I am a 57 years old medical doctor with my own fair share of painful medical conditions like arthritis, sleep apnoea, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol and lumbago. My patients frequently ask me what I take when I have pain. One therapy I use more than pills is hypnotherapy. This is followed by my indoor gym bike. Number three is paracetamol. I must confess up front that I sometimes use unconventional methods like Heineken when the joint pains are very severe and do not go away quick enough with pain killers but generally speaking, I use a combination of pain therapies to relieve my pains. I will elaborate on the different therapies I use.
For arthritis, I take two paracetamols (Click on link) when-ever I have pain. I keep in mind the fact that an overdose of paracetamol can kill me. Therefore, I take paracetamol every six hours. I add diclofenac 50mg tablets if the pain is severe, which I take every 8 hours. There are times when I use a diclofenac injection for immediate pain relief. The only problem is that my wife is a teacher and will not give me the injection at home because she is afraid of needles and injections.
After taking the pills, I put my self-hypnosis CD (Click) and my earphones and relax on my bed for a 30 minutes session of guided self-relaxation therapy. I start by deep inhalation. I then contract and relax my legs, my arms, my shoulders and face. I instruct my brain to relax and can feel the relaxation down the spinal cord to the rest of my body. This I follow with the relaxation of my heart and all blood vessels. This is the magic treatment for my blood pressure. It reduces my pressure by 20 mmHg as measured before and after relaxation. It reduces stress and tension throughout my body. I estimate that it will increase my lifespan by 20 to 30 years. This is the most powerful pain killer when combined with the simple paracetamol. By the end of this session I am so fresh I work 6 hours non-stop.
When I feel tiredness and pains return, I take a break of one hour for physical therapy. I used my indoor bike to exercise the body and cardiac system for 40 to 60 minutes. This is followed by two paracetamols and 30 minutes of hydrotherapy (Click) in the aromatherapy (Click) bath.
I sometimes use heat therapy (Click) when it is cold and my joints are stiff and painful. This relaxes the muscles, ligaments and tendons thus reducing the pains. The heat therapy is followed by deep heat rub (Click).
If my usual routine fails to stop the pain, I go for a diclofenac injection and this works wonders. My patients like to get the more powerful pethidine injection in addition to the diclofenac injection. I have never used this for fear of addiction which I watch out on all my patients. For me, a few cans of Heineken really stop the pain when all else has failed. There are obviously the dangers of alcohol use, abuse and addiction that I have to ensure never disturb my life. It would be a shame to suffer all the unavoidable pain of medical illness and the avoidable pain of addiction!
Oh! I almost forgot to tell you that I have just ordered magnetic jewellery for my joint pains (Click). I also find that a home massager (Click) and a handheld heat therapy (Click) saves me many trips to the physiotherapist. I used to have frequent visits to my physio until I bought my own hydrotherapy device. In the past, about ten years ago, I used a meal replacement (Click) to shed weight and that had a miraculous effect on my backache and joint pains.
How does hypnosis work for me? Self-hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of mind which can be defined as a heightened state of focused concentration. With it, I can change my thinking, kick bad habits and take control of the person I am, along with relaxation and destressing from everyday life. It’s similar to meditation and results in a better me. Hypnotism works by reaching a relaxed state whereby it is possible to sink deeper into my mind and rewrite or reprogram my subconscious. Through physical and mental relaxation, self-hypnosis allows me to bypass my conscious mind and introduce positive thoughts and ideas into my unconscious.
