Hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, is a trance-like state where your concentration is put into hyperfocus. This helps you enter a relaxed space to process emotions and be more open to suggestions. The goal is to enable you to gain control over undesired thoughts and behaviors to ultimately improve health outcomes. Hypnosis treatment can help alleviate symptoms of many different conditions.
Hypnosis is conducted with the help of a hypnotherapist, whether in person or online. Heally offers online hypnotherapy sessions, where you can undergo therapy from the comfort of your home.
Hypnotherapy can be particularly effective in treating the following issues and conditions
1. Acute and Chronic Pain
A 2000 meta-analysis concluded that hypnosis offered moderate to major pain relief for many types of pain, including childbirth, burns, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, headaches, and fibromyalgia. Patients with pain from arthritis, cancer, and sickle cell disease have also benefited from hypnosis.
For pain management, hypnosis works by helping you gain more control over the pain you feel, allowing you to cope more effectively, both over the short term and long term.
2. Anxiety Disorders
Relaxation techniques like hypnotherapy can be effective in helping ease anxiety, particularly when that anxiety stems from a chronic health condition or upcoming surgery. It can also help patients suffering from a phobia, which is a type of anxiety disorder.
This therapy works to reduce anxiety by encouraging the body to activate its natural relaxation response in moments of anxiety through the use of a nonverbal cue or phrase. At this cue, your breathing may slow down, your blood pressure may lower, and you may feel a positive sense of well-being in place of fear or anxiety.
3. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Research shows hypnosis can be an effective natural treatment for the pain, constipation, bloating, and diarrhea associated with IBS. It can also help reduce secondary symptoms of IBS, including fatigue, urinary problems, and back pain. In a long-term follow-up of patients who benefited from hypnosis, most remained well and did not require further medication for IBS one to five years later, according to the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders.
4. Sleep Disorders
In conjunction with proper sleep hygiene to promote rest, hypnotherapy is a promising natural treatment method for a variety of sleep conditions, including insomnia, sleepwalking, parasomnias, sleep terrors, and nightmares. It also includes considerably fewer side effects than many sleeping pills and medications often used to treat these disorders.
If you’re suffering from depression, hypnotherapy may be a natural treatment option to consider in conjunction with other treatments. Because depression makes you feel several emotions, hypnotherapy can be used to reduce or better cope with negative feelings, like stress, anxiety, and sadness, as well as treat negative behaviors that may worsen the depression, such as smoking and poor sleeping habits. For some patients with depression, hypnosis can help enhance the sense of well-being, boost feelings of hopefulness, and lift mood to improve symptoms.