Aug 05, 2015

It’s a Real Pain in Your Assets!

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❋ Pain costs companies, including yours, $294 billion annually in lost workdays, medical expenses, and other benefit costs.

❋ Lost productive time from common pain conditions among active U.S. workers cost an estimated $61.2 billion annually, largely due to reduced performance while at work.

❋ 13% of the total workforce experienced a loss in productive time during a two-week period due to a common pain condition, including headache, back pain, arthritis, and musculo-skeletal pain. (Stats from American Chronic Pain Association)

What are some conclusions we can draw from these statistics about current treatments for pain?

Many of the pain medications are so performance-inhibiting that employees taking them cannot work, or cannot work at a high level of performance
Many pain medications are not effective (Have you ever experienced a doctor trying one pain medication after the other to see what “works”?)
Your company is being financially robbed by persistent pain through lost productivity, high insurance costs, low morale, etc.
Are there alternatives that actually work and can minimize the losses to your company? If you look back in the history of medicine and go back before pain medications were discovered, you’ll find there was a technique that was taught to all medical practitioners that was safe, effective, and quick: Hypnosis. To this day, dentists are the branch of medicine that continues to use it the most. Why was it abandoned? If you were given the option of giving your client/customer a pill and get them on their way so that you could engage the next client instead of spending an additional 15 minutes, what would you do? If you realized an additional revenue source that seemed to be what everyone else is doing, what would you do?

How can hypnosis affect pain management? First, neuroscience tells us that pain only exists in the mind. When you touch a hot stove with your hand, the pain isn’t actually felt in your hand. In an instant of time, a signal is sent to the brain, interpreted, given meaning, and returned to the point of origin. And, you quickly move your hand! The purpose of pain is to alert you that you need to pay attention to that part of your body. When you don’t pay attention, the sensation of pain increases in order to get your attention. (Just try to leave your hand on the hot stove!) This “paying attention” isn’t just an acknowledgement that you have the sensation. The sensation is asking you to really care for the part of your body with the sensation that is painful. This doesn’t mean saying things like, “D#*n that leg! I’m going to walk on it just to show it who’s boss!” This will actually cause the pain signal to strengthen, like attempting to keep your hand on the hot stove.

With chronic pain, here’s what happens; you may have gotten injured and the sensation that was painful was there to alert you to it needing your attention. Sometimes the brain “forgets” to shut off the pain signal after the need for it is gone. We continue to remember the sensation as it was, not how it is now that it is better. This hyper-stimulation is what causes the pathway to continue to be ”fired”. If you have endured chronic pain, studies show that it is probably because of hyper-stimulation of central neuronal pathways which has led to neuropathological remodeling, which means a “mind-loop” has been created for the sensation of pain to exist within.

Hypnosis does what medications cannot. It actually shuts down the “mind-loop” where the sensation of pain exists so that the stimulation mechanism shuts down. People have been successfully helped with the use of hypnosis for pain from surgeries, sports injuries, and even the pain and lesions caused by chemotherapy, all of which are very “physical”. If you would like more information on how hypnosis might return the money that’s been rushing out of your company’s bank account, please contact me.

Dr. Edward Lewellen is a Master Executive Coach, leadership and sales expert, and keynote speaker for some of the largest global organizations.

Author of The 90-Second Mind Manager