Medical Hypnosis and Hypnoanesthesia
Hypnosis services to be provided do not include the practice of medicine. These services are non-diagnostic, and are complimentary to the healing arts services that are licensed by the state. Hypnosis is an adjunct, not a substitute for conventional medical treatment or therapy. Hypnosis for medical issues requires a physician referral.
Since 1958, hypnosis has been recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a legitimate treatment modality for a wide range of medical and behavioral problems. Despite an AMA recommendation that hypnosis instruction be included in the curricula of medical schools, a majority of physicians have no training or experience with hypnosis. If your physician or therapist does not mention hypnosis as a compliment to your medical care, it may be they lack sufficient knowledge or training in this specialized field. Of course, most physicians are subject to time constraints that would make it difficult for them to personally incorporate hypnosis into your medical care program. Knowing this, you may choose to ask your physician to refer you to a Certified Hypnotherapist. The following are a few medical situations which hypnosis may be helpful:
Anxiety and stress: Stress and anxiety can very often be linked to chronic pain, medical issues and disease. Over $3 Million is spent annually for stress related medical issues. Through hypnosis you will begin to feel a lifting of everyday stress and anxiety, thereby relieving you from unnecessary pain or illness.
Cancer: Hypnosis can be used to alleviate pain as well as reduce the negative affects from chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Finally, hypnosis is an effective aid in dealing with the emotion aspects of this illness.
Depression Associated with Chronic Illness: Hypnosis can be very useful in dealing with the mental health of the patient. A depressed patient does not seem to heal or bounce back from illness like the patient that is mentally and emotionally healthy. Hypnosis can help the depressed patient regain their desire to be happy which will help them in their recovery.
Fibromyalgia: A medical condition marked by soft tissue pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and widely distributed areas of tenderness known as “tender points.” It is estimated that this chronic condition affects about 3.4% of women and 0.5% of men. There is no laboratory test to diagnose fibromyalgia, and some physicians refuse to acknowledge fibromyaligia as a true condition stating that it is “all in your mind.” Hypnosis can reduce stress and help you sleep better. More importantly, the use of hypnotic conditioning can help in the modification, alteration, or removal of symptoms and emotions.
Pain management and anesthesia: Your hypnotherapist can help you experience the power of your mind to control your pain. You will then be taught self-hypnosis so that you can call on this as you need it. Results vary depending on the origin of the pain. Whether it is learned for acute or chronic conditions the use of this tool can lead to a higher quality of life.
Hypnobirthing: Hypnobirthing is becoming a more common method of pain management for pregnancy, labor and delivery. Your therapist will first address the fear of pain and help the mommy to surrender to this natural and beautiful process. She will be taught self-hypnosis to control and eliminate any pain. Her birthing partner will then come and join us for a couple sessions to learn how he/she can best help in this process.
Hypnosis has shown to be successful in many other medical conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Diabetes, Migraines, Erectile Dysfunction, Crohn’s, etc. Hypnosis has also shown great results for surgery patients to remain calm before the procedure, have fewer complications, and heal faster with less bleeding and swelling.
Please call us for a free consultation to see if this method is appropriate for you. For many of these medical conditions a combination of hypnotherapy and massage are recommended.
Thinking of disease constantly will only intensify it. Feel always, ‘I am healthy in body and mind.’ –Swami Sivananda
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