Breaking the Pills Cycle- How to Manage Chronic Pain Without Medication

affirmations hypnosis helps subconcious mind May 03, 2023

Are you tired of relying on medications to manage your chronic pain, only to be met with uncomfortable side effects or hefty price tags? Well, we have some good news for you - there are alternative methods to relieve pain and improve your quality of life.

Chronic pain can negatively impact your life, both physically and mentally. It makes daily tasks and activities such as walking and standing unbearable. Additionally, it may lead to emotional distress, such as stress, anxiety, and depression. 

While medications can provide effective relief, they aren't always sustainable, and some can be highly addictive. But with the right tools and knowledge, you can break free from the pill cycle and find long-term relief.

Whether you suffer from chronic headaches, backaches, or any other type of pain, we've got you covered. In this article, we'll explore some non-medication-based methods to manage your pain and improve your overall well-being. And even if you still need to rely on medication for your condition, these methods can be used as complementary treatments for even better results.

But first, let's delve a little deeper into the world of chronic pain.

What Is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain refers to pain that has lasted for more than three months since you first experienced it. 

Chronic pain affects more than 1.5 billion people worldwide. It may also cause other conditions too, such as depression, anxiety, fatigue, and poor life quality.

Some of the causes of chronic pain include:


When an injury occurs, the body’s natural response is to initiate a healing process. The process involves inflammation, which can cause pain, redness, and swelling in the affected area. In some cases, the pain must persist long after the injury has healed due to changes in the nervous system. 

Medical Conditions

Some medical conditions directly affect the nerves or tissues in the body, leading to chronic pain. Others cause pain indirectly by triggering an inflammatory response, leading to chronic pain. 

Below are some of these conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathy
  • Cancer

Nerve Damage

Nerve fibers transmit signals from the body to the brain, where they are interpreted as sensations such as pain, temperature, and touch. When nerve fibers are damaged or injured, they can send abnormal signals to the brain, resulting in chronic pain.


While inflammation is usually a temporary response that helps the body heal, chronic inflammation can lead to chronic pain. This may happen as a result of persistent tissue damage, nerve irritation, and autoimmune conditions. 

Medication-Free Techniques to Get Relief from Chronic Pain 

Below are some of the techniques you can adopt to get relief from chronic pain.


Hypnosis targets the mind-body connection, helping to reduce stress and anxiety that worsen chronic pain symptoms.

It has been proven to offer relief to people with chronic pain, making it a safe and effective medication alternative.

Contrary to what many people believe, hypnosis does not convince someone that their pain does not exist. Instead, it helps them manage any fear, stress, or anxiety related to the pain. That, in turn, relaxes the nervous system, making it less reactive to pain.

And the best thing about hypnosis is that it does not use any medications or invasive medical procedures. It is completely natural, which saves you from addictive medications and the negative side effects it comes with. 

In addition, it can be used alongside other important modalities, such as physical therapy or acupuncture, or as a stand-alone practice. There is very few circumstances in which hypnosis could not be beneficial.  

There are several hypnotic techniques that are used to reduce chronic pain. These include:


The relaxation technique is one of the most commonly used techniques in hypnosis for chronic pain relief. During this technique, your hypnotist will guide you through a series of instructions to help you achieve calm. 

This process helps you become more aware of your body and relaxes the tension that may be contributing to your pain. With practice, this reconnects parts of the nervous system so that you perceive the messages differently, ultimately leading to more ease and comfort. 


The imagery technique is another commonly used technique in hypnosis for pain relief. During this technique, a hypnotist guides you through visualizations to help you focus on something positive or calming, such as a peaceful beach or a soothing waterfall. It becomes an activity that is easy to access instantly, making comfort arrive just as quickly as a thought can pop into your mind. 

By directing your attention away from your pain and towards a more pleasant experience, you may be able to reduce your pain levels. The imagery technique is usually tailored to your preferences  resulting in a customized approach to meet your specific desires.


A key to success with making any change is repetition. Affirmations are an easy way to remind the brain pathways that you are creating a new habit. In this case, a habit of comfort and ease.  During a hypnosis session, affirmations can be used to help reprogram the unconscious mind to focus on positive thoughts and helpful emotions.

Here are some examples of affirmations that can be useful l in managing chronic pain:

  • "I am strong and resilient, and I can handle whatever comes my way"
  • "I am grateful for my body and all that it does for me, I am more comfortable now "
  • "I am taking care of myself and doing everything I can to feel comfort and ease"
  • "I am breathing deeply and relaxing, which helps to increase oxygen and welcome calm "
  • "I am surrounded by love and support, which helps me to feel energized and relaxed”


The self-hypnosis technique allows you to induce a hypnotic state on your own, easily and effortlessly, in a matter of 30-60 seconds. Imagine how helpful that will be! A hypnotist can teach you how to guide yourself into a state of relaxation and focus, which can help you to get increasingly calm and more comfortable instantly. .

Self-hypnosis can be particularly helpful for people who experience chronic pain and need to manage it on a daily basis.

