Hypnotherapy for Mind and Body
Hypnotherapy currently enjoys a positive public image due to its helpful effects on addictions, weight management and the general mitigation of stress. Hypnotherapy is commonly associated with the treatment of psychological or emotional issues like phobias, anxiety and unwanted automatic behaviours. However, it can also be used to alleviate physical pain and improve functionality, using a focused state of awareness.
The use of hypnotherapy as treatment for functional stroke involves teaching the ‘other’ side of the brain or, relearning to recover lost ability in crossover work between the right and left hemispheres of the brain for enhanced recovery of function. In January 2022, The International Journal of Stroke reported that disability was reduced and there was a saving of £1,658 in treatment cost per patient when hypnotherapy was used, “in addition to standard stroke unit care”.
Gut-directed hypnotherapy has been shown to be effective in the management of physical symptoms of IBS, ulcers and post-surgery recovery as well as associated difficulties like anxiety, depression and low quality of life. The relationship between stress and these gastrointestinal conditions is well recognised, and addressing ill health with hypnotherapeutic guidance can train your brain to function differently. Just as imagining a lemon can make your mouth salivate, your gut can be trained to “both stimulate and inhibit gastric acid secretion” with “long-term efficacy on a majority of patients”, according to Klein (1989) and Whorwell (1987).
The connection between thoughts, emotions and pain is a powerful one. When thoughts and emotions become negative, pain follows. And, where pain exists, negative thoughts and emotions are often expressed. Recognising this connection and addressing these areas of life in an altered state of mind can break destructive cycles and offer a complementary benefit to physical medical interventions.
Some people are more responsive than others to hypnosis but the majority of people who are hypnotised remember everything that happened with their therapist and they require fewer sessions than other psychotherapies. To find out more about these stats and more information on what hypnotherapy could do for you, check out the article, ‘103 Key Hypnotherapy Statistics’ by Sai Blackbyrn . Or, if you have a hypnotherapy story you’d like to share, please feel free to get in touch with the Friends.