What is Medical Hypnosis?
Hypnosis can be described as the most potent non-pharmacological relaxant known to science.
In 1958 the American Medical Association (AMA) officially approved hypnosis for use in all areas of medicine and surgery.
Numerous clinical studies have been conducted substantiating the effectiveness of the Hypnotic state in improving individuals' lives. These studies report a multitude of applications for Hypnosis including; Medical, Psychological, Educational and Personal Growth.
Recent study by National Cancer Institute reported that hypnosis before breast-cancer surgery reduces pain, discomfort, use of anesthetics and overall cost of a procedure.
(For more information see Journal of the NCI, Sept. 5, 2007: Hypnosis Before Breast-Cancer Surgery Reduces Pain, Discomfort, and Cost.)
Medical Hypnotherapy has been successfully used to
- Reduce stress and fear before surgical and medical procedures
- Diminish amount of anesthesia needed during surgery
- Decrease amount of blood loss during surgery
- Accelerate recovery and reduce hospital stay
- Help cancer patients minimize chemotherapy side effects
- Provide relief to people who suffer from chronic pain
- Boost the immune system
- Ease pregnancy discomfort and childbirth
- Effectively reduce HIV/AIDS-related symptoms and discomfort from treatments
- Anesthetize and relieve stress with dental work
Other more common uses of hypnosis are
- Generalized Anxiety
- Addictive disorders such as smoking, alchoholism, drug addicition
- Learning and Test Taking
- Sports Performance
- Job Interviewing
- Public Speaking
You are safe
All hypnosis is to a degree, self-hypnosis. Willingness is a key factor: unless you are willing, you can not be hypnotized. Under hypnosis you will not lose your consciousness, or your will, nor can you be induced to do anything dangerous, silly or foolish. Remember, you have the power to exit from an hypnotic trance at any time. Because hypnosis involves a lot of imagery and visualization techniques, the ability to be hypnotized is an indication of a very creative and imaginative individual.
How Hypnosis works
Hypnosis amplifies one's experience. Anything that is possible in a normal waking state becomes more powerful, intense and immediate in the trance state.
Hypnosis allows you to focus intently on specific problems and their resolution, while maintaining a comfortable state of physical relaxation. It also helps you to enhance control over you physical, mental and emotional responses.
How is Hypnosis delivered?
Hypnosis can be self induced or facilitated by another person. Guided hypnosis is easy, safe, and effective.
Personal treatment plan
During your first visit, you and I will review your medical history and your goals for treatment.
We will then create a personalized treatment plan, and discuss how you will achieve these goals.
Follow-up appointments focus on evaluating the effectiveness the treatment, refining techniques as necessary, or pursuing other matters of interest. The number of sessions may vary and highly dependent upon individual therapeutic response as well as your goals, and interests.