Does hypnosis work? Can it help me? What are the benefits?
These are the most frequently asked questions when people consider going to see a hypnotherapist. Some people may be understandably a little apprehensive about considering hypnosis as a treatment, usually because of misconceptions by what they have seen on the television or in films. But when you really think about the scientifically proven benefits that can come from hypnosis you’ll see why it's beginning to become a first choice treatment option instead of a last resort option for many.
Over the past few years, we have all started to see more and more people are starting to focus on more natural alternative treatments in order to solve many physical health and mental health challenges. There is a growing body of scientific research supporting the use of hypnosis and its benefits for treating a wide range of conditions, including weight loss, smoking, pain, stress, post-menopausal hot flashes, anxiety and phobias. "Hypnosis works and the empirical support is unequivocal in that regard. It really does help people," says Michael Yapko, PhD, a psychologist and fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
Hypnosis creates a highly relaxed state of inner concentration and focused attention for clients, and this technique can be customized to alleviate many conditions. Clients also become more empowered by learning self-hypnosis at home to reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, or alleviate some symptoms of depression or anxiety. If you’re like me, then you’ve either gone through or perhaps you're currently going through some personal challenges. Hypnosis has been proven to be a quick, safe and natural method for overcoming some of life’s challenges. Let’s find out more about some of them!
Hypnosis can help ease Chronic Pain.
Hypnosis has been most well-researched in the context of managing chronic pain and pain resulting from serious injury. Two meta-analyses of existing pain and hypnosis research, published in 2000 and 2009, cited hypnosis effective at lowering pain associated with a number of conditions, including fibromyalgia, arthritis and cancer.
A 2013 study found that among post-menopausal women who reported at least 50 hot flashes a week, five weekly hypnosis sessions cut hot flashes by 74 percent at least 12 weeks later.
Hypnosis has the ability to harness the powerful abilities of the mind, its often used to relieve anxieties related to medical procedures, like surgery, scans or even giving birth.
Hypnosis can help people change their eating habits and adopt healthy food choices, become motivated to exercise, eliminate cravings for unhealthy foods and drop the pounds! According to a Vanderbilt University review of the scientific literature, hypnosis works best for weight loss when combined with a sensible weight management plan and exercise.
Stress can cause multiple illnesses like diabetes, a very high blood pressure and even heart diseases. With hypnosis, your mind will be trained to relax upon command and thus the chances of acquiring such conditions will decrease drastically.
At the 2011 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, Jose Maldonado, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at Stanford University, reported that the success rate of hypnosis for smoking cessation may be as high as 64 percent.
Sleep disorders can be caused by stress or a variety of other issues, but hypnosis manages to interact with the psychological factors that cause such a problem and thus you will be able to feel much better and maintain a state of mental health unlike never before. Hypnosis can help treat the underlying psychological problem that is causing the sleep disturbance while at the same time it puts the body in a deeply relaxed state that helps the body and mind become rested and revitalized.
Hypnosis to help treat Anxiety and Depression
Some people are hesitant to take medication as a treatment for anxiety and depression because they don’t want to become dependent on these notoriously addictive medications. Other people are unable to find a medication that works effectively for them. Hypnosis is a drug-free and effective way to calm anxiety and to treat the symptoms of depression. By using hypnotic suggestions to eliminate the triggers of anxiety and depression. People that struggle with depression and anxiety are able to sometimes find complete relief from these conditions by using hypnosis.
All in all, the benefits of hypnosis are numerous. Allow yourself to experience how hypnosis can help you now. Feel free to call us today to find out how.
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