Are you worn out and exhausted from pain? Is pain keeping you up at night, creating stress, and sadness? Are you tired of trying everything while still not seeing any relief?
For many, the word hypnosis brings to mind a nightclub act or parlor trick, where a person with a shiny swinging watch gets volunteers to bark like a dog or quack like a duck. But clinical or medical hypnosis is more than theater, or fun and games. It is an altered state of awareness used by clinical hypnotherapists, medical doctors and nurses, and licensed therapists to treat physical and/or psychological problems.
Since all hypnosis is self hypnosis during hypnosis, the subject is aided to tune out the conscious part of the brain temporarily as the person focuses on relaxation and lets go of distracting thoughts. The American Society of Clinical Hypnotists likens hypnosis to using a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun and make them more powerful. When our minds are focused and concentrated in hypnosis (alpha state), we are able to use them more powerfully. When hypnotized, a person may experience physiologic changes such as a slowing of the pulse and respiration, and an increase in alpha brain waves. The person may also become more open to specific suggestions and goals such as relaxing muscles and reducing pain. In the post-suggestion phase of the session, the hypnotist reinforces continued use of the new behavior.
Benefits of Hypnosis in Pain Control
Research has shown medical hypnosis to be helpful for acute and chronic pain. In 1996, a panel of the National Institutes of Health found hypnosis to be effective in easing cancer pain. More recent studies have demonstrated its effectiveness for pain related to burns, cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis and reduction of anxiety associated with surgery. An analysis of 18 studies by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York revealed moderate to large pain-relieving effects from hypnosis, supporting the effectiveness of hypnotic techniques for pain management.
If you want to try hypnosis, you can expect to see a practitioner by yourself for a course of hour-long or half-hour long treatments, although some practitioners may start with a longer initial consultation and follow up with 10- to 15-minute appointments. Your therapist can give you a post-hypnotic suggestion that will enable you to induce self-hypnosis after the treatment course is completed.
Every great action begins with a first step. Talking on the phone as a next right step, you will experience a sense of relief knowing that you will not be alone on your path to getting your pain under control. My direct number is (858) 412-7597. I look forward to speaking with you and the prospect of our first session.