How to Block Pain – So Easy, You Can Do It In Your Sleep

I hope to, one day, hypnotise people as much as I hypnotise myself. If I did, it would add so much value to the world.

For example, I woke up this morning from a leg cramp. This happens every now and then. It hurts, every time. Is it the worst pain in the world? No, I’ve felt worse. But it’s worse than any pain I feel in a typical month.

It’s a rough way to wake up.

The first wave of pain jolted me awake. A muscle inside my calf locked, sending a sharp, burning ache throughout my entire system. In the past, I’ve had to spend a few minutes coaxing the muscle to relax. This would dial the pain right down to a throbbing pulse, leaving my leg tender for the next day or so.

Bah. Compared to that, it’s like I have superpowers.

After less than a second of pain and surprise frying my brain, I acted. I disconnected myself from the pain. It was instinctive.

I still felt the pain, only it wasn’t unpleasant. It was neutral – like a strange tingling. My body relaxed and the muscle released.

How long was I awake before I hypnotised myself?

About half a second.

I hypnotised myself again after getting up (I like to start the day with a clear, uplifted mind). And again, to arrive at work with enthusiasm. And again, to banish some untimely nerves.

And again…

And again…

(You don’t think I write while in a natural state of mind, do you? Why leave it to chance like that?)

Here’s the thing: if you have experienced something – whether it’s a mood or a state of mind – you can re-experience it. If you can imagine a state, you can embody it. Your unconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between memories, daydreaming and reality. If it exists in one, it can exist in the other.

Your inner mind can make you feel confident. It can block pain. All of your memories, skills and ideas lie within its grasp.

So why aren’t you always an indestructible, charismatic genius?

Because your unconscious mind doesn’t know what you want.

Think about it – too much confidence can get you in trouble, for example. So it dials back on your confidence… unless you tell it otherwise.

This is why the mental arts are so powerful. Ever wonder why most top performers use meditation? It’s because it brings more of your unconscious mind – and all of its powers – under conscious control.

Self-hypnosis does the same thing, only faster and better. You might struggle with meditation but you’ll find self-hypnosis to be fun, simple and easy.

An important step is to set your intentions. Make it crystal clear in your mind. If you do this and nothing else, your unconscious mind will get the message. When you sleep or while you’re distracted, it will work on the problem you gave it.

With the right intentions, you can change your world.

If you want to know the next step, I have a self-hypnosis eBook. It scales with difficulty, so as you master more of your mind, you always know what the next step will be.

To increase the power of your conscious mind (and unlock your creativity, memory, genius, charisma… ), get your hands on the eBook h

How to Deal With Pain In Your Shoulder

Each and every one of us at some point in our lives are going to find ourselves labouring with some discomfort in our shoulders. The level of pain can be anything from an annoying minor niggling sensation with a certain action or excruciating stabbing pain with barely any movement at all.

As an osteopath, not only have I had to deal with literally thousands of shoulder complaints but have on three separate occasions suffered incapacitating pain in my own right shoulder. Personally, it was a great opportunity to learn about what I had read only in expensive Orthopaedic text books. It helped me to empathise with patients in trouble, which gave them some sense of assurance that I genuinely understood where they were coming from (especially in terms of the pain!)

Undoubtedly, the most ubiquitous condition as far as the shoulder is concerned is a Rotator Cuff tear. Almost 2 million people went to their doctors with this condition in the U.S.A back in 2013.

I could go into a lot of anatomical details about the bones and muscles that make up the shoulder and the cuff and what is injured, but as I found out for myself, all I wanted to know immediately was what could I do to make the pain go away.

It is important that you go to a doctor or Orthopaedic specialist or an osteopath to get an accurate diagnosis of what your shoulder is about, before proceeding with some beneficial activity to help it. In more severe cases the wrong treatment or self-help could exacerbate the problem.

Of my own condition which began back in January 2017, it became increasingly uncomfortable to sleep on my right shoulder. Initially, I thought it was something that would right itself and go away. Like most people, when you lead a busy life, there is simply not enough time in the day to go messing around with a niggling pain.

However, after a couple of months, it got to the point where it was starting to interfere with any action where I had to lift or press down on my hand for support, or even dressing myself would initiate a sharp twinge of discomfort. More worryingly, I was able to palpate a specific area around the back close to the top and outside of the shoulder bone. To be anatomically precise, I could feel that my right supraspinatus muscle and tendon were inflamed. I don’t how you feel about using anti-inflammatory drugs. Personally, I try not to use them more than necessary. However, in my case I gave in and had an Ibuprofen.

Bluntly, it gave me a modicum of relief. In times like this, it is useful if you possess an ice-pack which is capable of being molded around the offending limb. So, I placed a cold pack on the back of my shoulder over the inflamed spot.

Now, this did help a little. Do be careful about these cold packs as they drop to -10 deg. C in the freezer, so do put the pack in a thin sock, or you could end up burning your skin especially if your circulation is not what it use to be. It is the same as putting a swollen ankle in a bucket. For those who may have seen Riverdance, all the tap dancers had their feet and calf muscles in icy buckets of water. It is the best thing for any inflamed muscle or tendon. Quite rapidly, I found that I could move my arm and shoulder with relative ease.

