Health & Fitness

Which Disorders Can Be Helped By Hypnosis?


Hypnosis – in various forms – has been used for hundreds of years to try and help with a broad variety of physical and psychological health disorders. Despite a growing body of scientific research suggesting that it can be beneficial, it is something which people usually have to look into themselves privately without any formal medical referral. This is simply because people respond differently to hypnotic treatment and unlike pharmaceutical medication, it is very difficult to quantify its effectiveness.

While there are no set ‘rules’ on gaging how responsive individuals may be towards hypnotherapy, as a general rule those who are more imaginative and open-minded tend to experience better results. By no means should that put anyone off trying these tools to address their disorder, but it is worth bearing in mind and something which good practitioners will discuss in length before exploring treatment options. It is common for people undertaking a course of hypnotherapy to also be guided towards meditation and relaxation treatments to assist with concentration.

Major Ailments

Let’s begin by looking at how these treatments can help those suffering from more serious and/or chronic complaints. While many people assume that hypnotherapy is geared towards the likes of emotional/psychological issues or cessation techniques, many people find it successful with the following:

* Coping with postoperative pain
* Arthritis
* High blood pressure
* Insomnia
* Sexual dysfunction
* Asthma

It is important to look for practitioners who have some kind of formal medical background should you be looking towards using hypnotherapy as a supplemental treatment method for major issues. Few people find themselves experiencing any side-effects or negative consequences from hypnotic treatments, but it is something that needs to be approached clinically if used in this manner.

Minor Ailments

By ‘minor’ ailments we are considering health concerns which may well be seriously detrimental to long term health, but are not necessarily a common daily problem. These can be one of a broad variety of problems, ranging from psychological/emotional through to directly consequential physical symptoms. Examples may include – but are by no means limited to:

* Stammering & speech impediments
* Phobias
* Smoking & drug abuse
* Anxiety
* Depression
* Panic attacks
* Stress

People tend to respond very differently to hypnotherapy when it is used towards this level of health concern. It is not uncommon for some people to come around after just a single session and find that they are now repulsed by the idea of touching a cigarette. Alternatively, they may experience a sense of inner calm which may never have been felt before. Hypnotherapy is especially good for managing stress and keeping control over how the body releases hormones in response. But by no means is it always quite so easy!

For most people, they will require scheduled sessions – usually spread out on a weekly or fortnightly basis – in order to gradually feel significant improvement. As outlined previously, many of these health concerns will also be helped by undertaking mindfulness training and other meditative therapies. It is important not to underestimate how much these can play a role in finding success with hypnotherapy – and something which a high-quality professional practitioner will suggest as a matter of course.

Final Thoughts

Contrary to popular assumption hypnotherapy is not at all about ‘reprogramming’ the brain or in any way removing our self will. It is instead concerned with placing the body into a deeply relaxed state from where people can become more open to suggestions. Should a participant not be willing to listen to these suggestions, then it is unlikely to be much use! Yet for those who can be receptive – and well qualified and experienced therapists will have plenty of methods to assist here – it can provide a very strong way of helping to cope with a vast array of health issues.

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