Questions and Answers
Please note: This does not constitute medical advice nor is it a substitute for it. You must have been diagnosed by a medical professional who has prescribed or advised pain relief. An OldPain2Go Pain Review Session will help you access the part of your mind that deals with your own healing processes and ask for it to review your pain messages. It is not a treatment, it is a non-medical intervention of self work.
Q. Are there any published Scientific Studies?
Answer. The first study on OldPain2Go® was an independent outside assesment, a collaboration of Teesside University, Newcastle University and Norton Therapy Centre in 2019. This was an initial feasibility study of the technique using 22 participants with a one year history of low back pain. The results were very encouraging and a paper has been published in the Pain and Rehabilitation - The Journal of The Physiotherapy Pain Association; Volume 53 Issue 1 2023. The second study has been approved by Teesside University Ethics Committee. This will be a randomised controlled trial involving a larger sample of patients. The biggest development is that the university is in discussions to collaborate with a local hospital trust for a fully funded, even larger randomised controlled trial, delivered by their physiotherapists trained in OldPain2Go®. This involves a bidding process for £250,000 to fund the study.
Q. Can you demonstrate what results your clients have?
Answer. All results are individual and only relate to the person giving feedback. We have put together a page of OldPain2Go® Anecdotal Result Data where you can see the in-house analysis of 216 feedback forms from volunteers at events, who recorded their own personal experiences and perceptions of changes of pain levels. There is also a link to a substantial amount of Client Testimonial Videos.
Q. What does the medical profession think of it?
Answer. I have trained Doctors, Psychologists, Physiotherapists and Neurologists to be Practitioners in OldPain2Go®. These are the ones open minded enough to try new things and expand their experience.
Q. Does it work?
Answer. Yes it can with a client who is positively wanting to be pain-free.
Q. Is this a Pain Management technique?
Answer. No. Pain management is about ongoing effort and rarely leaves you free of pain.
Q. What can I expect?
Answer. Your pain is unique to you and so is your perception of its level. At the end of a review session you may have a change in that perception to record one of three things: Zero Pain, Reduced Pain or, No Change.
Q. Does it work on any pain?
Answer. The review may bring about changes regardless of the original cause, providing there isn't still a need for it to be retained at that level. If there is still a medical reason to keep the pain then your unconscious will not fully release it.
Q. Do I need to be in pain until that part is completely healed?
Answer. No. Pain is a message that once it has alerted you to the problem, and you have done all you can, it is usually no longer needed. Think of a fire alarm, once the fire is out, the alarm bell gets switched off as the alarm is reset. Making it alert again for new fires once the initial fire is out, even if it has caused damage! Our pain is usually noticeably lower as we start to heal so that we can notice a pain message indicating if it isn't healing.
Q. I am on really strong painkillers, can an OldPain2Go® Pain Review Session help me?
Answer. Yes, it may. Just think about this for a moment, if you are prescribed strong pain tablets or injections that is the medical profession saying that the pain is not necessary! Pain killers do not stop the pain message being sent out they simply interfere with it reaching the part of the body where it is intended to indicate a problem.
Q. I have a lifelong condition can the pain go?
Answer. Yes it may. The old pain message has done its job and alerted you and the medical profession to the problem. If that old pain message was no longer perceivable it will allow new pain to arrive as is needed to alert you to a new problem or a worsening condition.
Q. I have a deteriorating condition, how will it work on that?
Answer. In cases of deteriorating conditions, your medical practitioner likely conducts regular assessments of the affected area. Think of OldPain2Go® as pressing the reset button on a fire alarm. Your body recognizes the past damage from the old incident and can reset the alarm, silencing it for now. It will automatically sound again if there's deterioration or any new danger.
Q. Why does my pain get worse and require ever stronger pain relief?
Answer. When pain is first triggered it forms a neural pathway in your brain, which fades quickly if the pain is short term. However, if the pain continues it builds up an increasingly stronger neural connection almost like a neural motorway. This is the same way we learn to run things automatically. Unfortunately, we are learning the wrong thing. Pain does not have an end date stamped on it, and it may "forget" to re-evaluate or turn off. There is also an issue with sensitivity to pain that it builds over time. However, the brain has neuroplasticity and can change rapidly to new circumstances and understanding.
Q. I have put up with this pain for many years, how could it go in just minutes?
Answer. The longer you have had the pain, the more likely it is that it no longer serves a purpose, you are aware of it, nothing can be done (medically) and your doctor prescribes pain relief. These are all signs that the old pain message is redundant. All that is required is for your unconscious to be convinced that it no longer serves a purpose and it will change its opinion over needing that old pain.
