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Therapeutic Hypnosis to Improve Quality Life in Parkinson’s Disease

There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s Disease. However, recent research has shown that nutrition, exercise, and relaxation can help improve the common symptoms and elevate the quality of life for individuals with PD. In a 2012 case study, Dr. Michael Smith discovered that a regular routine of breathing exercises, combined with a systematic protocol of clinical hypnosis, improved dyskinesia (tremors), breathing, quality of sleep, appetite, weight-gain, skin colour, and overall symptoms for a PD patient. In a 2013 case study, researchers at Baylor University measured improvements as high as 94% in tremors, anxiety, sleep quality, stiffness, blood pressure, libido, and quality of life—following three sessions of weekly hypnotherapy.

Similar studies have found positive results for Parkinson’s patients using hypnotherapy to complement standard medical treatment, which may include dopamine-replacement therapy, deep-brain stimulation, botox, patches, or an implantable pulse generator.

WHAT TO EXPECT

If you decide to explore the option of hypnotherapy, here are some things to know …

Medical Referral

Before you begin, ask your primary physician whether clinical hypnosis may help with your overall treatment plan. If your doctor is trying a new medication, for example, he/she may want to see the results before adding a complementary therapy. A Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist can provide a referral form for your doctor to sign.

Consultation:

The aim of your consultation is for your hypnotherapist to get to know you, your history, and your goals. Come with one or two goals you would like to achieve. Some people with Parkinson’s have used clinical hypnosis to drive with a manual shift again. Some have used it to write a book.

What are your goals?

Hypnosis for relaxation

Hypnotherapy is the use of relaxation, concentration, and imagery to bring about a positive result. Your first session may be much like taking a nap. Through imagination and simple learning exercises, the goal of traditional hypnosis is to slowly re-train your mind-body connection so that you feel in control again.

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is now recommended by the World Health Organisation to manage any condition related to stress. For Parkinson’s, EMDR is used to loosen up repeated patterns and give you control of your thoughts, emotions, and physical movement. If you have ever felt stuck in the same pattern, EMDR can help get you moving again.

EFT

The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is very simple. Using your own fingertips and key acupressure meridian points, EFT is meant to stimulate growth, progress, and movement in your nervous system and in your emotions. The benefits include: clarity of mind, emotional balance, and a sense of being grounded in the present. The key to EFT is to have fun with it. It’s as simple as a child’s game. Allow it to work, and you may find that you get something from it. Your Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist can teach you a few EFT exercises that you can do on your own.

NLP

Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) is the science of feeling good, and having fun while you’re doing it. Using words, imagery, and simple exercises, NLP can help you tap into all of your inner resources and create success in your life.

HOMEWORK

Audio

Your Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist may give you audio recordings to listen to at home. Your CD or MP3 is designed to guide you through relaxation and breathing, and give you a tool to continue the progress you started in your sessions. Have fun with it, let your mind wander. It’s as easy as listening to music, and, like any exercise, you will get better each time you practice.

Nutrition

Nutrition does not solve everything, but the right nutrition can help maintain weight, boost energy, regulate digestion, and improve sleep. Your Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist may refer you to a nutritionist, or give you a list of nutrient-dense foods to add to your grocery list.

Breathing

Oxygen saturation helps every cell in your body, and breathing is the primary source of oxygen. Did you know that hypnosis can even help strengthen your breathing? Your hypnotherapist can help you, through relaxation exercises, to deepen your breaths and enrich your oxygen saturation—even when you are not thinking about it. You will be amazed what simple deep breathing can do for your health.

TAKE SMALL STEPS

You may find that, in hypnosis, you have a deep sense of relaxation, and a partial relief of tremors. By the end of your first session, you may notice that something positive is happening. What I have noticed with my clients at Empowering Hypnotherapy Clinic is that changes do happen. They are small, gradual, slow changes. There may be times when you feel completely normal, and an hour later, feel the old symptoms. This is part of the growth. All of the research in the field of using hypnosis for Parkinson’s Disease has shown that improvements take time. You are learning a new skill, and just like riding a bike, it takes a few tries to master the new skill. Take it slow, and allow your body to adjust.

Other benefits clients have reported are:

  • Longer sleeps
  • Increased appetite
  • Deeper breathing
  • More muscular control
  • Easier swallowing
  • More balance
  • More relaxation
  • More energy
  • Centered in the present

EVERYONE IS UNIQUE

You are unique. Certain tools, techniques, and imagery will work for you.

Tell your Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist what’s working, and together you can customize a plan that is just right for you.

TESTIMONIAL

A few months ago, I was introduced to hypnotherapy, as a helping tool to my long struggle with Parkinson’s disease … Read More

 

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References

Smith, M. “It’s All in Your Head.” From The Doctor RSS, September 12, 2012. Web.

Elkins, G. et al. “Feasibility of clinical hypnosis for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease: a case study,” in International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 2013, vol. 61 (2), 172-82.

 

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