What are my routine steps? I get into comfortable clothing in a perfectly controlled temperature of the room. This means pyjamas or other loose clothes that do not cut the blood circulation. I go to a quiet room and sit in any comfortable chair, couch, or bed. I prefer to lie down and do not cross my legs or any part of my body. I make sure I am not going to be disturbed for at least half an hour because self-hypnosis is not effective if it gets interrupted by a phone call, a pet or a kid. I turn off the phone and the alerts, lock the door and create my space and time. I figure out my hypnosis goals which includes relaxation, healing, detoxification, burning the cholesterol in my body, killing unwanted germs in my body, killing cancer cells, repairing of my body, energising my body and stopping all pains. Self-hypnosis can be used for a number of life-enhancing things like to achieve goals, change thinking, or just as general positive reinforcement, relaxation or motivation. My favourite affirmation is, “I am capable of whatever I set my mind to. I am in control.” I close my eyes and work to rid my mind of any feelings of fear, stress, or anxiety. When I begin, I sometimes find it difficult not to think. I find that thoughts keep intruding. When this happens, I don’t try to force the thoughts out. I observe them impartially, and then I let them slip away. I recognize the tension in my body. I begin with tensing my toes and then imagine the tension slowly falling away from my body and vanishing. I imagine it freeing each body part one at a time starting with my toes and working its way up my body. I visualize each part of my body becoming lighter and lighter as the tension is removed. I relax my toes, then my feet. I continue with my calves, thighs, hips, stomach and so on until I have relaxed each portion, including my face and head. I use imagery techniques of something I find comforting or soothing, such as the feel of water rushing over my feet and ankles, cleansing them of tension. I take slow, deep breaths. When I exhale, I see the tension and negativity leaving in a dark cloud. As I inhale, I see the air returning as a bright force filled with life and energy. I visualise my brain relax completely and the wave of relaxation travelling down my spine to my feet and the rest of the body. I visualise my lungs relax. With the next deep breath, I then visualise my oesophagus, stomach, small bowel and large bowel relax. The following deep breath is followed by relaxation of my kidneys, liver, pancreas and spleen. The next deep breath is followed by relaxation of my heart, arteries and veins throughout my body. I visualise a bright healing light penetrating all my body with a force of energy that kills all germs in my body, kills all cancer cells in my body, burns all fat and cholesterol in my body, repairs all damaged cells and tissues in my body and energise my body. I appreciate the fact that I am now extremely relaxed. I imagine I am in a swimming pool cleansing my body of all wastes, unwanted chemicals and products of the deep cleansing process and renewal of the body. I love the image of walking on the sand along the beach. It is more powerful than the scene in the swimming pool because I can see God and remember what he says as quoted from the Bible. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” I feel a floating sensation. I am becoming calm and relaxed. I am strong and slender. I am successful and positive. My back is beginning to feel wonderful. I have no pain. I let all my tensions disappear. Then I open my eyes.
I use hypnosis and meditation to better myself. I find a goal I would like to achieve and concentrate on it during my relaxed state. I think of the person I’d like to be and be that person. Hypnosis is great for a deep, deep meditation, but it’s better in that it can be used for a bigger, better purpose. I find that I emerge more positive and with a sense of purpose afterwards. Meditation CDs are great for my well-being. I actually recommend the works of Hypnotherapist Mark Bowden to all my patients suffering from chronic pains. Hear how he presents his CDs below:
“MEDITATION CDS ARE GREAT FOR YOUR WELL BEING: Studies confirm that hypnosis is an effective stress relief method and is endorsed by the British and American Medical Associations.
NATURAL STRESS RELIEF FOR DAY & NIGHT: Includes 2 tracks (different only in the endings), so you can de-stress and unwind to this guided mindfulness meditation.
ELIMINATE STRESS & TENSION WHERE IT RESIDES Hypnosis taps into your subconscious where you unknowingly store negative messages that cause feelings of stress, anxiety and worry! Quiet those voices once and for all and feel calmer, happier and reducing anxiety.
ENJOY THIS DEEPLY RELAXING GUIDED RELAXATION CD Hypnotherapist Mark Bowden has helped thousands of people break out of the shackles of stress and worry and become free to lead happy lives! Let his method set you free, too!
A TRULY RELAXING EXPERIENCE: Just listen to the recording and let your subconscious do the rest! You’ll feel deeply relaxed and refreshed after every session.”
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This gem was published by an experienced medical doctor, Dr BA Mabaso, MB ChB, MPhil, MBA, DHSM.