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Medical Hypnotherapy

Medical Hypnosis is available to relieve:

Chronic pain of all types - including fibromyalgia symptoms, neuropathy, chronic back pain, migraines and more

Chronic Insomnia - use brain neuroplasticity to relearn how to experience deep, relaxing sleep patterns again.

Surgical preparation and post-operative healing

Personal Development

Phobias, anxiety, depression, trauma related experiences

Decades of research show the effectiveness of medical hypnosis:

Interest in hypnosis for pain management has increased with recent evidence that hypnosis can reduce pain (and costs) associated with medical procedures (), and there are now an adequate number of controlled studies of hypnosis to draw meaningful conclusions from the literature regarding chronic pain ().

Chronic pain is a complex phenomenon that may be affected by emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and physiological responses and a multimodal treatment approach may be important for some chronic-pain patients.

The current review indicates that hypnotic interventions for chronic pain results in significant reductions in perceived pain that, in some cases, may be maintained for several months. Further, in a few studies, hypnotic treatment was found to be more effective, on average, than some other treatments, such as physical therapy or education, for some types of chronic pain.

13 published controlled articles that evaluated the efficacy of hypnosis for chronic pain... In each of the studies, the hypnosis intervention was demonstrated to be significantly more effective than a no-treatment condition in reducing pain in chronic-pain patients. Moreover, the efficacy of hypnosis in reducing pain was consistently confirmed for a wide variety of different chronic-pain conditions (e.g., cancer, low-back pain, arthritis pain, sickle cell disease, temporomandibular pain, disability-related pain). US National Library of Medicine (Hypnotherapy for the Management of Chronic Pain)

In a study conducted by Anderson (1975), migraine patients treated with hypnosis had a significant reduction in the number of attacks and in their severity compared to a control group who were treated with traditional medications. The difference did not become statistically significant until the second six-month follow-up period. In addition, at the end of one year, the number of patients in the hypnosis group who had experienced no headaches for over three months was significantly higher. The Hypnosis Network (Hypnosis and Headache Pain: The Research)

These studies show that hypnotherapy and natural methods of treating migraine headaches are more effective than using medication. The fact that hypnosis has no side effects and many prescription medications have many side effects makes hypnotherapy a more natural and safe approach to treating migraines. In addition to no side effects, many studies have shown that the effects of hypnosis are more lasting and beneficial compared to the use of medication.Natural News (Hypnosis Benefits Migraines) 

Research scientists have been studying the affects of hypnotherapy on pain since the 1970s. Since that time, research has indicated that hypnosis can help migraine sufferers manage their pain symptoms. Migraine Blog (Hypnosis for Migraine)

After one year, minimal-contact therapy was nearly $500 cheaper than drug treatment, according to the study published in the June 2011 issue of the journal Headache.

 

Hypnosis for IBS now offered - call 603-217-2755 for appointments in our Tallahassee office

Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) are a group of more than 20 health problems that include the most prevalent ailments of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract (Drossman, 2006). Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common of these problems in adults, affecting 10%–15% of the general population (Drossman, Camilleri, Mayer, & Whitehead, 2002). In children, functional abdominal pain (FAP) ranks as one of the most common of all chronic pain (Perquin et al., 2000) and has been estimated to afflict up to 19% of all children (Chitkara, Rawat, & Talley, 2005). By definition, FGIDs do not have biological or structural causes (even though that picture has been clouding in recent years as potential biological factors, such as genetic variations, inflammatory mediators, and altered gut microbiota, are being identified as associated with these disorders, at least for subgroups of patients; Lee & Park, 2014). Instead they are traditionally conceptualized as complex multi-factorial conditions with a range of causal factors that contribute to abnormal intestinal tract function and perception. These factors include hypersensitivity of the intestines to pain stimuli, smooth muscle hyper-reactivity of the intestina lwall,and dysfunctions in regulation by the brain of gut functions and/or processing of sensations from the gut (Drossman et al., 2002). The brain is further implicated as contributing to FGIDs by the fact that multiple studies have found that stress amplifies the GI symptoms of these disorders (Whitehead, 1996) and that individuals with FGIDs are far more likely to have elevated symptoms of anxiety and depression and diagnosable affective disorders compared to other medical patients and healthy individuals (Levy et al., 2006; Whitehead, Palsson, & Jones, 2002). 

Functional Gastrointestinal Diseases (FGIDs) have shown themselves to be hard to treat effectively and tend to have a chronic course of intermittent symptom episodes across many years. IBS may be expected to endure for 10 or more years in about half of cases (Halder et al., 2007; Olafsdottir, Gudjonsson, Jonsdottir, Bjornsson, & Thjodleifsson, 2012). Pediatric abdominal pain will in 60%–70% of cases resolve in 5–9 years (Horst et al., 2014; Mulvaney, Lambert, Garber, & Walker, 2006), whereas 40% of children continue to report abdominal pain, and 30% will struggle with an anxiety disorder in early adulthood (Horst et al., 2014; Shelby et al., 2013).

Standard medical treatment proves ineffective for a substantial proportion of FGID patients (Whitehead et al., 2004), leaving as much as half of them without clear options for symptom relief once medications, lifestyle adjustments, and diet changes have been tried without avail. Because of the evident involvement of psychological factors and brain–gut dysfunction in FGIDs, psychological treatments have been extensively tested as adjunctive therapies in efforts to improve the unsatisfactory clinical outcomes for these disorders.

The success rate for patients who complete these standardized treatments is in the range from to 52% to 93% for IBS and is 73% for FAP in children. This is an impressive response considering that the subjects who have participated in the studies have almost without exception already been unresponsive to all other treatments.

In one test, ten months after the end of their hypnosis treatment, 24 subjects were contacted by phone for follow-up assessment of their symptom status. All of the 21 treatment responders reported that their symptoms still remained improved, rating their current symptoms as 40%–100% better compared to pre-treatment status. 

In another test, symptom outcomes were assessed in a more stringent manner than in the prior studies, requiring at least 50% reduction in the validated IBS Symptom Severity Scale Score (Francis,Morris,&Whorwell,1997) to deem a subject to be a responder. After 6 months, response rate was 53% in the hypnosis group, which was significantly higher than the 26% seen in the usual medical care comparison group. The quality-of-life scores of hypnosis group individuals also improved more than in the comparison groups.The hypnosis responders maintained their treatment improvement at their 6-month follow-up. 


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medical care efforts for their disorders before trying this alternative.

 

Medical Hypnosis is also available to relieve:

Chronic pain of all types - including fibromyalgia symptoms, neuropathy, chronic back pain, migraines and more

Chronic Insomnia - use brain neuroplasticity to relearn how to experience deep, relaxing sleep patterns again

 

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