Pain is so much a part of life that Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “He has seen but half the Universe who has not been shown the house of pain”.

The experience of pain makes it difficult to feel very well, so, for those with pain, good coping skills and pain management strategies are an important part of Well-Being.

The mind has a tremendous impact on the experience of physical pain.  Whatever the source of pain it must be experienced through the mind. By altering how we attend to, judge, and react to pain we take control over this intense experience.

We all have the potential to take control of our experience of pain.

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

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

Flotation REST in Applied Psychophysiology

Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST) has fascinated many researchers, clinicians, and explorers of consciousness, promising something special – a powerful transformation, a mystical peak experience, an intense change in biochemicals, improved performance, or a healing of our ills. . . . → Read More: Flotation REST in Applied Psychophysiology