Relaxation: Rewards, Obstacles and Methods

Being able to unwind from the tangle of stress and enter a state of deep relaxation is one of the most important skills you can learn. It is a skill that will benefit both your physical and mental health as well as making you happier and giving you a sense of having more control. . . . → Read More: Relaxation: Rewards, Obstacles and Methods

Pain – Is it Physical or Emotional?

Which is worse: physical pain or emotional pain? How does one tell the difference? An overly simplified answer is that physical pain has a physical cause and emotional pain comes from emotional distress. When pain is accompanied by physical injury or inflammation, dysfunction or disease, we usually declare it to be physical pain. It . . . → Read More: Pain – Is it Physical or Emotional?

Pain and Depression

Chronic pain and depression go hand in hand. Why is this so and what can be done about it. Take a look first at what depression is. A simple dictionary definition is that depression is a mood or affect that involves subjective feelings, thoughts, fantasies or wishes. A clinician will look for specific symptoms. . . . → Read More: Pain and Depression

Mind Over Pain

Working with pain patients I am often asked, “What can a psychologist do to relieve pain?” Many are asking from the point of view of being upset. They have been referred by their physicians and feel that they are being sent to a psychologist because their own doctor thinks the pain is all in . . . → Read More: Mind Over Pain

Mind-Body Techniques for Preparing for Surgery and Healing

Each of us has first hand experience with the body’s abilities to heal itself. No ones life is free from injury and pain, and we have observed the incredible process of our cuts being repaired and our illnesses fought off. The process seems nothing short of miraculous. As extraordinary as it is, there are . . . → Read More: Mind-Body Techniques for Preparing for Surgery and Healing

How to Use Imagery to Control Pain

Mind-body medicine is based around the idea that there is an influential connection between body and mind. The connection is strong enough to effect physical and mental health. Modern science and modern medicine long ago separated mind and body (initially for valid reasons) and perpetuated a rift that has lead to fragmented treatments of . . . → Read More: How to Use Imagery to Control Pain

Hypnosis and Imagery for Pain Control

The focus for this blog is the use of hypnosis for pain control – the use of a state of trance to create a pain free experience. We will look at the nature of hypnotic trance and the mechanisms for relieving pain. Hypnosis has always been misunderstood, mostly because it is difficult to understand. . . . → Read More: Hypnosis and Imagery for Pain Control