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Hypnosis Training Podcast by Cal Banyan #15: Hypnosis and Pain Management Using 5-PATH®

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Hypnosis and Pain Management Using 5-PATH®

As I mentioned in my previous podcast, I’m always looking for good topics that would be interesting and useful for the working hypnotist or hypnotherapist. And now for these next few podcasts I am going to pull questions from our hypnotherapy discussion groups on Yahoo!

Basically what I am doing is looking through those groups and finding intersting questions that I’d like to answer, but rather than writing a long email to the group to answer it, I will just answer those questions in these podcasts.

I am using those questions as an example to teach from on that topic. In this podcast there is a specific question about working with pain using 5-PATH® with a particular client. I will read the question, then discuss generally how to conduct pain management sessions, and then apply that information to the topic.

Here we go!

Question: I am working with a client for pain doing 5-PATH® and the AR work has helped him to bring his pain down from a 7 to a 2 on a SUDS scale of 0 to 10. He is very happy so far. But he has found that stress at work and with his family causes the pain to increase. We also did FOO on his father and since then he said that the relief was even greater. While visiting his mother she “guilted” him into staying longer than he wanted to, and it caused his pain to increase. So we did some FOO work with her as well. It was interesting that when doing FOO with Dad he was able to really express how he felt and released a lot of anger, but was unwilling to express his anger in the FOO session for his Mother. He managed to express the feelings anyway and he did an excellent job of it, but after the session was over he has experienced an increase in pain. I asked him how he felt about that forgiveness session and he said that he felt bad in treating his mother that way, but denied feeling guilt about it. I suggested that it may be guilt and that the next session will neutralize those feelings of guilt and any other feelings of anger that he may have. I’m wondering if I should handle FOS in the usual way? Does he need to do FOO with me?

General considerations when working with pain:

  1. Pain always has an emotional and a cognitive component, so the best work is done when both standard hypnosis for pain management treatments are used along with 5-PATH®. Remember, whatever stress makes worse, properly done advanced hypnotherapy techniques such as 5-PATH® can make better.
  2. Standard hypnotherapeutic pain management techniques include: visualization, disassociation and analgesia/anesthesia. See Ron Eslinger’s HypnoAnesthesia Course.
  3. 5-PATH® will either eliminate the cause of the pain, when a physical cause does not exist, or reduce the amount of pain by removing any emotional or cognitive components to the pain, including secondary gain issues.
  4. Always get a medical referral when working with pain.
  5. Answering the question.

I hope you enjoy the podcast and I want to encourage you to leave comments about this program and/or suggestions for an upcoming edition in this series.

For more information about hypnosis training, please visit our other websites. I also hope that you are considering joining one of our hypnosis email groups on Yahoo, so that you can join in on the ongoing discussions.

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2 Reader Comments to Hypnosis Training Podcast by Cal Banyan #15: Hypnosis and Pain Management Using 5-PATH®

  1. Celeste November 27, 2006 at 6:25 PM

    Hey Cal,

    You used my question! Thanks! I am finally getting around to listening to the podcasts!

    This one gave me a lot of insight into OTHER little times when AR is useful and appropriate that I may not have thought of…such as regressing to a time when this clients mom “guilted” him to find out exactly what he was feeling AT THAT TIME. Could this mean another ISE and would I keep following that thread back? Or would I use, say anger, for more FOO?

    Because of this podcast, now I can see how liberally using AR to get information can be applied throughout all the stages of the work. THanks!

    In the beginning of the podcast you hinted at there possibly being secondary gain but did not continue in that thread when you addressed the question at the end of your talk. I’d love to hear more about your thoughts on that.

    Thank you! You are the greatest!
    Celeste Hackett, CH

  2. Ken Triplett, MA, CH, EFT, RM/T January 23, 2007 at 5:49 PM

    Wow! What a tour de force this lecture was: fast paced, the facts ma’am. I could listen to this several more times and still come away with a new ‘wrinkle’ on it.It was a wonderful refresher for me and it should benefit anyone in the field who would desire to become acquainted with a comprehensive approach to pain management. Also, I had the pleasure of taking Ron’s ‘Pain Course’ at the NGH convention several years ago and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to become seriously involved in this area.
    (This Podcast is definitely CEU quality!!)
    Regards
    Ken

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