Hypnotherapists typically use deep relaxation exercises that bring about an altered state of consciousness, also known as a trance. Hypnotherapy techniques may include: Guided imagery, repetition, direct or indirect suggestion, post-hypnotic suggestion, and visualization. An individual in a trance or a state of deep concentration is highly responsive to suggestion. During hypnosis, an individual’s thoughts become more focused and attentive.
Hypnosis can decrease blood pressure and heart rate, and alters specific types of brain wave activity. Hypnotherapy also produces an improvement in well being, reduces the use of medication, may improve immune function, increases relaxation, reduces stress, and eases feelings of anxiety. Burn patients may experience decreased pain from hypnotherapy and hypnosis can speed healing, lessen pain and reduce recovery time for post-surgical patients.
Hypnosis is used in a variety of settings, from outpatient clinics to dental offices and emergency rooms to alleviate chronic pain conditions, stress-related conditions and psychosomatic illnesses. Conditions that respond well to hypnosis include: Cancer related pain, fibromyalgia, sleep disorders, phobias, eating disorders, weight loss, stress, migraine headaches, tinnitus, and skin disorders. Hypnotherapeutic procedures may alleviate the symptoms of asthma, tension headaches, eczema, psoriasis, and other psychosomatic illnesses. The National Institutes of Health has recommended hypnotherapy as a treatment for chronic pain.
Hypnotherapy is effective in reducing the anxiety and pain associated with uncomfortable medical or dental procedures. Hypnotherapy is often utilized to modify an individual’s behavior, emotional content, attitudes, and dysfunctional habits. Hypnotherapy techniques are also used in the field of personal development and motivation.
For information about complementary and alternative therapies for treatment of conditions and for health maintenance call Dr. Richard Browne at (305) 595-9500.