Hypnosis treatment is effective and safe when performed by a specialist. In movies, hypnosis is often portrayed as a control tactic – for example, to trick people into committing a crime or falling in love. Hypnotists are often seen as crazy magicians who put people on stage and make them neigh when they hear the word “horse.”
The way hypnosis is portrayed in the media may seem like it’s just fun, but hypnosis is more than just an entertainment factor. Hypnosis treatment can be beneficial to your health and well-being.
Hypnotherapy can be an effective method for dealing with stress and anxiety. Above all, clinical hypnosis can diminish stress levels and anxiety before dental and medical procedures, such as tooth extraction, cervical biopsy, breast biopsy, COVID vaccination, etc.
“In the healthcare industry, hypnosis can be used as psychological treatment to help you experience changes in feelings, perceptions, thoughts, or behaviors. It is performed in a clinical setting and performed by a qualified and licensed healthcare professional, such as a psychologist or physician, ”says Alison T. Grant, MD, a physician at the University of Pennsylvania Family and Internal Medicine office in New Jersey.
Hypnosis treatment usually includes suggestions for relaxation, calm and general well-being, which may only last during the session but can sometimes be reactivated later by the patient. Typical approaches involve instructions for thinking about pleasant experiences or verbal cues to bring you into a trance state.
Hypnotherapy – a form of therapy that uses hypnosis as a standalone or supplemental treatment – can benefit your health in several ways.
Hypnosis has been studied for other conditions, including:
Hypnotherapy for mental health conditions.
Anxiety treatment – hypnosis is #1
Relaxation techniques, including hypnosis, can sometimes relieve anxiety. Hypnosis tends to be more effective in people whose anxiety stems from a chronic health problem, such as heart disease, rather than a generalized anxiety disorder.
Hypnosis can also be helpful if you are struggling with a phobia, a type of anxiety disorder in which you are terrified of something that does not pose a significant threat.
How it works: Hypnosis works to relieve anxiety by encouraging your body to activate its natural relaxation response through the use of a phrase or non-verbal cue, slowing breathing, lowering blood pressure, and instilling a general sense of well-being.
Hypnosis treatment for depression.
Depression is a severe mood condition that impacts a person’s thoughts, feelings, and ability to carry out daily tasks. The illness can take many different forms, but typical signs include:
- continuous agitation caused by an unhappy or worrisome mood,
- lack of interest,
- difficulties focusing, or
- trouble sleeping.
Depression symptoms can be effectively treated by hypnosis. The change in the interval between successive heartbeats, or heart rate variability, is lessened in those with severe depression. One study found that HRV significantly increases hypnosis, suggesting that the method may be used to treat depression. To corroborate these results, additional research is required as the researchers’ sample size was somewhat small.
The use of hypnosis for depression may be just as successful as other well-known psychological interventions like CBT and interpersonal therapy, according to a meta-analysis of hypnotic interventions.
Hypnotherapy and Phobias: How It Can Help
While Halloween might be a frightening time of year, phobias are nothing to giggle at. Phobias can be conquered with the aid of hypnotherapy. Victor Tsan, MD, our Ultimate Level Hypnotherapist, is an expert in phobia hypnosis!
A phobia, or irrational dread, can be quite prevalent. The severity of them can also vary. An illogical fear of something that can do little to no harm is known as a phobia.
Social phobia and a particular dread will develop early in life, continuing throughout adulthood. Instead of fear itself, specific fears are dread of a circumstance or an item. There are many different causes of phobias. The fear may have been brought on by a traumatic event or run in the family.
Even if you know that your fear is unfounded, you could lose control of it.
Unfounded fear might lead to anxiety. Additionally, it may result in trembling, sweating, headaches, and difficulty speaking.
Hypnosis as a form of therapy can be pretty effective because a phobia will likely exist in our subconscious. It will be able to identify the cause of the phobia and assist sufferers in responding to it calmly and internally. The nature of phobias is irrational. This makes them more straightforward to get around as a result.
Relaxation can also be aided by hypnosis. It will assist in developing new relaxing and peaceful behaviors.
Hypnosis treatment for Pain control.
Hypnosis can help with pain from burns, cancer, childbirth, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, temporomandibular joint problems, dental procedures, and headaches. Hypnosis can help with pain – for example, after surgery, migraines, or tension headaches. And it can also help with chronic pain. People with pain associated with conditions such as arthritis, cancer, sickle cell anemia, fibromyalgia, and people with low back pain may experience relief from hypnosis.
