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Pain Relief

Dr Sue Peacock can bring new hope to chronic pain sufferers combining her 20 years of experience working in NHS and private pain clinics using techniques appropriate for you.

Chronic pain is more than just pain! It may cause depression, fatigue and low self- esteem. It can also affect relationships, work and activities of daily living. Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), hypnotherapy, biofeedback, relaxation and SIRPA approaches are all used as non-evasive treatment to connect body and mind to provide pain relief.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

CBT provides pain relief; firstly it changes the thoughts, emotions, behaviours and coping strategies related to pain, putting the pain in a better context. CBT also changes the physical response from the brain related to the pain by managing stress. Pain and stress are a vicious circle; stress affects the chemicals in our brain which control pain, so by reducing the arousal which impacts on these chemicals making our own pain relief response more powerful.


Hypnotherapy is a set of techniques that minimizes our usual distractions and increases our responsiveness to suggestions to alter our thoughts, feelings, behaviour or physiological state relating to pain and our response to it.

Relaxation Therapy

Relaxation therapy is helpful in assisting with pain relief. When we are in pain our bodies tense up causing more pain and continuing the stress, tension, fear pain cycle. When we are mentally relaxed we become more physically relaxed.

Biofeedback Neurostimulation

Sanakey is the latest development in personal pain relief therapy which uses biofeedback neurostimulation. The Sanakey provides direct therapeutic effect at the point of pain and also activates the natural defences of the body, making it an extremely effective pain relief device. Find out more about Sanakey

SIRPA approach to pain

This approach focuses on actual recovery, rather than treating or managing the pain. It involves an evidence-based, educational and self-empowering approach to help the individual identify and acknowledge the underlying emotional causes of their pain, and ‘unlearn’ the corresponding maladaptive nerve pathways. Because these nerve pathways are reversible, full recovery is possible, irrespective of the pain’s severity or duration. Find out more about SIRPA

Psychologist in Bedford and Milton Keynes

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