Many symptoms (such as pain, sleep deprivation, fatigue, and self-confidence issues) of certain physical conditions such as IBS and Fibromyalgia can be intensified because of feelings of stress, depression, and anxiety. By addressing these feelings of stress, depression and anxiety, hypnosis can not only help the person feel better, but also help them feel better equipped to deal with pain associated with their condition.
During hypnosis, your subconscious mind is taught how to deal with pain messages, as well as helping you relax and visualise a life without those symptoms. In a study carried out at the University of Iowa, using a group of fibromyalgia sufferers, the researchers noted that whilst in a hypnotic trance there was a reduced activity in the pain network area of the brain, particularly in the area of the brain responsible for ‘feeling’ pain. To aid with pain management, our body needs to release more naturally occurring endorphins (their job is to relieve stress and pain) to interact with the opiate receptors in the brain, which will reduce our perception of pain and act similarly to drugs. With high endorphin levels, we feel less pain and fewer negative effects of stress, anxiety, and depression. They boost our feelings of pleasure, resulting in a feeling of overall wellbeing.
Hypnosis can help those endorphins flow, by encouraging your subconscious brain to think and act positively. Other things we can do to help those happiness endorphins flow is interacting positively, thinking positively, and taking part in some positive activity.
In relation to sleep deprivation, hypnosis is used to enhance the quality of sleep and help you relax more, which in turn can improve symptoms as the body requires rest to heal, and if there isn’t much resting going on, there can’t be much healing!
As you can see, hypnotherapy can help with a range of conditions. To find out more, please feel free to contact me.