Do we really need to be in pain?

by Chris Hoare

April 3rd 2023

I'm willing to bet that many of us have at some time gone to see their GP with an unexplained pain. I wonder how many people have sat in front of the doctor, embarrassed and feeling like a fraud because suddenly it doesn't hurt so much. 

When I was sixteen I remember standing outside school, waiting for the bus with a pain in my abdomen. It was a Thursday and I'd had an organic chemistry class that afternoon. I toyed with the idea that I had accidentally ingested something poisonous.

By mid-Friday afternoon the pain was stronger. Nevertheless I ate some sweet and sour pork from the local Chinese takeaway as a quick evening meal. Big mistake!

By midnight my mother had called a doctor to see me. He came in to my bedroom, prodded my abdomen and promptly called an ambulance. From then on the pain lessened dramatically, even though the doctor's examination had been excruciatingly painful.

The pain had fulfilled its purpose in drawing my attention to the fact that my appendix was in a bad way and needed emergency surgery.

So, where did the pain come from? The obvious answer is that it came from my appendix.


Signals from my appendix were sent to my brain to indicate something was wrong. Nevertheless the pain, like ALL pain, was generated by the brain itself. It was my brain's opinion of how much danger I was in. Once it had fulfilled its purpose it was no longer needed, even though the cause was still pulsing away inside me

Pain is no longer seen as an input. Instead it is now understood to be an output of the brain, urging us to do something to get out of danger that it believes us to be in. 

Where this becomes really interesting is with people who experience chronic pain, the pain that has no use but is still being generated by their brains. So often the medical profession can only prescribe painkillers which become gradually less effective over time. Remember that word opinion? Opinions can change.

If the brain can be allowed to realise that there is no danger, it can turn of the unnecessary output, the useless pain. Hypnosis is the ideal tool for this. Recently Nikki and I had the pleasure of freeing multiple people from chronic pain, all within a few minutes. The potential savings to the NHS and the benefits to sufferers could be dramatic.

I now understand why my pain decreased all those years ago.

Have a look below at the video from Lorimer Moseley. Your brain will love it and it won't hurt a bit.

Chris Hoare

Clinical Hypnotherapist

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