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So it has been a while since I have done a blog post and the reason behind that is because I have had some Health problems. Thankfully I am all better now and am 100% healthy. Yay! So for my first blog back I thought I would write about my experiences with Medical Hypnotherapy or Hypnotherapy for pain.
My first ever experience of Hypnosis was actually when I was a teenager and I had chronic back pain. I was diagnosed with Arthritis and was given pain medication but it just wasn’t giving me any relief. After trying so many other natural remedies, I and my parents decided that I should give hypnotherapy a go. It worked. From the first session I was able to bring down my pain to a level of 5 out of 10. After that I had an MRI and the specialist told me that it was a misdiagnosis. The doctors thought that I should go off the pain medication and start taking anti depressants. I refused. I had enough of pills and wanted to just do Hypnotherapy. 2 sessions later I was getting my life back together and at 17 moved to Sydney. 🙂
What clients don’t realize about Medical Hypnotherapy or Hypnotherapy for pain, is that it is never about getting rid of the pain entirely. Pain is a signal and if Hypnotists take away the clients pain completely it could injure the client even more. So what is important is that Hypnotists bring the pain to a manageable level.
Medical Hypnosis is also used for Anxiety about any medical procedures. Last year I had a 7cm tumour in my lower abdomen that was effecting my digestive system. I felt nauseous a lot of the time and had very bad stomach pains. So not only did I use Hypnotherapy to bring the stomach pain down, I used it to manage the anxiety or fear of vomiting. It really made my mind focus on what my body needed and what signals it was giving me. Whether that was to stop and take a break or eat something specific to give me a little more energy.
When I finally had the operation I used Hypnosis to deal with the fear of having the procedure. I’d never had any experience of major surgery or any surgery for that matter. I also knew that it would be a long recovery process and was yet to find out if the tumour was cancerous or not. So there was a lot of Anxiety and the dreaded ‘What if’s” would come into my mind. But Hypnosis helped me mentally prepare for the procedure. To the point where when I was wheeled into the operating theatre I was excited. ahah. The doctors were so confused! It all went well and am happy to report the tumour was benign. 🙂
So that is my personal experience with using Hypnosis for medical problems. Hypnosis has also been proven to help with a variety of Medical problems including chronic pain, IBS, and more. Some more stats and information on studies done can be found here.
If you have a medical condition and want to find out how MTPA Sydney Hypnotherapy can help contact me here.
Till next time,