Chances are you don’t know the many benefits of clinical hypnosis. Unfortunately, a lot of people associate hypnosis with stage hypnosis or think of it as a cheap party trick to get people to do things against their will. Alternately, hypnosis has been associated with “woo woo” efforts to uncover past lives you might have had.
I have nothing against stage hypnosis or past life regression, but it does taint the minds of some people against using clinical hypnosis to improve their physical and mental wellness. If you’re curious about how you can benefit from clinical hypnosis, here are some of the many ways you can benefit from hypnotherapy services. There are probably even more benefits from clinical hypnosis, but this is a brief overview of some of the main advantages for using hypnosis.
Physical benefits from hypnotherapy services
Perhaps the most well-researched aspect of clinical hypnosis is in pain control. Whether you receive hypnosis to help manage chronic pain or for acute, surgical pain, it’s hard to argue with the success of hypnosis for pain control. Even in the 1950s, well-respected doctors like William Kroeber, MD were doing surgical procedures with the aid of hypnosis to reduce pain or distract someone from it altogether. Sometimes, hypnosis has been used as the sole way to handle surgical pain, as in a thyroidectomy surgery years ago. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it? And yet, it is entirely possible.
For chronic pain, conditions like Fibromyalgia, phantom limb pain, and other pain conditions like migraines, back pain, etc. can respond well to hypnosis. This is good news, because if you can use your body’s natural ability to deal with pain versus taking opiates and other medicines, it is much better for your well-being. For one thing, you’re more in control of your sensation of pain. For another, it is less taxing on your liver and kidneys if you don’t have to rely on painkillers. In addition, you are less apt to develop tolerance if you don’t take your pain meds all the time.
There are other physical conditions for which you can also use clinical hypnosis, including nausea from chemotherapy; and irritable bowel syndrome and other inflammatory bowel diseases.
No doubt, you have met someone who has used hypnosis to quit smoking, drinking, overeating, or biting their nails for instance. As I’ve mentioned in other blog posts, hypnosis in itself does not cure anything, but it can help you access resources that are needed to give up a harmful habit. Most habits like alcoholism and smoking involve difficulty handling unpleasant emotions, poor impulse control, and frustration tolerance.
Hypnosis for habit control helps you remember the negative effects of using the substance while helping you disconnect from the fun part of it, as well as assisting you in skills like relaxation, frustration tolerance, and impulse control. You still need to be an active participant in your own well-being and commit to doing what you can to quit the habit, but it can be a powerful aid in your giving up whatever habit you wish to cease.
Anxiety and phobias
There are about as many phobias as there are things to be afraid of in the world. Social phobia, fear of the dentist, spiders, snakes – you name it, you can become phobic of it. Hypnosis can benefit you by learning to test reality, regulate your physical response to stress and fear, and desensitize you to what you’re afraid of. In addition, clinical hypnosis can be very helpful in reducing anxiety in general. It can adjust your expectancy of what’s going to happen and challenge you to have a different response to something that you used to find fearful. Along these lines, it can also help with PTSD, or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. You can learn how to compartmentalize what happened in the past and build a positive expectancy for the future.
Clinical hypnosis can also benefit you by helping you sleep more consistently and soundly. This helps with a number of different mental health and physical health problems, such as depression, anxiety, pain, discomfort, and chronic worrying. Dr. Michael Yapko has made a whole career of treating depression with hypnotic and strategic therapy techniques. Having the ability to think critically and expect better for yourself can be more effective than taking medication that may or may not be useful in treating your depression.
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In addition, clinical hypnosis can increase happiness, according to Dr. Nicole Ruysschaert. She proposed that hypnosis helps increase your executive functioning, which is a fancy way of controlling your emotions. In addition, focusing on positive imagery strengthens the pathways in your brain that allow you to feel happy more the time. Hypnosis can also show you that your feelings about past, present, and future experiences are subject to change.
Given that so many people want to be happy and come to psychotherapy to regain their sense of peace and well-being, it only seems logical that you can benefit from hypnotherapy services in many ways. If you are interested in knowing more about this and would like to experience the many benefits of hypnosis for yourself, please call (661) 233-6771.