In many countries overseas, hypnotherapy is being included more frequently in a variety of settings from emergency rooms, to dental offices and outpatient clinics. In Australia we are now beginning to see the benefits of utilizing this important component to assist patients in various medical and dental situations. Clinical studies suggest that hypnosis may improve immune function, increase relaxation, decrease stress, and ease feelings of anxiety.
Hypnotherapy is effective in reducing the fear and anxiety that accompany anticipated pain, including uncomfortable medical or dental procedures. Clinical trials indicate when hypnosis is used prior to a procedure patients stated they felt better prepared, more in control and more relaxed. When it is incorporated during the procedure, the patient tends to be medically more stable. After the procedure, recuperation tends to be faster with less pain experienced, therefore less pain medication being required. Research with burn patients suggest that hypnosis decreases pain sufficiently to dramatically reduce pain medication and speeds the healing process with fewer complications. Many dentists in Australia also use hypnotherapy as a method to control gaging, bleeding, fear and pain for their patients.
A hypnotherapist can teach you self-regulation skills. For instance, a client suffering with chronic pain may be educated how to turn their pain level down, like turning the volume of a radio down. Hypnotherapy can be an effective tool for managing chronic illnesses as well, with the same positive results. Self-hypnotherapy can enhance a sense of control, which is often eroded by chronic illnesses and/or chronic pain.
Children from the age of around 5-6 years and older tend to benefit very well from hypnosis. Probably because they often possess wonderful imaginations and are able to relax easily at that age. Clinical studies on children in emergency treatment centres show that hypnotherapy reduces fear, anxiety, and discomfort and improves self-control and co-operation with medical personnel.
Other conditions that respond well to hypnotherapy include, but are not restricted to:
* Anorexia and bulimia
* Bed wetting
* Cancer related pain management
* Irriatable bowel syndrome
* Labour and child birth
* Migraine headaches
* Skin disorders
* Sleep conditions such as insomnia
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