Managing Pain – Interview with Doctor Leora Kuttner

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Dr Leora Kuttner

Dr Leora Kuttner, PhD is a pediatric clinical psychologist who specializes in children’s pain. She is a Clinical Professor in the Pediatric Department of the University of Briticsh Columbia and BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada.

Here, we talk about the techniques she uses to to help children manage their pain, and how these can be used to help adults as well.

Click the play icon on the interview below to listen to a talk we had about managing pain.

Summary

0:30 – What children do to cope with pain – very practical strategies they use including breathing, visualisation and hypnosis.

2:20 – Fear and breathing – how they are closely connected with pain

3:00 – Comfort as a way to turn your focus away from pain

4:15 – Mind body connection and pain perception, especially with chronic pain

6:00 – Healing and how this is natural for our bodies – a shift in perspective

7:00 – How different treatments work better for kids at different ages

8:41 – Hope, and how central it is in changing patterns to break the cycle of chronic pain

10:20 – Emotions and the important part they have in perceiving pain and helping healing.

Dr. Leora Kuttner is a Clinical Professor in the Pediatric Department of the University of Briticsh Columbia and BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada. Click here to read more about Dr. Leora Kuttner’s book – A Child in Pain

The video below is an excerpt form Dr. Leora Kuttner’s film on helping children control their pain – ‘No Fears, No Tears, 13 Years Later.

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patricia crossley March 30, 2010

Hi Jonathan, thank you for this interview on pain. I also specialise on chronic pain through hypnosis. Incidentally, you have a beautiful voice, you should make hypnosis CDs or audio books. Your sister also has a lovely voice.

best regards

patricia

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    Jonathan May 2, 2010

    Hi Patricia

    Thank you for your compliment. I have used hypnosis increasingly since I learned some techniques from Leora. It is a wonderful modality and works within the most important realm – the mind.

    Kind Regards
    Jonathan

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Paul June 7, 2010

thank you Jonathan , that was brilliant listening to your sister about pain, I’m just your normal joe blogg I’m involved in martial arts, when I suffer pain usually through training, I have found that mediation is a good process, to focus on the point of pain and think of pleasant thoughts that take the mind away from the area of pain. When I return from wherever (in thought) the pain isn’t as sore and becomes bearable. I call it self healing

Regards Paul

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    Jonathan June 10, 2010

    hi Paul

    I agree this is an excellent technique & it truly is self-healing. What you’re doing is is a very powerful tool which is your attention. This is like a searchlight inside the mind an incorrect comes to rest, it will give life to a thought or a sensation. So by moving your attention away from the pain you are starving it of life and therefore the pain shrinks.

    I am pleased that you enjoyed listening to Leora talk about pain, I agree she is brilliant.

    Kind regards
    Jonathan

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Adrianne June 21, 2010

This was inspriational, thank you. I have learnt so much and will enjoy reading Leora’s book. Thanks also for your generosity via your web page.

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    Jonathan June 23, 2010

    dear Adrianne
    I am so pleased you found it inspirational and has learnt a lot. I’m also delighted that you bought Leora’s book and I think you will find it fascinating reading. Keep up the good work.

    Kind regards
    Jonathan

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Viken Yeretzian July 24, 2010

Hi Jonathan:
Iam very pleased to listen and watch these wanderful recordings and indeed they will help me a lot in my practice of managing chronic pain.
Many thanks for your generosity in giving ideas and very practical informations.
Best Regards for you and your sister Leora,
Viken

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    Jonathan August 14, 2010

    hello Viken

    I certainly will pass your best regards onto my sister Leora. I am excited that you find the information useful in your practice of managing chronic pain. I have certainly found the same. There is a higher proportion of patients who will have trigger points either as a primary or, more commonly, a secondary cause of their ongoing pain. Treating the trigger points accurately often brings about significant pain relief. You can being teach them a home treatment which enhances the effect considerably.

    kind regards
    Jonathan

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      Dr Sheila L. Scott January 9, 2017

      Interesting about the children who’ve grown up with Leora’s philosophy of pain and their perspectives as adults. I would recommend as a licensed Florida AP (acupuncture physician) mother of 3 & grandmom to 6 and former teacher, that there are much more safe tools to demonstrate how a needle with anesthesia or IV pick would feel to reduce anxiety (with the Magic Glove.) You may find that tei shin is a wonderful safe way of finding trigger points without a pencil & more effective. My spouse as a child, was poked in the head with a lead pencil and suffered major headaches and acute anxiety from that’s. Dr Sheila Scott AP MSOM Dipl AC NCCAOM.

