Steve is a 50 year old alarm fitter. He generally works for large companies rather than houses and often finds himself on building sites as new buildings are being fitted out. Steve’s job frequently involves climbing up and down ladders.

Around 12 months ago Steve did something that caused a lot of pain in his ankle. He can’t recall how he did it but it was whilst at work on a building site. At the time time, although in lot of pain, like many workmen he just carried on. After a few days the pain hadn’t let up, and it was interfering with his sleep so he went to his GP. His GP was unable to find what was wrong so prescribed Steve some Co-codamol and said to return if it hadn’t got any better after a couple of weeks.

Well the pain never did get any better and the Co-codamol didn’t do much to relieve the pain but being self-employed, Steve was reluctant to go back to the doctor as it would have meant time out and not being paid. So for the past year he has just lived with this constant, nagging pain.

Then Steve heard from a friend how I had helped with a back problem and so came to see me to see if I could help.

Steve’s expectations

Steve’s expectations were fairly low and didn’t really understand how talking to him, in or out of trance, could help with a physical issue.


When I met Steve the first thing I did was to see where his pain level was on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the worst), this would give an indication later of how successful I had been.

I then spent some time with Steve finding out about his injury and explaining how pain is created by the brain as a kind of alarm. I explained to him that the subconscious creates the pain signal and I asked him if he thought the pain was still serving any useful purpose. He was quite adamant that it wasn’t, and so we moved on to the next part of the process.

At this point I asked Steve to stand up and I showed him a physical sign for ‘Yes’ (a slight rock forward on the balls of his feet) that I wanted his subconscious mind to give him throughout the next part of the session. I asked Steve not to consciously aid or obstruct this sign form his subconscious mind and then asked his subconscious mind to give him the ‘Yes’ signal – sure enough Steve rocked forward slightly. I then proceeded to talk directly to his subconscious mind explaining that rather than helping Steve as I know it wanted to, by keeping sending that pain signal the subconscious mind was actually causing him discomfort and doing harm. After a bit more talking to Steve’s subconscious mind I asked if it would be willing to remove that pain signal. Steve’s subconscious mind gave the ‘Yes’ signal and so I instructed it remove all the old, unhelpful pain signals relating to his injury and to give Steve another ‘Yes’ signal when it had finished.

After a few minutes Steve rocked forward slightly again and so I asked him to open his eyes and take a seat. I then spent a few more minutes talking to Steve and then asked him to stand up and tell me, on that scale of 1 to 10 how his ankle felt now.


At the beginning of our session is pain level was 7 out of 10, now less than hour later Steve’s pain was down to 1 out of 10, he could feel some tingling in his toes but the pain had gone.

This is what Steve had to say at the time: ‘I had suffered from chronic pain in my ankle for over a year. One consultation with Mark has left me near pain free. I was very sceptical about hypnotherapy, but not any more!’

A week later I got a message from Steve saying that the pain had now gone entirely and even the tingling feeling had since disappeared. He was still aware that he had an issue with his ankle but there was no pain or discomfort.

This is his subconscious mind working as it should – there is no pain but there is an awareness so that he doesn’t aggravate it.


*There is a bit more to the process than I have explained here but I am a trained practitioner of this method and in the wrong hands it could do more harm than good.

Case Study – Chronic Pain
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