Back in the mid-1950s, both the American and British Medical Associations accepted hypnosis as a viable source, and yet today, hypnosis is criticized widely as being just another one of those ineffective, new-age treatments.
The reason that hypnosis is often perceived to be a sham is largely due to the media. When we think of hypnotists we picture mysterious characters that are often holding pocket watches or spiraled black-and-white gadgets. In reality, hypnotists are people who want to help people change their way of thinking about life situations.
Hypnosis helps the client to access their unconscious behaviors. Once a hypnotist is able to access the subconscious, the client learns empowerment through the power of positive suggestion. As a result, individuals are more likely to live healthier by abandoning their negative habits/behaviors such as smoking, poor eating habits that can cause weight gain, sleeping patterns, pain and stress.
Hypnosis for Pain & Stress
Although we all feel stress at some point in our lives, too much pressure on an individual can cause headaches, depression and other negative habits like onychophagia (nail-biting) or trichotillomania (hair-pulling). Hypnosis can help individuals gain a brighter outlook on life by sending the brain cues on how and when to take a break from stress and just relax.
Because hypnosis works by minimizing your daily distractions, it can also help with pain management for individuals who are suffering from a number of forms of pain, including arthritis.