Cold is a simple way to reduce the inflammation which in turn reduces the swelling and tension in the muscle tissue. Cold provokes the body to warm up the area, so that means pumping some nice fresh hot blood from the interior. By doing this, it can help to drain the damaged tissue of what are referred to as ” Pain factor substances “. These are natural chemicals that the nerves produce when the body has been traumatized. Pain is chemically mediated and this is because you have a pain gene for the very purpose of letting you know that your body is in trouble. There are certain individuals who are born without this gene. Ironically, although you might think how lucky they are, it can lead to many more problems than just a pain in the shoulder.

Another simple way to help is having a hot//cold shower. A few years ago I had a pump put in as the water pressure was minimal so that I could have a therapeutic shower. When beset with a painful shoulder, differential bathing i.e. the use of hot and cold water can be quite relieving. Again, as with the cold pack, it is about boosting the local circulation. Let’s not forget our blood is a sophisticated rich mixture of chemicals and specialised body cells that has the job of attending to damaged tissue. The body is gifted with the natural capacity to heal itself. Hydrotherapy has been used for centuries to aid the body’s healing mechanism.

It is important to alternate the hot/cold shower 3/4 times giving 30s to each and ALWAYS finishing on the COLD. To capitalise on this treatment, if you happen to have some deep heat cream, or menthol and eucalyptus oil, rub these agents as well as you can manage into the problem area. It is worth taking advantage of the improved local circulation after the hot/cold shower as the agents will be taken to the target area more easily.

If, as in my case the shoulder condition is not too severe, after the shower and cream try to move the arm to those positions that provoke pain. You may find that you can go a little further. It is very important to do these actions slowly and gently. Rather like athletes with injuries, aggressive movements will not only cause further trauma, and also create a mental apprehension. This can undermine your confidence and induce a subconscious fear which generates more tension in the shoulders. That in turn undermines the healing process.

Finally, it is important to find a suitable activity that can engage your shoulder muscles. The rotator cuff is group of four muscles that come together as tendons and the form a cover over the shoulder. They attach the long bone in your arm (humerus) to your shoulder-blade ( scapula ), so they are very important stabilizers. So, it goes without saying, that exercise is of paramount importance in the longterm. A strong well toned muscle will support not just your shoulder joints but every other joint in your body.

One of the best activities for improving shoulders and everything else is swimming. Even if you can only paddle, it does not matter. Water has the benefit of supporting your limbs and reducing the sense of gravity, so less weight to carry. Another bonus, water has a certain viscosity which provides enough resistance to tone the muscle. So as you move your shoulder you are pumping the muscles which gets the heart pumping and an extra benefit is that you start producing those feel good chemicals, the endorphins. Water can promote a win- win situation.

This is how I started myself on the road to recovery and since then I have joined a sports centre where I have been able to work with specific weight machines to focus on the muscles that assist in all the movements of the shoulder.

There are shoulders that do need surgical intervention, and when this is the case, everything that has been mentioned so far is very important when rehabilitating the problem.

Shoulder pain is something that can be helped provided that the nature of the condition has been properly diagnosed. I have had three occasions where I have resorted to the simple methods that require the use of water. As an Osteopath I have encouraged many victims of shoulder to carry out the things I still do on a regular basis. Ultimately, prevention is far better than the cure. So for those who have been fortunate enough not to have been burdened with a shoulder injury look after the muscles that support the shoulders. The bones of your body are like the scaffold but it is the muscle and tendons that bind everything together. Strip away the muscles and you would literally fall to pieces.

How to Relieve Your Pain With Yoga

Who would have thought a few simple poses would alleviate headaches, back pain and other pains that many people suffer through? I was totally blown away when I learned that practicing yoga would get rid of my headaches. Had I known this many years ago, I never would have suffered body-dropping headaches as a teen. Here are a few simple moves to rid your pain for the New Year.

Headaches, Stress, and Anxiety
Are headaches, stress, and anxiety menaces to your daily activities? Try coming into a kneeling position, sitting on your legs, on the floor. Inhale deeply and exhale, leaning forward to rest your forehead on the floor for five or ten breaths. Your arms are resting limply at your sides. Continue to breathe deeply, imagining that you are exhaling your breath directly into the troubled area. When you are ready to come out of this pose, inhale deeply and slowly raise your head from the floor.

Back Pain?
Try lying on your back, on the floor. Inhale deeply and as you exhale, hug your knees to your chest. Hold this position for five to ten breaths as you rock from side to side to massage your lower back against the floor. To come out of the pose, on an exhale, release your legs to the floor and lie flat on your back, breathing smoothly for another five to ten breaths before turning to your right side to rise slowly to a comfortable sitting position. Try this as many times as you need to throughout the day.

Another excellent pose for back pain is lying prostrate on the floor (at full length). Begin inhaling and exhaling deeply. On an inhale, raise your arms and legs to your own degree and hold for a breath or two. Then release and let them down on an exhale. Try this as many times as you like. To come out, inhale to your hands and knees.

Hip Pain?
Feeling stiffness in your hip-joint whenever you rise from sitting to walk? Try this easy pose and feel the pain disappear. Sit on the floor with your legs crossed (crisscross applesauce). Sit tall, inhaling deeply and then exhale as you walk your hands out in front of you (to your own degree). Continue to breathe deeply for five to ten breaths. When you’re ready to come out of this pose, inhale as you walk your hands back into your body and rise slowly from the floor.