Hypnosis Can Help Teens Get the Sleep They Need

July 10th, 2013 § Comments Off on Hypnosis Can Help Teens Get the Sleep They Need § permalink

Hypnosis can help teens get the sleep they need. The majority of teenagers developmental changes take place in the brain during sleep.

We all know that teens go through emotional, physical, and psychological changes as they enter adulthood. According to this study, Sleep Study Reveals How the Adolescent Brain Makes the Transition to Mature Thinking, the majority of these developmental changes take place in the brain during sleep.

Unfortunately for many teens, their sleep cycles, and the quality of their sleep, are compromised by over stimulation, excess stress and anxiety, and sometimes the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol. It is clear that getting a full night’s sleep, uninterrupted, is critical for the successful brain development of our teens. Parents can help by monitoring the types and number of responsibilities their teens have. Many adolescents are overwhelmed with school work, participation in sports, music classes, part-time jobs, family and/or church responsibilities, the social pressures of being a teenager, and more. Add into the mix a dysfunctional family environment, poverty conditions, poor diet and depression, and you have a crisis situation.

Hypnosis can’t change one’s life situation, but it can make it easier to prioritize, to remain calm, and most importantly, to get a full night of uninterrupted restorative sleep on a regular basis. Maintaining a regimen of quality sleep for teens is critical to their brain development. Hypnosis is a great way to develop and maintain healthy sleep patterns at any age.

Phantom Limb Pain and Hypnosis

July 3rd, 2013 § Comments Off on Phantom Limb Pain and Hypnosis § permalink

Phantom Limb Pain and Hypnosis: Phantom limb pain is caused by the nerves that would normally communicate energy to an amputated or missing limb. Hypnosis can help rewire the brain.

Phantom limb pain is a very interesting phenomenon. It is the sensation that the amputated or missing limb is still attached to the body, and is actually moving with other body parts. Phantom pain happens when the nerves that would normally communicate energy to the missing limb cause pain. The pain sensations are generally described as burning sensations or other strange sensations that can be very agonizing for some people. Some experience temperature change in the missing limb,  itchiness, or the sensation that the limb is in an uncomfortable position and causing great discomfort.

A variety of treatments to alleviate phantom pain are available including  medication, physical treatment, nerve block, neuromodulation, and surgical treatment. Mirror therapy is another option for pain relief, and based on what we know about the subconscious mind, it makes a lot of sense. You may recall, from previous posts, that the subconscious mind does not discriminate between actually doing something and pretending or thinking about doing something.

In mirror therapy, a mirror box is used to trick the brain into thinking, and seeing, that the missing limb still exists. The patient places the good limb in a position that is reflected back in a way that makes the brain see two matching limbs. The patient then makes movements with the good limb, and the brain sees the reflected imagine of both limbs moving. Through the use of this artificial visual feedback, it becomes possible for the patient to “move” the phantom limb into a comfortable position.

Hypnosis is often used for pain management and in the case of phantom pain, it seems clear to me how valuable it can be to practice “seeing” the missing limb moving and responding in a way the helps to alleviate the pain. Again, the subconscious mind does not know the difference between doing and pretending. For those who are not visual, they can improve the degree of pain they experience by engaging in the “feeling” sense of the limb moving. The power of our mind is phenomenal, and hypnosis can expedite the desired outcome in many cases.



Using Hypnosis to Quit Smoking

July 31st, 2012 § Comments Off on Using Hypnosis to Quit Smoking § permalink

Making the decision to give up the smoking habit can be one of the most important decisions a person can make. There is a big difference between wishing you didn’t smoke, and making the decision to quit. As noted in my article entitled Decision Making vs Wishful Thinking I give a clear explanation of the difference between these two states, and how the effectiveness of hypnosis correlates to which one you’re in.

For those who have made the decision to give up the smoking habit, hypnosis is an excellent way to make that journey easier, quicker, and permanent. Recent studies find that hypnosis is an effective smoking-cessation technique. (e.g. Can Hypnosis Snuff Out a Smoker’s Cigarette Habit?) » Read the rest of this entry «

The Use of Hypnosis for Medical Procedures

October 18th, 2011 § Comments Off on The Use of Hypnosis for Medical Procedures § permalink

Hypnosis is often used instead of, or in conjunction with anesthesia, for a variety of medical procedures. In this report, which appeared on the CBS Health Watch segment of the Early Show, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/04/22/earlyshow/health/main4033962.shtml hypnotherapist Alex Lenkel volunteers to go under the knife for a surgical procedure on his hand, completely free of anesthesia.

Dental hypnosis is also very popular, and can aide patients who suffer anxiety in the dentist’s chair in addition to reducing or completely eliminating pain. Hypnosis is a great advantage for those allergic to Novocain, those who suffer with needle phobias, and those who suffer with hemophilia.

It is also becoming more and more popular to use hypnosis during childbirth, and yes, it is possible to have a completely painless childbirth! » Read the rest of this entry «

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