Complementary medicine at the Centre for Pain Medicine
At the Centre for Pain Medicine, we offer complementary medical treatments such as hypnosis, acupuncture and neural therapy. These treatments can be administered individually or combined with other pain therapy procedures.
Chinese body acupuncture in line with TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) To get an idea of how acupuncture works, we must first consider how the Chinese view human health: according to the Chinese, our entire bodies are pulled by a network of channels (meridians) through which the Qi (life force), with its “yin” and "yang”, flows. By stimulating certain points on these meridians, we can regulate the flow of energy in our bodies.
Application areas for acupuncture and neural therapy:
The indications (application areas) for acupuncture are extremely varied.
Research has shown that acupuncture is best suited for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and psychovegetative disorders. Neural therapy is primarily used when musculoskeletal pain becomes chronic.
Ear acupuncture = auriculotherapy
Auriculotherapy was developed by the French physician Paul Nogier. In the ear, the entire human body is represented on the smallest of scales, in the form of reactive points which are permanently connected to the body’s topography and functions.
YNSA = Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture
YNSA is a stand-alone acupuncture method developed by the Japanese physician Toshikatsu Yamamoto in the 1960s. There are five basic points that are related to each specific part of the body. These points are the bases for the YNSA acupuncture method.
NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association)
The NADA protocol is a standardised ear acupuncture procedure. It was developed in New York in the 1970s by a team led by Michael Smith. In the beginning, the procedure was used to treat heroin addicts. But recently it has been shown that this method, which is now used in psychosomatic institutions across the world, is also extremely helpful in treating depression and anxiety disorders.
Neural therapy is a treatment method which takes advantage of the characteristics of the autonomic nervous system to help relieve pain. A precise injection of a small amount of local anaesthetic in a specific location can activate the body’s self-regulating functions and thus allow for self-healing to begin. Neural therapy is an effective, low-risk, comprehensive treatment option.
Hypnotherapy is a common and effective type of treatment. Throughout history, one of the most important functions of hypnosis has been to help people to manage pain. Hypnosis is used to achieve a modified state of consciousness (the so-called “hypnotic trance”) which can, at times, bring about profound physiological and psychic changes in the patient. Modern hypnotherapy is a procedure that focuses on the abilities of patients. During hypnotherapy, the patient’s reservoir of positive experiences, latent coping strategies and individual strengths are activated by way of hypnotic techniques, and used to help patients gain control of their physical and mental problems.
At the Centre for Pain Medicine, chronic pain can be treated in certain cases with hypnotherapy, as well as our other treatment options. In these cases, our hypnotherapeutic techniques seek to alleviate symptoms and help patients to both gain greater mastery over their pain and develop their ability to relax.
Application areas for hypnosis in our clinic:
- teaching patients how to process and manage chronic pain
- helping patients to withdraw from medications
- developing the ability of patients to relax