Any pain or discomfort that is impacting your life is difficult to deal with. Most therapists, whether they are osteopaths, physiotherapists or sports therapists are trained just primarily to resolve the physical symptoms of pain, but not the emotional trauma that comes along with physical ailments. At the Movement and Wellbeing Clinic we understand the confusion, panic, stress and frustration an individual can experience while going through such a journey to conquer their aches and pains. A key strategy in this dilemma for some individuals may be hypnotherapy.
Now we’ve all experienced some form of hypnosis. Think about when we experience that nice wave of relaxation while drifting off to sleep but you are semi-conscious, or when you’re driving home and you’re conscious of the drive but you don’t remember any of the details of the road (otherwise called ‘’highway hypnosis’’). A personal favourite of mine is when you begin working on a project and two hours go by before you realise how long you’ve been sat there, preoccupied. Any time when you felt ‘miles away’ is more than likely a self-induced hypnotic state. How can this be used as a mental health treatment? Does it even work? This blog will give you a good understanding of hypnotherapy and hopefully answer those questions.
What is hypnotherapy?
Most people disregard hypnotherapy and hypnosis as a weird and mysterious charlatan practice, but this scepticism is unjustified and very unhelpful as it may put people off hypnotherapy where it can be an extremely positive intervention for a variety of issues.
Hypnotherapy uses the power of suggestion to facilitate positive change in the mind. Hypnotherapy is commonly used for:
- Changing behaviours
- Getting rid of stress and anxiety
- Installing new behaviours such as increased confidence, increased stress tolerance etc.
- Overcoming fears and phobias
- Breaking bad habits such as smoking, drinking etc.
- Weight loss
- Medical procedures (used instead of anaesthetic)
- Personal development
How does hypnotherapy feel?
Someone who is hypnotised remains fully awake, but they may appear to be asleep. Sleep and hypnosis are different things, but they have a similar impact on the brain.
When you lie down on the couch with your eyes closed, you’ll feel very relaxed and comfortable. The therapist will guide you through the induction which will make you focus on areas of your body, then will start to ‘’install’’ the positive messages that have been pre-agreed discussed and agreed upon before the session. You will hopefully visualise the journey the therapist is taking you on in this relaxed state.
Busting the myth: you CANNOT get Hypnotised against your will
First of all, it is against all ethics to hypnotise someone against their will. Therapists are there to help through structured outcome measures which have been agreed beforehand. Secondly, the level of hypnosis we employ at the Movement and Wellbeing Clinic is too superficial to induce the sort of trance that could possibly make you feel like you lose control, and even if it was a deep trance, you cannot make someone do something against their moral code.
Not only will be you not be able to get be hypnotised against your will, hypnotherapy is less effective if:
- You have a fear of hypnosis
- You have an unprepared therapist
- You feel physically uncomfortable
- You dislike the hypnotherapist
- You fear failure with hypnotherapy
- You are being resistant/defiant
- You find it hard to lose personal control
- You dislike the technique
Why do we offer hypnotherapy alongside osteopathy?
The mind and body are heavily integrated. To give a simple example of this, you can’t feel a soft sponge on your skin without the physical sensation against your skin being relayed to your brain. Chronic emotional and physical pain are also well connected, albeit not identical. Both are uncomfortable, both are motivational to most people to find a resolution and both can be treated in a similar way.
There has been a lot of research to suggest that manual therapy (osteopathy, physiotherapy and sports therapy etc.) can be as effective as surgery and cognitive therapies (hypnotherapy, CTB etc.). At the Clinic, we also found that in the case of more chronic pain, integrating osteopathy and hypnotherapy gives outstanding results. This is also a combination that no one else offers in conjunction with each other in the Manchester area, which may be the perfect mix of treatment for managing and resolving your chronic condition.
We offer this research-based medical type of hypnotherapy, which has been proven to help you through the anxiety and stress of day-to-day life living with pain, discomfort and fatigue.
We acknowledge that pain and discomfort is a tough situation to overcome, and for non-judgemental treatment by someone who understands your situation and how to get out of it, please feel free to contact us using the details below.
Ed Madeley MOst,
0161 209 3980