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Persistent Pain & Chronic Pain Syndrome


Chronic Pain Syndrome is a chronic pain condition that develops after an injury and continues even after it has healed.


Dr Brian Kaplan on Persistent Pain & Chronic Pain Syndrome

This diagnosis suggests a condition where the cause of a persistent and severe pain cannot be treated by conventional medicine and that you have been told that not much can be done besides managing your pain with various painkillers.

Stress Management and Self-Hypnosis

The key to my approach to chronic pain is deep relaxation and self-hypnosis. It’s well known that some people, employing hypnosis, are able to tolerate the severe pain caused by the dental drill on their teeth without the use of local anaesthetics. This has been recorded on film many times.

I do not hypnotise patients in chronic pain but teach them Autogenic Therapy, a method of achieving profound relaxation. When they have achieved a degree of mastery over this I teach them a form of self-hypnosis aimed specifically at reducing their pain.


Classical Homeopathy

I will always consider the prescription of a homeopathic remedy to suit both the pain itself and the patient as a whole.

Mechanical Factors

If the pain is musculoskeletal, I will make sure that you get a full osteopathic assessment and organise therapeutic manipulation if appropriate.


Acupuncture is sometimes effective at reducing chronic pain. At the New Medicine Group we have at least two acupunturists and if I think a referral to one of them is appropriate, this can easily be arranged.

Multidisciplinary Approach

Chronic Pain Syndrome is a complex disorder that can be very disheartening and disabling for the patient. In some complex cases it’s not immediately clear what approach might yield the best result. The practitioners of the New Medicine Group have weekly interdisciplinary meetings where we discuss complex cases such as patients suffering from chronic pain. You may be invited to attend such a meeting where specialists in different fields can ask you questions and discuss possible treatment plans with you.


Experiencing Provocative Therapy

Provocative Therapy has had a significant and ongoing impact on me. The session itself forced to the surface a few truths about myself and my life which I had previously been reluctant to admit to myself. That I found helpful and enlightening. However the real shock came when I watched myself on film afterwards. I was rather dreading having to view myself, especially in such an open and vulnerable position. But nothing prepared me for the shock I had when I firstswitched on the tape. For the first time, I think ever, I was able to view myself objectively. It was not like looking in the mirror or seeing myself on film; never before had I seen myself interact naturally like that. I was surprised how pertinent the contradiction was between the idea I had of myself and how I really appeared. This initial jolt certainly had the most impact but now I’m grateful to have the film so that I can revisit it whenever I need to. Each time it’s almost like going through another session. It forces me toreally look at myself and listen to what I’m saying and to understand that there is a difference between my own, often warped perspective, and the truth in front of me. Louisa Gamon - London