I am constantly being asked, "Why should I be hypnotized if _________________?" The "if" is usually something like "if I can just take a pill" or "if I can just ride my motorcycle", et cetera. I understand those questions and I am, nor will I ever be, opposed to using every means necessary to improve our lives. However, sometimes, most times, those are simply just patches; they don't address the root cause of our issues. When's the last time you talked about your problems with a pill??
It works because it helps to remove those "road-blocks" at a fundamental level. What do I mean by a fundamental level? I mean the sub-conscious mind. That part of us that's responsible for the decisions we make, that make no sense...
For example, to the person who just goes for a motorcycle ride; why is it motorcycles in the first place? Why not horses or something? The motorcyclist (I am one by the way) feels a connection to the experience of riding. It IS therapeutic but it does not resolve the issue that induced the need to ride the motorcycle!
Hypnosis works by addressing the need, the want, the desire and the problem, all at once. It works because it helps to erode the internal conflicts we experience as human beings. It makes it easier to resolve those issues and enjoy riding the motorcycle even more enjoyable (P.S. replace motorcycle with something else if you need to!).
That's great, but what about physical issues?
Well, did you know that studies indicated that post-surgery patients in hypnosis treatment groups had better clinical outcomes than 89% of patients in control groups (Montgomery, David, Winkel, Silverstein, Bovbjerg, 2002)?
89%. That's eight-nine percent...better. These patients recovered more quickly, experienced better recovery overall than those who did not undergo hypnosis.
Chronic pain, fibromyalgia, acute short-term pain (Elkins, Jensen and Patterson, 2007), and even dental patients (Connelly, 2011) have been treated using hypnosis in conjunction with standard medical practices. We call this "adjunctive" treatment in my profession; meaning "in addition to".
So, what about it?
Many, or even most of my clients come to me as a last resort. I honestly wish I was the first resort, but I digress. I have observed that many of them arrive at the conclusion that the quick fixes they were using previously don't take care of what is going on inside. There's a "war" in their that they've discovered they're losing. They need an ally. Or maybe they just need to make peace; with themselves.
Maybe you're reading this right now. Perhaps there are some skeptical thoughts floating around in your mind as you're reading this very sentence. That's okay, I've heard them all. I'd be skeptical, too. But that's why I referenced real studies, from real professionals, in other fields.
But for the person who's reading this article of mine and thinking, "Maybe he's right...", I hope you take the time to find out for yourself if it's right.
You're not giving anything up...
That's a common, emotional, misconception. You're gaining something. Something you've maybe been missing for a long time. I wonder what that might be? I wonder if you know what it is? If not, I wonder if you're willing to discover what it is?
Just a thought.
Here's a video from my Facebook page discussing this very topic:
Connelly, T. (2011). Hypnosis and Dentistry. Retrieved 10 May, 2017, from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thomas-p-connelly-dds/hypnosis-and-dentistry_b_1108332.html
Elkins, G., Jensen, M., and Patterson, D. (2007). Hypnotherapy for the Management of Chronic Pain. Retrieved 10 May, 2017, from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2752362/
Montgomery, G., David, D., Winkel, G., Silverstein, J., and Bovbjerg, D. (2002). The effectiveness of adjunctive hypnosis with surgical patients: a meta-analysis. Retrieved 10 May, 2017, from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12032044