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I am an Advanced SIRPA TMS Practitioner / Chronic Pain and Stress Illness Specialist treating patients face to face, as well as via skype/ telephone

TMS is and acronym for Tension Myoneural Syndrome, sometimes still referred to as Tension Myositis Syndrome which was the name originally coined by Dr John Sarno MD who is the founder of this syndrome.

The concept is based around the pain being and feeling very real but rather than being a physical problem as it may feel it is actually a 
Psycho-Physiological Pain Disorder (PPD).

SIRPA’s approach focuses on actual recovery, rather than treating or managing the pain. It involves an educational, evidence-based and self-empowering approach to help individuals identify and acknowledge the underlying causes of their pain while also developing nerve pathways that allow a pain free, healthy life. Because the nerve pathways involved in chronic pain are reversible, full recovery is possible, irrespective of the pain’s severity or duration. Our treatment approach focuses on four main areas: Education, Emotions, Behaviour and Lifestyle.  All of these play a significant role in not just enabling individuals to resolve chronic pain and other persistent conditions, but in becoming more stress resilient, emotionally intelligent and able to live a healthy, active life moving forwards.

Have an initial SIRPA assessment with me to help you gain a better understanding of the links and triggers for your pain.
If you require ongoing support following this assessment you can choose to continue to work with me to guide and motivate you, while helping you overcome any challenges you face along the way.

Are you fed up with your pain?

Once we have ruled out physically damaging conditions such as cancer and autoimmune diseases, most cases of persistent or recurrent pain (‘chronic pain’) are caused by the brain rather than something wrong with the part of the body that hurts. We now understand that the brain can learn to do this as a way of protecting us from unresolved emotional turmoil, past or present. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘maladaptive stress response’. The nerve pathways that connect the brain with the site of pain can become learned and persistently active, especially when conventional treatments address only the pain symptoms and not the underlying emotional cause.

Are you currently just 'managing' your pain or symptoms listed below? Find out how you can eradicate them with my support

Read just a few of the many other success stories by clicking onto the SIRPA website Here

Evidence suggests that many of the illnesses / pain symptoms we experience can be due to emotional stress and unhealthy emotional content that we internalise such as Anger, Rage, Frustration, Hurt, Fear, Worry, Anxiety, Confusion and Guilt these often occur when our own emotional needs are not met in some way. This emotional content can manifest itself in many areas of the body often leading to chronic / repetitive conditions.

"What The Mind Possesses The Body Expresses"
                                                                  Ron Eslinger

When we feel 'hurt or painful' thoughts in our mind, but do not express them, our bodies find a way to express them for us. This is because the mind and the body are intrinsically linked.

Relationship Problems, Family Concerns, Financial Concerns, Spiritual Disconnection, Job / Work Stress. These are just a few of our life areas that can get knocked and cause us to feel unhappy - the effect can be a manifestation of physical symptoms.
 How Symptoms Protect Us

What is stress?

Simply put stress is: "Facing a situation where you feel the demands outweigh your resources to cope successfully". When we are stressed, we commonly feel an uncomfortable emotion, some of which can become suppressed and repressed. These emotions and tension then begin to generate from the unconscious mind, producing symptoms in our body. These symptoms distract us away from what it is that is really bothering us.

Specific emotions that cause stress:

Are you feeling unhappy, overwhelmed, resentful, fearful, trapped, rejected or powerless in some way and not fully expressing or acknowledging it? 

Are you overly responsible, perfectionistic, competitive, controlling, ambitious, self critical or do you over analyse things? Are you overly dependent on others?

Perhaps you are aware of underlying feelings of frustration, anger, rage, hurt sadness, confusion or guilt?

We all react differently to the events and circumstances of our lives, some people may experience depression or bouts of anger or turn to drink when they are not happy, many others internalize their feelings and because of this experience ongoing pain / symptoms as listed below.

