Holistic care is vital for long-term success in any pain management effort. Hypnosis therapy can play an important part in that care by enabling the patient to fully engage both mind and body in the healing effort.
Hypnotherapy Treatment in New York City
In New York City, Leonid Tafler, D.O. can supplement effective osteopathic treatment for pain and related symptoms with hypnotherapy to maximize pain relief outcomes.
What Is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic technique that uses hypnosis to mobilize the human mind and fully engage the subconscious in the healing and behavior-altering process. While popular media productions have long portrayed hypnosis as an almost mystical mesmerizing technique that seizes control of the mind, the reality is that this therapy is more self-reflection than mind-alteration. Patients who experience hypnosis are fully aware of the process, but enter a state of deep concentration and relaxation, enabling their mind to more effectively focus on relieving pain and other symptoms, as well as behaviors that they want to alter.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
During hypnosis therapy, patients experience a more relaxed and calm state, almost like a form of meditation. At the same time, patients enjoy hyper-awareness of their surroundings, which enables them to remain in complete control throughout the process. Hypnotherapy does not require suggestions for behavior modification, but instead allows the patient to better harness the power of the subconscious mind to impact the function of various bodily symptoms.
In many instances, accessing the subconscious in this way can provide patients with better insight into not just their undesirable habits, but also hidden stress, anxiety, and the body’s own pain response. Researchers have long known that there is a psychological component for chronic pain, and that emotions and mindset can substantially impact how the body evaluates pain signals. By engaging the subconscious, the patient can better understand that process and focus on changing those perceptions.
What Role Can Hypnosis Play in Your Treatment Plan?
For most patients, hypnosis can play an important role in treating pain symptoms. In addition, the subconscious mind can be an invaluable ally for changing behaviors that often contribute to stress, anxiety, and other emotional responses that can exacerbate pain and inhibit natural healing. Hypnosis has been effective for treating stress-related conditions like:
- Memory Problems
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Panic attacks
- Weight issues
From a pain-reduction standpoint, however, the primary role of hypnosis is in relieving and controlling pain. While anecdotal evidence had long supported hypnotherapy’s usefulness of mitigating pain, its effectiveness has now been largely confirmed by clinical studies. In fact, hypno-analgesia – the use of hypnosis to minimize sensitivity to pain – has been documented as an effective option for reducing pain, shortening treatment times, and providing better outcomes for pain management regimens. That effectiveness is even greater when hypnosis is used to alleviate acute pain of the type caused by tissue damage.
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If you are suffering from pain, injury, or other chronic conditions that require relief, hypnosis therapy may be an option for you. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for an examination and consultation. Dr. Tafler will work with you to develop a treatment plan to address your pain and other symptoms, and help you enjoy a healthier, more pain-free quality of life.