Sometimes people call asking if hypnosis can be used for a physical problems. My answer is always the same - “sometimes”. I tell prospective clients to see their general practitioner who will diagnose and perhaps refer them on to a specialist. Hypnotherapists are rarely medical doctors and should not be the first way to deal with a health problem. However, hypnotherapy can be a valuable tool in the tool box in dealing with a medical issue.
As I have mentioned before on other blog posts, I always start with a free consultation so people can understand the process and spend some time to be with me and get their questions answered. It is also a time for me to make sure that what they want from their session is an appropriate use for hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy is not a magic wand. I often tell clients that I can’t make them fly by flapping their arms no matter how much hypnosis is done. It can be a great tool in dealing with medical issues. It can be used for everything from treating chronic pain like arthritis to acute pain experienced in childbirth. You can find a whole article on medical hypnosis in another post on this blog if you are interested.
Sometimes a client presents with a medical issue I have not worked with before. Recently, a woman came to me after being diagnosed with cervical dystonia, a painful condition in which the neck muscles contract involuntarily, causing the head to twist or turn to one side. She had had multiple treatments and was still in pain and uncomfortable.
I explained that if she wanted to proceed, we would do one session. The least she could expect was a nice, relaxing session with similar results to a massage. She chose to do one session. Here is the e-mail I received yesterday:
“Dear Dr. Johnson,
I wanted to touch base with you regarding my neck and the session I had with you.
It absolutely did make a difference. I am 75% improved. I can drive, turn my head,
relax easier. I have used the tape twice now. (Note: In actuality, my clients record
on their cell phone) You were right, with each session I am more relaxed. I will
continue to use it and am hopeful I can stay where I am physically. I am eager to
share my experience with you with my neurologist. I will keep you posted.”
Notice she did not say she was 100% cured. She had improvement which was exciting for her.
Notice she was going back to her neurologist. This is important. Hypnotherapy is an an adjunct
therapy to the medical care of her physicians.
If you are having a health or physical problem, ask your doctor if hypnotherapy might be another
tool in your tool box.