or frequent, migraines or tension headaches.
A lot of people I see with pain problems have tried all manner of treatments
to obtain some relief from their problem(s) and yet nothing much has
worked, so they either live in some level of constant pain or discomfort,
or they live in fear of when their next pain episode will be and
they tend to limit their life and lifestyle as far as possible to avoid
E Sarno M.D. is a professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the New York
University School of Medicine who has, with his team of associates, treated
thousands of people suffering from chronic or recurring acute pain
problems over the past 35 years with amazing results.
Sarno has called the pain disorder which they had
"Tension Myositis Syndrome" or "TMS" for short. TMS is a very painful
yet essentially harmless change to either the muscles, nerves, tendons or ligaments (or a combination of them).
The muscles involved are usually the postural muscles in the
back of the neck, the entire back and the buttocks but nerves, tendons, ligaments and muscles anywhere in the body can also be affected, usually in
the limbs and often in the joint areas. Dr Sarno has found that these pains are often caused by unresolved emotional conflicts, stress and the like as opposed to there being actual serious physical 'malfunctions': in other words, the pain is very real but there is no actual injury.
Another thing we
know (from studies and research) is that any stress,
tension, anxiety or worry makes any pain
feel much worse. In particular, migraines and tension headaches (as
the name suggests!) are widely believed to be caused by inner tension, anxiety or stress. If this underlying stress or anxiety has
been gradually accumulating over a long period, as it does for a lot of
people, then this makes everything worse. Recent research also shows a strong correlation between the way a person thinks about pain and the intensity and duration of the discomfort.
is where I can help using psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and cognitive therapy. Hypnosis and
hypnotherapy, specifically Hypnoanalysis,
can be very effective at helping to significantly reduce accumulated stress, anxiety
and inner tension levels. Hypnosis
can also be used with visualisation and individually tailored Suggestion
Therapy to effectively manage pain as an interim measure if a person is unsuitable, for whatever reason, to undergo a course of Hypnoanalysis.
Psychotherapy is also very useful in helping people to resolve underlying emotional conflicts and reducing stress/anxiety levels. Sometimes this may be achieved by going through a couse of psychological/cognitive training. The best way forward for any individual is discussed during a free 30 minute initial consultation.
I am not a medical doctor I am unable to actually diagnose TMS. Also,
this page is for information purposes only and is not
intended to diagnose or treat pain in any way and is not intended
to be a substitute for proper medical advice. It is essential therefore
that ALL pain syndromes/problems are properly medically
investigated to rule out the, albeit rare, possibility that the pain
is being caused by a serious underlying disorder. For this reason, everyone who consults
me where their primary concern is that of a pain problem must
have a referral from their doctor.