SIRPA Patient Information Leaflet

Self Induced Pressures:
These are often at the root of our stress illness / chronic pain problem. Many of these we will not even be aware of, but they may well be bubbling away under the surface. Think of your pain/symptom as an emotional barometer.

"Your Biography Becomes Your Biology"
                              Caroline Myss 

Common Self Induced Pressures
Bottling  up / suppressing emotions of frustration, anger, fear, hurt, upset etc
Low self esteem
The need to be good / liked / approved of
Having an overly analytical nature 
Being highly driven
Being a perfectionist
Having high expectations and standards of self / others
Being self critical
Being too conscientious
Being overly responsible
Feeling overwhelmed with responsibility
Being resentful
Being competitive
Feeling guilty
Having difficulty making decisions

Personality Traits
Being highly sensitive
Feeling shy / cautious
Difficulty in expressing thoughts and feelings
Harbouring anger / frustration / rage / resentment
Being a worrier
Being fearful, e.g. fear of rejection, fear of failure etc
Worrying about what other people think of you
Being non confrontational
Not standing up for yourself
Being overly dependent on others
Needing to be in control
Having difficulty letting things go 
Being tenacious

Common Stress Illnesses, also known as Psycho-physiological Disorders addressed on my Stress Illness Recovery Programme:

Back / Neck Pain (including pain which you may have been told is being caused by a prolapsed disc or trapped nerve) 
Shoulder Pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Thigh / Hip Pain
Knee Pain
Foot / Ankle Pain (Including Plantar Fasciitis) 
Complex Regional Pain Disorder (CRPD)
TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome)
Trigeminal Neuralgia
Tension Headaches
Stomach and Bowels
Abdominal Pain
Ulcer Symptoms
Hiatus Hernia / Heartburn / Acid Reflux           
IBS / Colitis
Unexplained Pelvic Pain
Unexplained Frequent Urination

Skin and Hair

Heart and Lungs
Unexplained Chest Pain

Difficulty Swallowing
Frequent Infections
Dizziness / Vertigo
Food Sensitivity
M.E / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Mental Health Equivalents
Obsessive Compulsive Thoughts / Behaviour (OCD)
Eating Obsessions 
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
Panic Attacks
Self Harm or Self Cutting
Low Mood Depression

It is not unusual for a person to develop one symptom and then to notice as this clears up they develop a different symptom. This is because the manifestation of 'tension' (repressed & suppressed emotions) can move around the body, showing up first in one place and then in another as a stress illness equivalent. For example, a person may have suffered from IBS when they were younger, then as that appeared to clear up, they developed back pain or panic attacks. Many people also have a combination of symptoms at the same time, for example fibromyalgia and tension headaches, or neck pain and eating obsessions. 

Our innate personality and also our life experiences to date will shape our thoughts, feelings and behaviour which will in turn have an affect on our stress response.  Everything we experience right from a young age is held in our memory. Past experiences that have left us feeling hurt, angry or traumatised in some way can leave their mark and these stress memories can build up throughout our life time. Even if we think we have dealt with them, often subconsciously we haven't completely. On top of this every day life's challenges for example problems at work or at home, relationship problems, financial concerns and negative emotions manifest themselves in our body as listed above as we generate day to day inner tension. 

There is also something to be aware of called the Conditioned Response. This is anything that automatically seems to trigger your symptoms or pain. These may be things that you are actively aware of consciously, but can also be due to' triggers' that you are unaware of on a conscious level and therefore subconscious. Usually it is due to a combination of both conscious and subconscious.

Conscious Triggers can be:  The time of day, a belief due to something that someone has told you or carrying out an activity which you fear.
For example perhaps you have developed a fear of bending forward because the last time you did this your back went into spasm. The next time you go to bend forward, even before you bend, you are already most likely tensing up your muscles and telling yourself fearful thoughts, worried that the same thing will happen again with no actual evidence that it will.

