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Complementary Medical Hypnosis teaches people facing life-changing illness how to use the power of their minds to improve the overall quality of their lives. People who expect positive things to happen, who lead balanced lives and who handle problems well, can create improvement in their medical condition and live longer.
Complementary Medical Hypnosis will normally require a licensed medical care provider’s referral. Hypnosis has often proven itself to be a highly effective complementary intervention in cases of challenging physical conditions such as burns, cancer support, chronic fatigue, hypertension, fibromyalgia, IBS, migraines and headaches, and pain management.It is also very effective in relieving anxiety for surgery and medical/dental procedures and in enhancing post-surgical recovery.
Hypnosis can create the all-important positive attitude and expectation for healing by changing one’s perception of the challenge through suggestion. Medical hypnosis can be contraindicated if the client has a history of schizophrenia or other diagnosed disorders such as bipolar, epilepsy and chronic depression. Especially in those, and some other instances, certain factors and/or prescribed medications can interfere with the effectiveness of hypnosis. So it is essential that those conditions and medications be noted when calling for an appointment and that a professional referral be received before treatment is begun. A referral request can be sent or faxed from our office to your attending medical care provider.
Hypnotism is a process of educating clients to master abilities they already have. Clients learn to enter and use trance state and use it to control aspects of their behavior that may have been beyond their conscious control. Moving beyond pain and discomfort, learning to improve mood, creating positive attitudes and adjusting habits all become possible. Healing can then occur in surprising ways!!
Easing Anxiety for Surgery and Medical Procedures
Research is revealing significant evidence that hypnosis can improve the effect of anesthesia administered during a procedure. One factor which seems to dominate thought in the mind of a patient, for an upcoming medical or dental procedure with anesthesia, is the fear of a loss of control. Even low levels of anxiety have negative effects. Prescribed anti-anxiety medications can result in further complications and side effects. There are no negative side effects to Complementary Medical Hypnosis and it is rapidly becoming more and more acceptable in surgical settings. Hypnosis can even lower your blood pressure! This is helpful when controlling unavoidable bleeding during surgery.
Some people become so anxious that they can consciously fight off the benefits of their anxiety medication and they then end up requesting rescheduling of procedures, which only extends their anxieties over a longer period. Patients gain an increase in perceived self-control through hypnotic suggestion and their level of fear and anxiety can be significantly lowered, with healing imagery and positive suggestions for visualizing future recovery. Endorphin's released in the individual by hypnosis can be more effective than medication in controlling pain. Hypnosis allows the patient to tap the unused resources of their mind, and to control the pain themselves by allowing positive suggestions to replace fear and anxiety. This is then reinforced by having the client listen to tapes of the session/s before, during (if permitted) and after the procedure.
In addition, there are often fewer adverse events (e.g. less blood in the operating field) that occur and procedures can take less time. Patients studied report less pain and request less analgesic medication on the first recovery day. They also realized greater postoperative muscle strength and lower fatigue, which resulted in a shorter recovery time and hospital stay, quicker return to normal activity and greater patient satisfaction.
Although hypnotic suggestions are introduced to the patient to report all pain to their attending medical professionals, the perception of pain related to surgery or medical procedures can respond well to hypnosis, resulting in a reduction of medications requested and potentiation of the ones that are used. When we are in pain, we tense, not consciously, but as a coping reflex against pain. Muscle tension magnifies pain. Relaxation of the mind reduces the anticipation of the pain and relaxation of the body raises the pain threshold. Putting our attention on pain makes it worse. The reverse is true also. We can distract our mind away from pain.