I have already touched on weight management and insomnia, and how I can help you, using hypnotherapy. Some other common conditions that respond well to hypnotherapy are:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Pain management
- Managing menopause and its side effects, such as night sweatings, muscle tension, headaches, insomnia etc….as well as its possible psychological effects,
- Managing physical and psychological side-effects of cancer treatments and other life-changing conditions
All of these conditions seem to be exacerbated by stress and anxiety and in return, having these conditions tend to add to the sufferer’s anxiety, usually making them feel self-conscious, depressed and sometimes even defeated. Hypnotherapy can help break this vicious circle.
Visualisation, relaxation techniques, self-hypnosis, treatments aimed at increasing self-esteem and improving self-image can all be incorporated in hypnotherapy and are proven effective!
The first step, before using hypnotherapy for any physical condition, is to make sure that your condition is properly diagnosed. Therefore, when you contact me about hypnotherapy related to physical health conditions, such as migraines, IBS or high blood pressure, I may request that you inform your doctor that you are planning to have hypnotherapy and check that it is compatible with the care you are receiving.
Hypnotherapy is also effective in pain management but once again, the source of the pain needs to have been diagnosed. Chronic or persistent pain is pain that carries on for longer than 12 weeks, despite medication and treatment, after an injury or operation. Most people recover in time, but some don’t. People with conditions such as arthritis, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, IBS and back problems tend to accept living with pain, albeit, to the detriment of their life quality. Hypnotherapy can offer a drug-free pain reduction.
There is a lot of research looking into the neurobiology of pain and still a lot that scientist don’t know about it. One of the things they do know however, is that sometimes, the brain continues to send pain signals, that are felt as very real, and can be very intense, with no obvious reason. This is another area where hypnotherapy can be effective. The brain can learn to dial-down the pain signal.
In hypnotherapy, we don’t aim to remove pain completely, but to reduce it to a bearable level and increase comfort. With that, we also work to improve life quality, as hypnotherapy can help shift the person’s focus from “pain” to “what is not pain” in their lives.
You can first experience with me, a range of hypnotic methods to control pain and then learn to do it yourselves, using self-hypnosis.
The Big C
Hypnotherapy can also be used to manage various different effects of cancer treatments. Everybody knows the importance of morale when we are faced with serious illness and cancer is no exception.
Hypnotherapy can help a patient:
- Come to terms with the diagnosis, the sentiment of “personal failure” experienced by some, and the perceived stigma still attached to certain types of cancer,
- Use visualisation techniques to “think themselves better”, as an invaluable resource to reinforce the medical treatments received
- Alleviate chemotherapy and radio-therapy side-effects (tiredness, nausea, physical changes)
- Prepare for surgery or support recovery
- Address added issues such as embarrassment and reduced self-esteem, related to gender specific cancers
We should not forget that two people suffering from the same condition may be more deeply affected by different aspects of it. There is never a size that fit all. In my practice, your therapy would be tailored to your needs.
There are various other life-changing conditions you may be living with and may need help coping. Please don’t hesitate to call to discuss, if I can be of service, with hypnotherapy.
Carers, The Unsung Heroes and the Near and Dear
At this point, I would also like to mention the carers of patients who live with serious and life-altering illnesses and disabilities, who are sometimes forgotten. Their constant worries, feelings of shame or guilt for being the healthy ones, desperation and loneliness, together with physical challenges and exhaustion can often be overlooked. They may be soldiering through selflessly but it doesn’t mean that the difficulties they encounter need not be acknowledged.
Hypnotherapy can help carers and other family members cope with their emotions and daily challenges, while supporting serious illness and disability as well. Hypnotherapy is available to all who think they can benefit from it, without judgement.