Most medical hypnosis requires a referral from your physician (see Healthcare Referrals below). It is ideal for use in a medical setting as an adjunct to traditional methods to:
- Reduce chronic pain
- Speed healing of surgery
- Provide anesthesia or analgesia
- Increase comfort and reduce stress
- Reduce side effects of treatment such as nausea, soreness, and sleeplessness
- Increase quality of life
Science has now proven what many eastern philosophies have known for centuries: When it comes to health, there is a real connection between the mind and the body. If you are facing health problems of any sort, you can learn techniques to speed up your healing, manage symptoms, and feel better on a day to day basis. If you are a doctor, nurse, paramedic or other medical professional, read onward to find out how hypnosis can help your patients.
Stress and its effects on the body
Today's high-paced society places many mental demands on us that can increase stress and hormonal responses in our body. This is a throwback from when our bodies did this to protect us from animals and other threats that could endanger our life. This fight/flight response triggers a portion of your brain called the hypothalamus to signal a release of adrenalin and cortisol from your adrenal glands. The short term increase in these two chemicals is great for helping you to survive a life and death encounter, but when you live a life of constant stress your bodies systems can go haywire. This short circuit of can exacerbate the symptoms of a current ailment you may have or the increased stress can be the primary cause of an all new condition. The human body is a wonderful creation and you can learn to re-balance yourself after these fight/flight responses as well as enjoy increased relaxation throughout the day. By learning techniques based on mindfulness and hypnosis you can lower stress and increase your quality of life. Lowering stress will help...
- Increase immune system response
- Improve cognitive functioning
- Increase sleep quality
- Lower blood pressure
- Increase digestive functioning
- Speed healing of injuries
Hypnosis and surgery
There are many ways that hypnosis can help not only the patient have a more comfortable operation and recovery, but also help the surgeon and medical staff during and after the procedure. Here is a quick overview of how it can be utilized.
- Pre-surgery: Hypnosis is used pre-surgery for a variety of things. It can be for something as simple as helping a patient relax if they are particularly anxious about an upcoming operation, to teaching a patient pain control techniques to limit or eliminate the need for traditional drug anesthetics/analgesics. There are many different types of ways to work with a person's subconscious mind so they can have a much more enjoyable and successful stay at the hospital.
- During surgery: A patient can be given suggestions before an operation to make things easier for the doctor during the procedure. The body can subconsciously limit bleeding as well as reduce involuntary muscle guarding.
- Post-surgery: Surgery is often a traumatic experience for the body even if everything goes perfectly. Post-surgery hypnosis can be used to help manage the symptoms of nausea, pain, soreness, or whatever ailments arise from the procedure and subsequent recovery. It can also help in the case where there is an emotional impact from surgery in the operating room.
Hypnotic pain control
The body is an amazing system, especially when it comes to sensing pain. Pain itself is a very fluid and subjective thing that can change from moment to moment. Using specific imagery, waking hypnosis techniques, and mindfulness, a person can be taught to change their perception of pain in a way to reduce it or even eliminate it entirely. In dentistry a tooth extraction and implant can be performed without the aid of any chemical analgesics. Hypnosis has been used quite successfully as the primary pain controller in childbirth as well.
Thrive Hypnotherapy can also help if a person is facing chronic pain issues. These can come up due to complications in a past surgery, genetic causes, or specific diseases which can lead to life-long pain. A person can only take so many pain killers before it becomes detrimental to their health. Through the use of hypnosis a person can be taught to manage their pain in a way that allows them to reduce the amount of painkillers they are taking on a regular basis. This eases the work load on the kidneys and liver and can allow the body's systems to concentrate more fully on healing.
Hypnosis and Cancer
Hypnosis can be valuable in helping the patient and caretakers cope with the effects of this disease. The patient can be helped to learn how to control side-effects of treatment, maintain a more positive attitude, sleep better, and maintain a more normal existence. Caretakers can benefit by learning techniques that will help them manage the stresses of being a caretaker and maintain a more positive attitude.
Referrals from healthcare professionals are required for some issues. Hypnosis is considered to be Complementary (working with your Physician or Medical Care Provider) - as opposed to Alternative Medicine (instead of). There are many reasons and conditions a Physician may refer you for Hypnosis. The most common are Weight Reduction, Smoking Cessation, Stress Management, Pain Relief and treatment plan compliance. But there are many other reasons as well. Hypnosis, used in conjunction with the care of your Physician can be a powerful tool to enhance your wellness and help with dealing with the stresses of disease, illness, and injuries. It can help you have a healthier and happier life.
Under Texas law, a hypnotist may not provide a medical diagnosis or recommend discontinuance of medically prescribed treatments. The services we render are held out to the public as non-therapeutic Hypnotism, defined as the use of Hypnosis to bring about positive thinking and the capacity for self-Hypnosis. They are offered as a form of motivational coaching and self-hypnosis instruction and are not intended to be substitutes for psychological, medical or professional counseling services. We do not represent our services as any form of medical, behavioral or mental health care, and despite research to the contrary, by law we may make no health benefit claims for my services. If you have an ongoing mental health problem, please consult a licensed professional.