Q. How often do I need treatment?
Answer. Typically this is a once only session for that old pain. It works by you asking for the old pain messages to be stopped, therefore, it should not return, just as a deleted answer phone message cannot be played again and the tape is cleared to accept new messages. A second session would usually only be wanted if the first session didn't produce a result you are satisfied with, or the Practitioner feels there may be further opportunities for improvement.
Q. I have many different sources of pain, do I need a separate session for each one?
Answer. No, the practitioner may help you deal with all issues at the same time or tackle the most problematic pain issue first and then ask for the others issues to do likewise. It may take more time so the practitioner should be made aware in advance so as to allow sufficient time for your session.
Q. I have Fibromyalgia, will it work for me?
Answer. OldPain2Go® is not a medical treatment or a cure for any illness or ailment, it is simply helping your brain and body to have a reassessment of the unconscious processes that decides on the need for pain and the level of it. Having Fibromyalgia is a condition where the message is usually still required because you are trying to ignore the pain or work through it. We can help you change that. Please read here Steven Blake's personal explanation of how he thinks the illness starts and what you need to do to be released from it.
Q. What if there is still a reason to keep the pain?
Answer. Quite simply the brain will not switch off a pain message where it is of the opinion it is still needed, because it would be unsafe to do so. The same reason you don't take the battery out of a smoke alarm.
Q. What reasons or circumstances will stop it from working?
Answer. Providing you are of sound mind and rational - not under the influence of mind-altering drugs or alcohol, it may work for you - except where there is more reason to keep the pain than to lose it. Whilst you will gain a better quality of life from being pain-free there are things you may also lose, such as; state benefits, sympathy, help, support, and reasons to not go to places - or do things you don't want. Whilst consciously you may deny that any of these influence you, it is your unconscious that decides on the balance of being in pain, or pain-free. It is most important you are honest and open with anyone helping you.
Q. Surely if it numbs an area that would be dangerous if a new injury occurred?
Answer. Yes, it would, but it doesn't numb the area, it just reassess the old pain message allowing new pain to come as and when necessary. Holding on to old pain is just as bad as the problem of numbing an area, it means new pain might not be noticed and acted upon.
Q. Why would it only reduce the pain instead of stopping it?
Answer. This is usually a restriction placed there by your thoughts and beliefs. If you think being pain-free would lead to causing more damage or that you would forget you had a problem - that would cause it to only reduce the pain instead of ceasing to send out the pain message. Sometimes people see X Rays or scan results, so convince themselves they could not possibly be pain-free with that amount of damage. Hopefully, your practitioner can talk you out of that!
Q. Could I bring the old pain back?
Answer. We will instruct you on use of language and internal thoughts. If you keep looking for the pain you have lost it could convince your unconscious to give you pain again. Also, our exaggerations can intensify pain or make it seem too much of a problem to remove. Take the phrase "this pain is killing me" and you can see that is never true but it will affect how you feel.
Q. My pain comes from a very traumatic event, does that make it harder to get rid of?
Answer. Yes, it may, but not necessarily. Sometimes the pain is a message to not do that thing again. This is why if we fall off something we are told to get back on right away so that we don't develop a safety program that will continue to hurt us in order to protect us from greater harm. Speak to your therapist who may have other skills to help you over that trauma. OldPain2Go® also works on emotional pain so you must guide your therapist to the solution for you. Please forewarn them in advance if you believe you have strong emotional issues that may complicate the issue.
Q. Is it Hypnosis?
Answer. No. The process is the simple setting-up of a yes signal and a direct discussion you will have with your own unconscious under the guidance of a practitioner, no trance state is needed.
Q. Is it SAFE?
Answer. Yes totally. It works by the same internally processing of your unconscious that keeps you alive, runs your heart, your lungs and every other cell in your body. Together we just make it aware of that the pain is more of a problem than helping you. Your unconscious then makes the best choice for you. You can totally trust it because it has kept you alive all these years.
Q. Why isn't it well known?
Answer. People don't really seek out the help they don't know exists and are therefore cynical in trying it. Being able to become pain-free sounds and feels unbelievable long after you no longer feel any pain. It's a bit of a vicious circle when people don't take the opportunity because it seems like no-one else has! Steven's client's and most of his students hoped it would work but didn't really believe it could until they saw it happen, and then the students practised it on others and had the same results themselves.