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Types of Pain

How to Recognise the Different Types

(An Aid for Therapists)

All therapists at some time or other, whether they are Clinical Hypnotherapists or any other therapist, will deal with pain control.

There are many theories on what actually causes pain and how to block it.  No matter what you believe, the most IMPORTANT aspect of pain control is that you must NEVER remove it completely.  Temporary relief is acceptable, providing it is not used as a permanent remedy.   If any type of pain is persistent, orthodox medical treatment must be sought.

The reason is that pain is nature's way of warning you that something is wrong with your body.   It could by symptomatic that something is seriously wrong, such as a brain tumour, a hernia or even cancer, so pain control must be used with caution.

Once a therapist has succeeded in reducing pain to a tolerable level, my advice is that the client should be referred to his or her doctor, that is if a doctor is not already involved.

Remember that pain almost always produces heat and tension.  Two simple temporary ways to relieve pain is to cool the area and  more importantly, relax the area where pain is felt.  However, a good therapist can show you more ways to get a more permanent or instant relief from pain.

Recognising the Source of Pain

Here is a thumb-nail guide to the most common forms of pain:

Throbbing:    Usually indicates an inflammatory condition and where the affection is serious, the pain  may be severe.  Inflammation usually produces a continuous pain in the localised are and is made worse by pressure.  Note that when pain is caused by inflammation, there is usually an increase in body temperature - fever, high pulse rate and/or severe thirst.

Boring: Often indicates pressure, ulceration or inflammatory conditions.  Where bone is affected, the pain may be excruciating in character.

Gnawing:  The pain of a stomach ulcer is often described as 'gnawing' but can also be associated with tumours and GREAT CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN when this symptom is present.

Aching, Bruised, Stiff:  These symptoms may simply be the after effects of the over use of muscles.  In well established cases of stiffness with aching, actual deposits in the tissues may be present.  Rheumatism deposits cause similar symptoms, usually localised in a particular joint or muscle.    Note, tiredness in the muscles can cause these symptoms and can cause cramps in the muscles.  Cramps can easily be relieved by stretching the muscle, for example, cramp in the calf muscles can be relieved by pulling the toes back towards the upper part of the body, or standing on the edge of a stair  with the forward part of the foot and pressing down.

Griping, Colicky:   Irritation of such organs as the bowels, bile ducts, bladder or ureter (the canal where urine passes through from kidney to bladder) will cause this type of pain.  The client is usually compelled to double up to relieve this kind of pain.

Burning:   Often descriptive of dyspeptic pains caused by an excess of acid in the gastric juices irritating the nerve endings in the stomach membrane.

Shooting/Sharp:    Usually indicates that pain is travelling along a nerve.  It can, therefore be assumed that there is some irritation of a nerve in the stated area.   Toothache is often described like that when an abscess is touching a nerve in the tooth.

I do hope that the above has in some small way been of help in dealing with pain, but always remember, the root of a pain is where the eventual cure lies.


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