Hypnotherapy or hypnosis is an effective and safe form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). CAM describes any therapeutic treatment or method that is not generally performed by a medical doctor (M.D. or D.O.). Chiropractors and Massage Therapists are examples of CAM professionals. CAM therapeutic treatments can be used either independently or in conjunction with that of standard treatments. Although often viewed as a ‘new age’ modality, hypnotherapy has been in practice for hundreds of years. Clinical research studies have shown it to be effective in reducing pain, anxiety, emotional stress as well as reducing the physical symptoms of certain medical conditions. The exact mechanism of action has yet to be clearly identified however it is understood that hypnosis is simply a period of intense concentration and relaxation. This is a natural occurrence where you are intensely focused (think ‘daydreaming’) while fully conscious.
During a hypnotherapy session, a trained professional will utilize positive suggestions to bring about desired changes in your life. This is accomplished by accessing your subconscious via the use of repetitious words, sounds and/or visualizations.