"[Hypnosis] has been used to counter the nausea of pregnancy and chemotherapy; dental and test-taking anxiety; pain associated with surgery, root canal treatment and childbirth; fear of flying and public speaking; compulsive hair-pulling; and intractable hiccups, among many other troublesome health problems. Hypnosis is the epitome of mind-body medicine. It can enable the mind to tell the body how to react, and modify the messages that the body sends to the mind."-The New York Times
"...hypnosis can help adult patients control other forms of pain, help reduce pre-surgical anxiety, relieve gastrointestinal problems, stimulate weight loss, clear up skin problems, and accelerate the healing of bone fractures and surgical wounds."
Medical Hypnosis: Myths vs. Facts
The concept of hypnosis might call to mind an entertainer lulling an audience member with a shiny pendulum, and then get them to bark like a dog. But in medicine, hypnosis means putting a patient in an enhanced state of relaxation during which the patient is more open to suggestions, said Harold Pass, an associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York. The patient is not asleep, nor unconscious, and does not lose control over his or her actions, Pass said.
"People do not turn into a zombie, they will not quack like a duck, there are no swinging pocket watches," said a former client. "It's using your mind and your thoughts to help yourself feel better." During a session, the patient is first brought into a trancelike state of highly focused attention. Some say people move into and out of this state every day," said Mark Jensen, vice chair for research in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center, and liken it to being completely absorbed, as in watching a sunset.
"It doesn't feel foreign or strange at all," said a client, who now works for the hypnotherapist who treated her. "It basically feels like that period of time right before you fall asleep. You're still aware of everything, but your attention is very focused," she said. In this state, brain changes occur that make people better able to alter their perceptions, Jensen said. For example, a hypnotherapist may ask a patient to change the location, intensity or quality of their perception of pain, for example, imagining a burning sensation instead feels like water. "A lot of the alternative therapies like hypnosis, meditation, acupuncture, Tai Chi those types of therapies or approaches, they really don't have any serious risk associated with them," Clark said. "They may not have a huge evidence base, but the risk-benefit equation is favorable." According to a 2008 review article in the journal Nature, "there is an emerging body of evidence that hypnotherapy is clinically effective for the treatment of IBS ." Several well-designed studies have shown long-term benefits for patients, including reductions of abdominal pain, anxiety depression, the researchers said. In 2007, Julie Schnur, a clinical psychologist and assistant professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and colleagues conducted a study of 200 breast cancer patients who needed surgery. About half underwent a 15-minute hypnosis session before their surgery; the other half talked with a psychologist about their thoughts and feelings pre-surgery. Patients who underwent hypnosis required less sedative during the surgery, and perhaps because they were more relaxed, their surgeries lasted 10 fewer minutes on average. They experienced less pain, nausea, fatigue and emotional upset following the surgery, Schnur said. The researchers calculated the hospital could save about $770 per cancer patient by employing hypnosis before surgery, and the recipients of it were very pleased with the outcome.
Hampshire Hypnotherapy Center will work with you (and if necessary, with your permission, consult with your doctor) to custom design the right supplemental hypnotherapy sessions for your particular medical issue. Working with your subconscious mind and adding conscious positive reinforcement can help reduce symptoms, lesson fear and pain, increase strength and stamina, and bring some healing and relief to increase your sense of well-being. It is not a cure-all or magic bullet; however, it can help your body/mind/spirit work in synchronicity and harmony in order to create a more conducive environment for better health. The mind/body connection is real!
Some of the medical
conditions that hypnotherapy can help:
- Smoking Cessation
- Weight Loss
- Panic Attacks
- Pre-Surgery Preparation/Post-Surgery Recovery
- Pain Management
- Pre-Post Birth Relaxation
- Stress Relief
- Cancer Treatments
- Phobia Removal
- Dental Anxiety
- Sleep Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Bed Wetting
- Aging Anxieties
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It matters what you believe! Change your thoughts and you can change your life. Hypnosis is about self-empowerment!