Hypnosis – uses in pain management and surgical recovery

“Hypnotherapy — also called clinical hypnosis or hypnosurgery — has been used in Europe for minimally invasive procedures, such as hernia repair, lumpectomies, biopsies and some mastectomies in breast cancers for several decades. But in the United States, hospitals and doctors have shied away from the therapy.

Girish Joshi, an anesthesiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, who has studied, with European colleagues, using virtual reality in hypnosis, says that, in contrast to a quick injection, hypnosis takes time to implement, the response rate can be slower and the U.S. payment system is not geared to alternative medicine.”

Find the full article from the Washington Post here.

While I don’t have the advanced training to accompany someone into a surgical suite, I do use hypnosis to support pain management, and anxiety management prior to surgery. This article provides an excellent overview of how hypnosis is being used in medical settings in the US.

All the Ways We’ll Beat the Winter Blues This Season – The New York Times

When you live in Omaha, NE – or the surrounding area – dealing with the gloom of an overcast sky or the drama of dodging the potholes on the roadway are a part of life we all understand. And, mostly, we deal with it, knowing that milder weather, sunnier days, and repaired streets will all come our way in due time.

However, some of us suffer a lot more. Not exactly hibernation – but a withdrawal from life. A deeper sadness, a lack of energy, maybe even a sense of despondency that weighs heavily on us – and our relationships. The question, then: what to do?

The linked article will bring lots of ideas – I especially like the idea of bringing home a plant. Maybe that’s why, every year, area events like the Cathedral Flower Show and the Omaha Home and Garden Expo are so well-attended. Can’t make those? Lauritzen Garden or the Doorly Zoo will fill the gap nicely.

Need more help with depression? Please give me a call – let’s talk it over.

Source: All the Ways We’ll Beat the Winter Blues This Season – The New York Times 

Hypnosis for GERD – Severe Acid Reflux

Is spicy food impossible to tolerate? Other tummy trouble?

Hypnosis for GERD

Sixty million Americans deal with this uncomfortable sensation at least once a month — heartburn. It’s not only painful, but can be life-altering, or even deadly if ignored. No wonder that heartburn and other gastrointestinal medications are among the most popular drugs on the market. But these “miracle drugs” are far from perfect; some patients report mixed results and long-term side effects.

see the original article here

Some readers may know that I’ve used hypnosis to help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome for several years. I recently received a cross-country referral from the psychologist who is featured in the above article, Laurie Keefer, PhD. She worked with the North Carolina therapist who developed the IBS protocol to extend his work for those who suffer with GERD.
She generously shared the protocol with me.

Details

  • First, an assessment session for getting acquainted and questions. Then, 7 sessions, ideally spaced about 2 weeks apart. Hypnosis at every session – with a focus on deep relaxation and symptom change.
  • Solo/at-home hypnosis to be practiced everyday starting with the time of the 2nd session, through the end of treatment. And, hopefully, beyond that time, as well – to maintain comfort and support continued stress management.
Let me know if you have questions. Thanks!

Stress and GI Conditions

The normal stress of everyday life can aggravate certain GI conditions. And in a vicious cycle, worrying about or dwelling on severe pain, constipation, diarrhea and other GI symptoms can make the symptoms worse, which in turn increases the stress.

 

Read the full story from Science Daily

 

I have training in the use of hypnosis for the treatment of IBS. More information here. Please call or use my Contact Page for your questions.

10 Fundamental Truths That Will Change Your Life

Life goes a lot smoother once you let go of grudges and forgive even those who never said they were sorry. Grudges let negative events from your past ruin today’s happiness. Hate and anger are emotional parasites that destroy your joy in life.

Source: 10 Fundamental Truths That Will Change Your Life

It’s a rare person who never has to endure a rejection, a failure or an unexpected setback. Virtually everyone will grapple with regret, anger, even impulses for revenge.

If not dealt with successfully, this can hurt you and your most valuable relationships.

Sorting it out in therapy can be a way to bring a kind of closure and personal growth. Need help with this? I’d like to help.

Hypnosis May Be Effective for Cancer Pain, IBS, Headaches

Help for Medical Issues

Brain imaging studies demonstrate that hypnosis influences cortical areas and neurophysiological processes that underlie pain and emotions.

Are you open to a new approach to feeling better?

Having a chronic health issue can be stressful in and of itself. However, over time, suffering and loss of function can be especially discouraging. Simultaneously, we are starting to become aware of the trouble that can derive from the long-term use of opioid pain medications. They don’t always help the way we want them to; the danger of addiction looms for even cautious users after a very short time.

Medications can help with the symptoms of IBS; this can be combined with dietary changes suggested by your physician. Yet, many find that the result obtained are disappointing. Advancements have been made, too, for those who are troubled with migraine headaches. Biofeedback, medications, and trigger identification [allergies] all make for better adjustment.

Options are great

All of these treatment options are great, but I often hear that people’s response to care can be incomplete, or that medications have side effects that are challenging to manage. Is it time to consider clinical hypnosis?

The link below will take you to an online post that summarizes recent research and clinical findings. After reading, talk it over with your healthcare professional. Questions? Give me a call. 402-334-1122

Source: Clinical Hypnosis May Be Effective for Cancer Pain, IBS, Headaches

Is Hypnotherapy More Than Hype?

Hypnotherapy might be more helpful than you think. Consumer Reports fills you in what you need to know and explains whether this therapy is more than hype.

Source: Is Hypnotherapy More Than Hype?

The Source link will take you to an article from Consumer Reports – it does a nice job of outlining some of the things that hypnosis research has shown to be effective uses of the technique. If you have questions after reading the article, please contact me.