Counselling & Chiropractic in Brighton, by guest contributor Diane Hedge

Just as chiropractic allows your body to start its own healing process, so counselling can help you recognise how the way you think and feel impacts on your physical health.

It’s part of our language to recognise the body/mind connection, as in:  “He’s a pain in the neck.”  “It’s a headache”.

What counselling can do is help you tune in to the message that your body is giving you.  It allows quiet and reflective space to acknowledge what may be the real source of your pain.  Stress, anxiety, depression and grief don’t just happen in our heads, they’re right in there at a cellular level, in the gut, in our breathing, in our stiff backs and necks.  When we start to listen to what our bodies are saying, we can work with it.  I often say to clients:  “If you treated your car like this, what would happen?”  And their rueful response is often “It’d be broken down at the side of the road.”

The most body-focussed counselling is psychodynamic.  It works on the principle that our history is stored in our feelings.  So, instead of dismissing “random” thoughts and feelings as illogical, you’ll be encouraged to be respectful of the source of those feelings.  Very often we run on old software without realising it.  Counselling allows us to “map” old patterns of behaviour.  And knowing the map means we can recognise when what we feel is in the now or belongs to us, say, when we’re growing up.  That insight is empowering, gives us choices in how we run our lives.

Brighton Chiropractors and Counsellor working together

Your chiropractor, of course, is there to treat your body.  He/she will, as part of that, be asking how you are “using” your body.  Are you hunched over a computer for much of the day?  Do you have to drive a lot?  What are the stressors (physical and emotional) in your life? How do you handle them?  In short, listen to your body – it may be trying to tell you something.

Diane Hedge mbacp

Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Relieving Pain with Hypnotherapy

Pain relief at Brighton Chiropractors, Sundial ClinicsMost of us have suffered some form of physical pain during our lives. Pain can have a significant impact on our daily routine and can affect our performance. Sometimes it may become so bothersome that it wrecks our whole day.

Increasingly people depend on pain medications when pain becomes too bothersome and impacts on their daily lives. But depending on a tablets isn’t as healthy as you think. You can find that your body becomes dependent on a certain dose of a pain medication and, when something more severe occurs, one tablet is not enough.

That is why some therapists recommend hypnosis to relieve the pain rather than merely depending on synthetic medications. Hypnotherapy can be very effective even when the source of pain is unknown. We also know that pain is a subjective experience meaning the person who feels it is the only person who knows he or she is in pain even if there are no symptoms to prove that pain is present. Therefore, hypnotherapy plays a vital role in relieving pain for people experiencing subjective pain. Hypnotherapy trains a person’s mind ways to process the pain he or she feels so that pain is no longer noticed.

Contrary to the belief of some, hypnosis is not a state of unconsciousness but is an altered state of consciousness. So in the process of hypnotherapy to relieve the person’s pain, the individual is in control which is totally different from the belief that they are losing control over themselves. Hypnotherapy is about gaining control over your own body to a higher degree, allowing yourself not to feel or perceive pain.

Pain can be caused by our emotions. Emotional stress leads one person to have physical pain even if there are no proven symptoms of the pain. Stress levels in our brain can create a flood of chemicals throughout our body leading to inflammation which is perceived as pain. Hypnotherapy allows us to control our own cells and even the pain we feel.

All that hypnotherapy does is convince our brain to stop the signals that cause it to perceive pain. Once we have control over our brain, we no longer need to depend on synthetic medications to relieve our pain. Control over our mind is a powerful tool and it is a healthy option to relieve pain as well.