Current treatment for chronic pain
Modern Western medical treatment has
moved to a multi-disciplinary approach that takes account of the overall pain
experience. Specialist treatment occurs at pain clinics attached to large
hospitals where expertise can be called upon from physiotherapy, clinical
psychology and anaesthetics. However, according to the Bloomfield Report on the
impact of the Northern Ireland conflict (Bloomfield, 1998), the provision of
these services falls well short of the need in the community.
Treatments for pain offered currently by health professionals
includes cognitive behaviour therapy and modulation of sensory inputs; i.e. drug
regimes, hypnosis, relaxation, acupuncture and electronic aids such as TENS.
Mark Grant has also shown that EMDR can help relieve chronic pain as well as be
effective with PTSD. EMDR uses a multi-modal approach focusing on thoughts,
emotions, imagery, and sensory experience, all of which are ingredients of the
working with pain
We have worked with numerous sufferers of chronic pain and
have been able to use our psychological techniques to ease discomfort for many
of them. Some of us are also trained in hypnosis. Our MD arranged an
event where Mark Grant and Ana Valenzuela came to Northern Ireland to train
therapists in the use of EMDR with chronic pain.
Normally we will not be your first ‘port-of-call’. However,
you can self-refer by phone or email, or be referred by your GP, or other
Mark Grant’s pain website