Subconscious Triggers can be: A specific person, a place, an activity, a deep routed belief, a painful repressed or negative memory.  Perhaps you have noticed that whenever you are with a certain person or in an environment where you do not feel so confident, relaxed or happy your symptoms increase.

Treating patients in this field has come about from the work of an MD called John Sarno, a professor of clinical rehabilitation medicine, who termed this condition as TMS (Tension Myoneural Syndrome). It is his work that has catapulted specialist programmes such as SIRPA to exist. This year John Sarno retires and a special book has been produced. This is made up of a number of 'Thank You' stories from people who have become pain free. Often reading other's stories can be the most helpful way of changing your mindset away from conditioned thinking to understanding how psycho-physiology can cause pain. The question people ask me more than anything else is 'How can such intense pain be caused by my own emotions surely it has to be physical or structural'. Remember your pain is real, it is not in your head, but it is manifesting from emotionally induced content such as that described above. 
To read 'Thank You' stories from this book CLICK HERE   

To watch an excellent video explanation of the minds relationship to pain and how our thoughts and feelings affect us on a psycho-phsiological level by Howard Schubiner MD CLICK HERE

To purchase an excellent book entitled The Great Pain Deception by Seven Ray Ozanich, explaining TMS, Chronic Pain and Stress Illness CLICK HERE

By dealing with the 'Root Cause' of what is bothering you in life both consciously and subconsciously your stress illness can greatly dissipate and more often then not clear up altogether!

If you are struggling with a chronic stress illness or painful condition, having ruled out a fracture, cancer, tumour etc and you are open to believing there is an emotional connection, plus if you recognise some of the listed self induced pressures and  personality traits in yourself, there is a strong chance that I can help you eradicate your stress symptoms altogether in just five sessions. 

"The snake bite doesn't kill you, it’s the venom that does, it's what's inside" Wayne Dyer

Further information can be found by visiting the Full SIRPA Website 

Please note that this programme does not involve hypnotherapy, although this can be added on as a way of resolving and addressing deeply routed, suppressed and repressed emotions

Why settle for learning to 'manage' your pain when you can learn to eradicate it!

No Risks, No Side Effects, No Dependency On Treating Professionals!

Self referrals seen at Lily House Consulting Rooms 
London E18              

Hospital Consultant referrals seen at Harley Street Central London W1

Take the first step towards getting better today by calling me to find out more.
Free no obligation telephone consultation    07984 011429   

Louise Levy SIRPA Pain and Stress Illness Specialist 
Covering London and The South East      

To watch a video of a past patient talking about her experience  CLICK HERE

How to help yourself:

How to get better and stay better:

1. Think psychological. Take a leap of faith and change your mind set. For many people this is the hardest part. Remind yourself that the pain you are feeling is not structural / physical. This does not mean the pain is all in your head. The pain is real but it is being caused by minor emotional trauma and does not necessarily have a structural or physical cause at all, despite what you may have been told or see on a scan etc.

2. Ask yourself: What is going on in my life right now that I am not handling too well and not fully allowing myself to feel? Recognize how you are allowing the circumstances or specific people in your life to affect you through your own personality, thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

3. Become aware of your own individual triggers. Our minds are incredibly powerful beasts. Begin to practice positive self talk. When you notice you are fearful of doing a certain activity or being in a certain situation or with certain people, notice what you can say to yourself to help yourself. This takes practice to gradually break what we call 'The Conditioned Response'

4. Musculoskeletal pain Remind yourself that you are not going to do any structural damage or make your symptoms worse. See it as a challenge that you are going to overcome in small steps as you work towards resuming your physical fitness without fear. Read about the discrepancies of MRI scans

5. Make a mental note. Scan down the list of common stress illnesses on this page. Identify your own personal, susceptible areas from both past and current symptoms. Remember it is common for symptoms to change or move around the body.
Read about inconsistencies of symptoms HERE

This programme is extremely self empowering. Best of all unlike conventional treatment, there are:

No Risks!

No Side Effects From Drugs!

No Dependency On Treating Professionals!

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