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Hypnosis is a tool, not a cure in and of itself. It is used for stress management, stress related disorders, dental and medical anxiety and anesthesia, even in obstetrics.  It is also used for pain management, including pain associated with cancer; as an adjunct to psychotherapy, and in the management of a wide range of phobic, anxiety and other medical and psychological problems. 

Hypnosis can also help change your subconscious programming, putting the power of your mind towards improving your life.  Many clinicians find that using hypnosis complements their therapeutic practice. Most hypnotic processes can be accomplished in a light to medium state of trance, where the patient or client has a clear memory of what was said or done.

           Uses of Hypnosis in Behavioral medicine and Psychotherapy

  •  Anxiety and Stress management

  •  Depression

  •  Sleep disorders

  •  Sexual dysfunction

  •  Concentration difficulties, test anxiety and learning disorders

  •  Sports and athletic performance

  •  Obesity and weight control

  •  Smoking cessation

  •  Bedwetting

  •  Controlling habit/behavioral disorders, such as trichotillomania

           Medical applications of Hypnosis

  • Gastrointestinal disorders (ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, Crohn’s disease)

  • Dermatologic disorders(eczema, herpes, neurodermatitis, pruritus, warts)

  • Pain (back pain, headaches and migraines, cancer pain, arthritis or rheumatism)

  • Burns. Hypnosis is not only effective for the pain, but when hypnotic anesthesia   and  feelings of coolness are created in the first few hours after a significant burn, it can reduce inflammation and promote healing

  • Nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and pregnancy

  • Controlling asthma and allergic responses

  • Childbirth: Based on anecdotal evidence, approximately two thirds of women have been found capable of using hypnosis as the sole analgesic for labor. This eliminates the risks that medications can pose to both mother and child

           Uses of Hypnosis in Dentistry

  • Relaxation and anxiety control

  • Fear elimination

  • Quelling undesirable habits (tongue thrust, reverse swallowing, TMJ Dysfunction, bruxism, clenching)

  • Prevention of gagging and nausea

  • Analgesia, anesthesia for pain control


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