The underlying concept behind the SIRPA approach is that pain and many other persistent health conditions are often triggered, or perpetuate, as a result of the build-up of unresolved emotions related to past or current chronic stress or trauma. These symptoms are part of the brain’s primal protective/‘fight or flight’ response. These days though ‘threats’ are generally more of the psychological kind, rather than potentially life-threatening situations, like facing a lion or a sabre-toothed tiger. For example, a result of how we react to what is going on in our lives (e.g. over-analysing, ruminating, worrying etc), rather than just what is actually happening........
Georgie Oldfield is a physiotherapist in the UK who trains health care practitioners in Mind-Body medicine . Please read
A SIRPA practitioner in the UK recently posted this account of her 'aha!' moment regarding her IBS. Read the story here.
Anyone who is experiencing prolonged symptoms following Cvid 19 infections (or knows someone who is ) may be interested in the first hand stories of some individuals who have recovered from it.
A very useful and informative resource for people experiencing irritable bowel or other functional gastro-intestinal symptoms is a book by a paediatrician and a psychologist called Trust Your Gut. The information contained in it is very similar to the advice we give. One of the authors also uses clinical hypnosis for IBS.
If the only experience one has had or observed about hypnosis is a stage or other entertainment venue, or perhaps from cartoons (such as Scooby-Doo) or movies, one may not be aware of how gentle, yet powerful, respectful and effective clinical hypnosis can be in a medical setting. In this video, Dr. Rob McNeilly in Australia is working with a young girl who wanted to get rid of her fear of dogs.The interaction is playful, enjoyable, and safe, and released her permanently from that old phobia.
Have a look at their very instructive and enlightening infographic and explore further. You may also like to look at the Curable App.
Dr. David Hanscom talks with Penny George and Dan Hindsley, based in Fife, Scotland and Lancashire, England, respectively. Penny shares her story of battling and overcoming Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Dan talks about his struggle with and recovery from severe sciatica and back pain for over a decade. They met (virtually) in mid-2020 after both participating in online recovery interviews with Georgie Oldfield and have joined forces to raise awareness of the mind-body approach to health among medical practitioners in the UK.
Penny George is based in Fife, Scotland and became ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 2017 during a particularly stressful period in her life, including the loss of two friends to suicide, and a highly toxic work environment. She was told about the work of Dr Sarno by a Buddhist nun, and experienced an overnight 'book recovery' after reading the first half of the Divided Mind in August 2019.
Dan Hindsley is based in Lancashire, England, and was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease in his 20s following an MRI scan. He was sent away to 'manage' the pain and suffered with severe sciatica and back pain for over a decade before discovering the work of Dr Sarno where he made the link between the pain and repressed grief. Following the methods described in Georgie Oldfield's book Chronic Pain: Your Key to Recovery, he made a full recovery which culminated in him completing an Ironman 70.3 Triathlon in 2019, after years of believing he was unable to run.
They encourage people that have recovered through a Mindbody process to go back and contact their doctors and tell their story and share any material that helped them, be it books, podcasts or at https://mindbodymedicineinfo.org.
This Might Hurt is a documentary describing the work of Dr Howard Schubiner. Viewers follow the moving stories of a group of chronic pain patients for whom conventional medicine had little to offer other than opiates and other drugs or potentially harmful unnecessary surgery. Most of them found significant relief using a structured program examining the underlying emotions contributing to their physical symptoms.
This approach has been used at our office for many years.
This Australian physiotherapist working in the UK was able to resolve her Raynaud's disease using a mind-body approach. You can read Part 1 of her story and then Part 2 here.
David is a fan of books and no doubt will be sharing some good reads here.