How Does Hypnotherapy Work?

The subconscious mind is uninhibited by ego and convictions; therefore, it is much more open to suggestion than the conscious mind. In a hypnotherapy session, a practitioner aids you in relaxing, focusing your mind, and accepting healing information that your conscious mind might ignore. You may even be able to perform hypnosis for yourself at home after being guided through the process by your therapist a few times. This is not a magic trick; this once controversial technique has been gaining ground in clinical psychiatry for decades.

Hypnotherapy for Panic Attacks

A panic attack is characterized by many unpleasant physiological symptoms, including difficult breathing, increased heart rate, paralyzing fear, and the idea of going crazy or dying. These attacks occur suddenly and, because they are unprovoked, nothing can be done to stop them. They pass within a few minutes because the body cannot retain the fight-or-flight response indefinitely; however, attacks can recur for hours after the first incident.

A study conducted in 1988 assessed the ability of self-directed hypnosis to treat panic attacks. After establishing a baseline for their symptoms, participants underwent 13 weeks of hypnotherapy, guided imagery, and revision of self-deprecating incidents. The post-therapy period and a six-month follow-up revealed a greater sense of control, eradication of pathological symptoms, and cessation of panic attacks.

Hypnosis for Pain Management

Pain may be chronic or acute. It is usually chronic, ongoing pain that significantly affects a person’s life in a negative way. This type of pain may originate from a disorder, an illness, or an injury. If it is severe enough, acute pain can be detrimental as well. Although opioids and strong painkillers are effective in reducing pain, their serious side effects send many sufferers looking for natural, more sustainable treatment options.

The efficacy of hypnosis to alleviate pain sensitivity, known as hypnoanalgesia, has been extensively studied and experimented. During medical procedures, hypnotherapy reduces the need for painkillers or sedatives, nausea, and the length of hospital stays. A 2002 cost analysis revealed that standard sedation for a radiology procedure was twice as expensive as hypnotic intervention. Hypnosis is known to reduce chronic pain like backaches, headaches, and fibromyalgia as well as acute pain associated with childbirth, burns, and dental work.
Birth Hypnosis can also help a mother to birth more comfortably.

Although hypnosis was once viewed with skepticism, it is being proven effective in the treatment of various maladies. Because panic attacks originate in the mind, it is no wonder that hypnotherapy, a process of relaxing and focusing the mind, can be used as treatment. When you consider the many unsafe options for pain relief, hypnosis is often reliable and virtually void of side effects.

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