What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis or “Hypnotherapy” (as it is more properly termed) is a technique that uses mental cues to effect a physical state. It involves an inductive trance-like state where the person receiving the therapy can experience a very relaxing form of training in which to change behaviors. Recent studies have shown that hypnosis can be beneficial in acute anxiety disorders such as panic disorder.
Scientific Research Supports Hypnosis
Several studies have begun to identify the positive benefits of Hypnotherapy in the treatment of anxiety disorders (a class of disorders where patients experience irrational or excessive worrying that can be complicated with physical ailments such as chest pains and shortness of breath). In 2010, a report from Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, researchers found that hypnosis is safe and effective as a method to treat and manage anxiety disorders. Moreover, they found “compelling evidence” that suggests Hypnotherapy can be used to treat physical health problems such as irritable bowl syndrome and migraine headaches.
More studies have shown that hypnosis can be used as a preventative method to treat anxiety disorders that are triggered by stressful situations. This is done by setting up positive self-empowering cues or “nudges” that the person can use as an anchor in situations of extreme duress. Hypnosis as a means of preconditioning patients for stressful situations has been proven useful in medical procedures. A 2006 research study found that 76% of patients who were treated with a hypnosis induction prior to surgery felt less anxious before going into the operating room.
How can YOU use the benefits of Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is typically performed by a hypnotherapist. A proven hypnotist can help train your mind to think differently about situations and set up a treatment program for your unique situation that may include personalized recorded inductions.
Should You Use Hypnosis to Treat Anxiety?
If you are considering the benefits of hypnosis in your life, the best thing to do is to call us. We can help you to determine the best course of action for you personally.