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Viken Yeretzian July 24, 2010

Dear Jonathan:
After reading the summery about the Leora’s book I decided to have it.
Regards,
Viken

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    Jonathan August 14, 2010

    dear Viken

    Excellent, I think it is a very fine book and gives a unique perspective on managing chronic pain, especially in children.

    kind regards
    Jonathan

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Valerie Hill July 27, 2010

I like you Jonathan. Your sincerity to help others deal with their pain is moving. I wish there were more people in the world with your genuine spirit of hope for those that are hurting.
Bless You!

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    Jonathan August 14, 2010

    dear Valerie

    Thank you so much.

    Kind regards
    Jonathan

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Rick February 28, 2011

Jonathan

Very inspiring, how I wish you were in the UK.

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Lee Banguilan April 17, 2011

Hi, how do I get in touch with Dr. Kuttner. Do you have her email address? I need to get in touch with her regarding the Child Anxiety and Pain Scale. Thanks.

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Linda Cohen May 12, 2011

This approach reminds me of a book I read that changed my approach to my pain: John Sarno, M.D. “Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection”. I myself always knew there was a Psychological component to my pain.

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Nicky June 9, 2011

I found both the interview and the short film extremely interesting. I have been using hypnosis for a year now and find it very helpful both with controling pain and aiding sleep. I did not understand why it worked, just that it did. The interview and film explained the reasons for this which very much helps me. When I understand things better i feel more in control of my illness and life

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Michelle Richards July 11, 2011

Thank you for this reminder of our bodies innate healing capacity. This information will help me in relation to my own health in staying positive and anticipating healing from chronic health conditions. I hope to feel better than I have ever felt in my entire life. This information will also help me in my work with people experiencing addiction who often have lost hope of recovery. By communicating my understanding of how positive action and hope can rewire the neural system, I may be able to pass on hope that my clients can in fact maintain new drug free lives.

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[…] Dr. Leora Kuttner, is one of the authors in this book, she has also written a book about managing pain. She made a  film on helping children control their pain – ‘No Fears, No Tears, 13 Years Later. […]

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Ms Dina Shah October 24, 2012

Dr Kuttner you are a Godsend! Thanks to you and your sister and the wonderful work both of you have been doing. I have had chronic pain for the last 28yrs due to fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, frozen shoulders etc but you have given me hope.
Thank you and God Bless You & Leora!

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Mitsco April 8, 2013

I can’t remember – was this a member’s only site or am I allowed to share this via my blog with others that happen to come by and visit? Your site/comments are wealth of information that I’d love to pass on to anyone else who cares to read.

Thanks for letting me know:)
Respectfully, M

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    Jonathan April 12, 2013

    Absolutely – please feel free to share this with anyone you think would benefit from it! All the best…

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dr Herbert Marvin May 22, 2013

Hello
I just listened to the presentation of pain in children Android their coping abilities both innate. Android taught. Where is.your sisters book available? Also I would be interested in your inducing sleep with out drugs.
Dr. Herbert Marvin

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Ellen Mackel August 17, 2013

Great information. Since discovering your ways to deal with trigger points my life has improved greatly. Thank you soooo much. A mere thank you does not seem enough.

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CAROL ANN MOSS August 18, 2015

i have dealt with cronic pay since 1990, it steam from a accitent i was involed with back in the day. i sure have had my fill of doctors writing perscription with sum relieve. but i have learn to always do reserch on any medical preoblems i have had to encounter because
honestly I am so sick of medication I so would love to be hypisos to have my mind shut down big time. i so look forward to any and all suggestion that you and your sister can open up to me. Thank you so much for thi video.i shore hope to see more like this fro the both you. i truly look forward to hear from you both agin. Untell then MAY GOD KEEP BESSING YOU BOTH WITH THIS PASSON YOU BOTH HAVE.

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