Chronic Pain That Can Be Managed Using Hypnosis

Some of the chronic pain conditions that have multiple studies to support using hypnosis include:

  • Back pain
  • Arthritis pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) pain
  • And More


Regular exercise is another effective method of reducing chronic pain. Indeed, there are circumstances with pain when it is best to rest. However, most of the time, that is no longer the case when the pain becomes chronic and lasts beyond 3-6 months.  

Inactivity has been associated with decreased mobility and strength, and muscle stiffness, which worsen chronic pain symptoms. And we understand how exercise increases levels of key neuro-modulators in our brain; namely endorphins, NMDA receptivity, and serotonin; all helping not just overall mood but also contributing to natural pain relief mechanisms in the body.

Exercise helps reduce inflammation, and increase mobility, decreasing overall pain levels.

However, consult your doctor before you start any exercise program. They will advise you accordingly, depending on the pain’s origin.

It’s also important to note that you may experience muscle soreness after exercising, especially when starting out. However, such pain should subside as you get used to the new activities.

Some of the exercises that may be recommended by your practitioner include:

  • Strength training

  • Motor control exercise

  • Aerobics

  • Stretching

Physical Therapy

Some of the pain relief techniques used in physical therapy include:

Ultrasound Therapy

Ultrasound therapy is a type of treatment that uses high-frequency sound waves to help reduce pain and inflammation. 

TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation )

A tens unit machine sends electrical pulses to targeted body parts to reduce pain. These pulses create temporary or permanent pain relief, controlling pain in the body. 

Cold And Heat Treatment

Cold and heat therapy are two common treatments used to manage chronic pain. They are non-invasive, relatively inexpensive, and can be done easily at home. Here's how each therapy works:

Heat Therapy

Heat therapy is used to increase blood flow and relax muscles. When heat is applied to a painful area, it can help to improve circulation and provide temporary relief from pain. 

Heat can be especially helpful for people with chronic pain conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, or chronic back pain.

You can apply heat therapy in a number of ways, such as using a hot water bottle or a heating pad or taking a warm bath or shower. 

You should apply the heat for 20-30 minutes at a time, several times a day. Be sure to wrap the heat source in a towel or use a protective cover to avoid burns.

Cold Therapy

Cold therapy is used to reduce inflammation and numb pain. When cold is applied to a painful area, it can help to constrict blood vessels and decrease swelling. This can be especially helpful for people with chronic pain conditions such as muscle strains, sprains, or joint injuries.

You can apply cold therapy in a number of ways, such as using a cold pack or ice wrapped in a towel. Apply the cold source for 10-20 minutes at a time, several times a day. Be sure to remove the cold source if you experience numbness or tingling.

Combining Heat and Cold Therapy

Combining heat and cold therapy can be a great way to manage chronic pain. You can alternate between heat and cold therapy to help improve blood flow, reduce inflammation, and provide pain relief

For example, you might apply heat therapy for 20 minutes, followed by cold therapy for 10 minutes. You can repeat this cycle several times a day.

It's important to note that heat and cold therapy may not provide immediate relief, but they can be effective in managing chronic pain over time. 

Other Professionals That Help Manage Pain

Other professionals that help manage chronic pain include:


Chiropractic care is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, with an emphasis on the spine. Chiropractic adjustments involve manipulating the spine or other joints in the body to improve mobility, reduce pain, and improve overall function.


Acupuncturists insert needles on specific body parts for pain management. The needles provide pain relief by rebalancing the body's energy, making it release natural chemicals that fight pain symptoms. 


Herbalists use natural plants such as ginger, eucalyptus, aloe vera, and turmeric to help their patients get relief from chronic pain. These plants stimulate the body’s immune system, aiding pain relief. 

Massage Therapists

Massage therapists use massage techniques to offer pain relief. Massages increase blood flow and release endorphins, interrupting the pain cycle. They also decrease muscle tension, easing chronic pain symptoms. 

Wrapping Up

Chronic pain can wreak havoc on your life. It causes significant discomfort and affects the quality of life. If you are suffering from chronic pain, using medications is not the only way to get relief. 

Managing pain requires a multi-faceted approach that goes beyond relying solely on medications. While there are various methods available, such as hypnosis, heat and cold treatment, and exercising, among others, it's clear that individuals need to use multiple approaches to find comfort and restore their personal ability to relax. 

By utilizing these methods, individuals can avoid the negative side effects, addiction, and high costs that come with medications. 

Moreover, these methods bring pain control to the person through their own mind-body connection, highlighting the power of the body and mind to work together for optimal health and well-being.

Is chronic pain stealing your joy and preventing you from living your best life? I’m here to help you. 

My name is Christy,  a hypnotist passionate about helping people find relief from chronic pain. After spending over two decades in anesthesiology practice, pain is an area I really see benefit from mind-body connection, specifically what hypnosis can offer. 

Through the use of hypnosis, I help my clients to reprogram their unconscious minds, release stress and anxiety, and cultivate a sense of calm and relaxation that can have a powerful impact on their pain levels.

If you are struggling with chronic pain, I invite you to book a discovery call with me to learn more about how my services can benefit you. 

Together, we find the tools and techniques that help you find lasting relief from your pain and improve your overall quality of life.


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