Yes, it is true that are living in a time when there are incredible advances in medicine that are available to us. But, when you think about it, every generation before us has felt that way. And it is also true that the next generation will feel that we experienced medicine as a blunt instrument and they have access to the latest medical miracles.
Take surgery, for example, there are so many minimally invasive technologies available so the huge scars of former operations are less visible. But when you are advised about the need for a surgery and everything leading up to it, the stress and anxiety begin immediately. How does medicine handle this? Why, a pill, of course. And it’s more drugs from there to the finish.
But what if you could mediate your own handling of an operation from diagnosis through the actual surgery to recuperation?
Well, you have that possibility with hypnotherapy.
Scientists have already determined that 95% of everything we know, do, and react to is in our subconscious mind. The conscious mind is only 5%. That’s a huge difference and it’s a no-brainer to engage with the subconscious in hypnosis as an informed and powerful participant in your life.
When you think about it, it’s the subconscious that is keeping the body humming along. It is the conductor of all the bodily systems from the heart’s pumping and blood flow, the nervous system, digestion, cell division… well, everything. Imagine if you had to use your conscious mind to keep everything working… impossible! The only bodily function we can (sometimes) control is breathing, though the subconscious takes over that too when we stop paying attention to it.
There has been a lot of research into hypnosis used before surgery and the results are overwhelmingly positive.
The treatment starts after the diagnosis when the patient is primed to relax and prepare with confidence. Then the pre-surgery where the subconscious is engaged to direct what actually goes on in the patient’s mind during the surgery. As previously mentioned, the subconscious is in charge of all the bodily functions so having set the path of success the research has shown that there is less bleeding, less time in the OR, and less anesthesia
There is also research which points to quicker recuperation and less pain after using hypnosis.
The thing about hypnosis is that we are already experiencing it without realizing that we are. We are in focused attention, just like hypnosis, when we get engrossed in a book or a movie. We forget where we are and, for all intents and purposes, we are just in the moment. It is then that we are highly suggestible and we react to the movie or take in the hypnotic suggestions that allow relaxation about the surgery and belief in the outcome.
It is powerful stuff.
One of my clients was facing a surgery to remove presumed cancer spots which were visible on her lungs. She had the same surgery 6 years previously and it had left her in constant pain. Needless to say, she was frightened about what they would find and in what condition she would be left.
We did a deep hypnotherapy session and went through the whole event in her mind. On the morning of the surgery there was a two-hour delay but she was very calm as she waited. And during the procedure it was found that the spots were benign and they were able to correct the previous botched surgery. The whole event happened in less time than predicted and her recuperation was quicker than expected.
The best part was that her constant pain
was gone and it opened up her life.
So, think about it… if hypnotherapy can make such a difference before surgery why would anyone proceed without it? Perhaps because they didn’t realize how much it could help.
But if you have read this far, now you know.