If you’ve had the benefit of good, reputable hypnotherapy you know it works.

The most rewarding hypnotherapy sessions I’ve done helped a patient eradicate pain entirely. Solid research supports its ability to do that:

“In their 2003 review of controlled clinical studies, Dr. Patterson and fellow psychologist Mark Jensen, PhD, found that hypno-analgesia is associated with significant reductions in: ratings of pain, need for analgesics or sedation, nausea and vomiting, and length of stay in hospitals. Hypnosis has also been associated with better overall outcome after medical treatment and greater physiological stability. Surgeons and other health providers have reported significantly higher degrees of satisfaction with their patients treated with hypnosis than with their other patients.” Here’s the whole write-up.

people-dieStop smoking, reduce treatment side effects + more

Hypnotherapy is also a natural way to stop smoking, manage chronic or surgical pain and handle anxiety. Many cancer patients use hypnosis and visualization to manage side effects effectively and to reduce anxiety.

It can help rid people of fear of flying or other phobias. And some patients credit it with helping with surgical outcome.

If you think hypnotherapy is anything like the crazy stage hypnosis you’ve seen, it’s not. You don’t go anywhere. You remember everything. It’s not magic or a trick.

people-dieIf you have chronic pain

So how does it work? All pain is processed in the brain. So are many other things. Hypnosis harnesses the powerful subconscious to help change that processing.  Brain scans do show that brain waves can change during hypnosis and while science doesn’t have all the answers about why it works, we do know that it does.

If you’ve got pain of any kind, you’ll want to read this, from the study I cited above.

“Hypnotic analgesia has been used successfully in … many clinics, hospitals, and burn care centers, and dental offices. For acute pain, it has proven effective in interventional radiology, various surgical procedures (e.g., appendectomies, tumor excisions), the treatment of burns (dressing changes and the painful removal of dead or contaminated skin tissue), child-birth labor pain, bone marrow aspiration pain, and pain related to dental work, especially so with children. Chronic pain conditions for which hypnosis has been used successfully include…. headache, backache, fibromyalgia, carcinoma-related pain, temporal mandibular disorder pain, and mixed chronic pain.”

Here’s the other truth: it works perfectly well via Skype. You don’t have to be there in person. You just have to hear the hypnotherapist’s voice.

If you’d like to know more or discuss how hypnotherapy might help you, let’s talk. Email carol (at) ahealingspirit.org

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