In truth no one looks forward to an operation or medical procedure, it’s no fun. So to feel a bit anxious is a completely normal, healthy human reaction. But for some people the fear can be overwhelming. In some cases it can lead to avoidance, like the unfortunate individual whose teeth are blackened from decay because they are scared to visit the dentist.
Just as serious is the potential negative effects that anxiety can have upon your immune system. Research from the field of Psychoneuroimmunology tells us that anxiety has the effect of suppressing your immune system, thereby leaving you susceptible to other illnesses, complications as well as reducing your ability to heal properly.
Hypnosis For Medical Procedures Can Help You If You;
Apart from these specific examples I believe that hypnosis for medical procedures can have a significant effect on your immune system and improve your post operative recovery and rehabilitation.
Patrick, a successful businessman, was referred to me for help with significant anxiety about a forthcoming operation. He had already had an operation two years previously as a result of inflammatory bowel disease. Due to complications he needed a second operation but he had become very negative and increasingly anxious that he would suffer further complications just as he had done two years before.
The focus of the therapy was to deal with his underlying anxiety and rebuild his belief in his ability to heal effectively. In addition, hypnosis was used to increase his motivation to exercise so that he would be in good physical condition, to help him in his post operative recovery. I also gave Patrick a set of specially recorded hypnosis CD’s which were designed keep him calm and relaxed as well as provide hypnotic suggestions for effective and speedy healing. The CD’s were to be played daily from the moment he left the operating theatre.
Patrick responded brilliantly. By the time he was admitted to hospital, he had lost ten pounds, was walking up to seven miles a day, but more than anything else he was in a positive frame of mind and ready for action.
Patrick made a full and complete recovery. More than that he required less pain medication and was back at work much quicker than had been anticipated.