How it works: Hypnosis can help you cope with pain and gain more control over it. In addition, research shows that hypnosis can do this effectively over long periods.
Hot flushes can be treated with hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy can relieve the signs of hot flashes as a result of menopause.
If you are a woman experiencing menopause, you may find yourself looking for complementary and alternative treatments for the hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and other symptoms that are common at this time.
Women are frequently given hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to relieve menopausal symptoms. However, HRT is inappropriate for everyone and carries a negligible but significant cancer risk.
Hypnotherapy is one strategy that the North American Menopause Society advises for the management of menopause symptoms1.
Hypnosis treatment for behavior change.
Side Effects of Cancer Treatment. Hypnosis has been used to relieve side effects related to chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
Deep sleep hypnosis for insomnia.
Hypnosis can be helpful if you are sleepwalking or struggling to fall asleep and maintain normal sleep. Hypnosis can be relaxing enough to make it easier to fall asleep if you suffer from insomnia.
If you are a sleepwalker, hypnosis can also teach you to wake up when you feel your feet touching the floor and helps you avoid sleepwalking antics.
And if you want to get some sleep, hypnosis can help with that too. Learning self-hypnosis techniques can increase the amount of time you sleep and the amount of time you spend in deep sleep, the type of sleep you need to wake up feeling awake.
How it works: Verbal cues put you into a trance state, similar to how you feel when you are so carried away by a book or movie that you do not notice what is happening around you. After hypnosis – or even during – you will fall asleep.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome diminishes from hypnosis treatment.
Clinical trials consistently confirm the effectiveness of hypnosis in IBS. IBS is abdominal pain caused by the gut, and hypnosis can help relieve symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, and gas.
Dr. Grant explains, “IBS can sometimes cause secondary symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, back pain, and urinary problems. It has turned out that hypnosis can help with that as well.
How It Works: Hypnosis guides you through progressive relaxation, providing soothing images and sensations to combat your symptoms.
Quit Smoking with hypnosis.
“Giving up cigarettes is not easy. Many methods help you quit, such as nicotine patches or prescription drugs. While the research is ongoing, many people have found that hypnosis helped them break free from smoking,” explains Dr. Grant.
Smoking cessation hypnosis works best if you work individually with a hypnotherapist who can tailor your hypnosis sessions to suit your lifestyle.
There are many ways to use hypnosis treatment, but a professional must hypnotize you. There are no license requirements for hypnosis in many states, and you may get confused by a beautiful website and fake reviews. Make sure that the hypnotist you are allowing to work on your subconscious level is a medical professional with appropriate training in hypnotherapy.
Weight Loss Hypnosis.
Hypnosis for weight reduction can be a valuable tool for patients to lose weight and enhance general health when used in a program with behavioral counseling. Patients who receive hypnotherapy are more likely to make wise decisions about their diet and exercise because hypnosis reprograms their subconscious minds to perceive hunger and satiety cues. Additionally, research has demonstrated that hypnosis positively impacts a person’s body image and sense of self. Hypnosis is a helpful tool for many Americans since it can also assist people who are battling eating issues.
The initial hypnosis session for patients receiving weight loss hypnotherapy typically includes assessing the client’s medical history and treatment objectives. The therapist will then create a strategy to use hypnosis and other therapeutic techniques to assist the client in achieving these goals. The sessions will typically center on developing positive views about oneself and one’s physique and methods for leading a healthy lifestyle. The client is expected to practice specific exercises and techniques outside of the office every day to maximize outcomes. Sessions usually are one and a half hours long.
But it’s crucial to keep in mind that losing weight is a process that takes effort and patience. Regular hypnotherapy sessions can assist in addressing some psychological issues that may be causing poor eating habits or a negative body image. Still, they cannot replace regular exercise and a healthy diet. To develop a well-rounded approach to well-being, those who want to get the most out of hypnotherapy should also collaborate closely with their doctors and other medical experts. Patients should incorporate a balanced diet and exercise plan into their daily routines to stay fit and healthy.
Have questions about hypnosis treatment and how it can help you? Please request an appointment with Dr. Victor Tsan online or by contacting us at 267-314-7575 to discuss how relaxation techniques, including hypnosis, can boost your overall health and wellness.