As a physician or healthcare provider improving your patients quality of life and creating wellness is your top priority. Often you may find your time limited and due to the demands of the modern medical practice find you are unable to spend as much time as you would like with each patient. Partnering with a consulting hypnotist allows you to greatly improve your patients well being.
The Schnuer study of 2007 showed that breast cancer patients who underwent a hypnotherapy session prior to surgery required less sedation during the surgery. Post-surgery, they experienced less nausea and pain. In fact, hypnosis treatment was shown to have saved the hospital $770 per patient. I currently engage with local physicians and am able to see patients in your office under Medicare Part B as a subcontractor. As an alternative you may choose to refer the patient to me directly as self pay. Below are some of the most common diagnosed conditions that hypnotherapy can greatly improve.
- Chronic Pain
- Surgical Prep & Recovery
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Sleep Improvement
As a referring physician you can provide a prescription for hypnosis for any and all conditions. Below are some clinical studies to consider from the NIH and other published clinical research http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/. Your questions are always welcome. I look forward to partnering with you to help your patients.
Hypnosis for Acute Procedural Pain: A Critical Review.
Clinical evidence for the effectiveness of hypnosis in the treatment of acute procedural pain was critically evaluated based on reports from randomized controlled clinical trials (RCTs). Results from the 29 RCTs meeting inclusion criteria suggest that hypnosis decreases pain compared to standard care and attention control groups and that it is at least as effective as comparable adjunct psychological or behavioral therapies. In addition, applying hypnosis in multiple sessions prior to the day of the procedure produced the highest percentage of significant results. Hypnosis was most effective in minor surgical procedures. However, interpretations are limited by considerable risk of bias. Further studies using minimally effective control conditions and systematic control of intervention dose and timing are required to strengthen conclusions.
Efficacy of Conversational Hypnosis and Propofol in Reducing Adverse Effects of Endoscopy.
As pain and nausea is usually associated with endoscopy procedure, its management is important to alleviate patients’ anxious in this regard.
The present study aimed to examine the effectiveness of conversational hypnosis in reducing anxiety and endoscopy-related complications as well as its role in increasing the satisfaction of patients exposed to endoscopic procedures.
PATIENTS AND METHODS:
The participants of upper GI endoscopy procedure were randomly assigned to an experiment group (with conversational hypnosis intervention, n = 93) and a control group (n = 47). The participants’ hemodynamic indexes (HR, blood pressure, pulse oximetry), anxiety, satisfaction level, and complications resulted from the procedure were monitored and included in the self-administered questionnaire.
The results indicated that the participants in experiment group had a significant reduction of anxiety in the posttest. The adverse side effects such as vomiting, nausea, and hiccups in the experimental group was less than the control group, though this difference was not significant (P = 0.54).
The results suggested that conversational hypnosis technique could reduce anxiety as well as the sedation process in invasive procedures such as endoscopy.
Hypnosis Treatment of Gastrointestinal Disorders: A Comprehensive Review of the Empirical Evidence.
Hypnotherapy has been investigated for 30 years as a treatment for gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. There are presently 35 studies in the published empirical literature, including 17 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that have assessed clinical outcomes of such treatment. This body of research is reviewed comprehensively in this article. Twenty-four of the studies have tested hypnotherapy for adult irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and 5 have focused on IBS or abdominalpain in children. All IBS hypnotherapy studies have reported significant improvement in gastrointestinal symptoms, and 7 out of 10 RCTs in adults and all 3 RCTs in pediatric patient samples found superior outcomes for hypnosis compared to control groups. Collectively this body of research shows unequivocally that for both adults and children with IBS,hypnosis treatment is highly efficacious in reducing bowel symptoms and can offer lasting and substantial symptom relief for a large proportion of patients who do not respond adequately to usual medical treatment approaches. For other GI disorders the evidence is more limited, but preliminary indications of therapeutic potential can be seen in the single randomized controlled trials published to date on hypnotherapy for functional dyspepsia, functional chest pain, and ulcerative colitis. Further controlled hypnotherapy trials in those three disorders should be a high priority. The mechanisms underlying the impact of hypnosis on GI problems are still unclear, but findings from a number of studies suggest that they involve both modulation of gut functioning and changes in the brain’s handling of sensory signals from the GI tract.
Improving sleep and cognition by hypnotic suggestion in the elderly.
Sleep quality markedly declines across the human lifespan. Particularly the amount of slow-wave sleep (SWS) decreases with age and this decrease is paralleled by a loss of cognitive functioning in the elderly. Here we show in healthy elderly females that the amount of SWS can be extended by a hypnotic suggestion “to sleep deeper” beforesleep. In a placebo-controlled cross-over design, participants listened to hypnotic suggestions or a control tape before a midday nap while high density electroencephalography was recorded. After the hypnotic suggestion, we observed a 57% increase in SWS in females suggestible to hypnosis as compared to the control condition. Furthermore, left frontal slow-wave activity (SWA), characteristic for SWS, was significantly increased, followed by a significant improvement in prefrontal cognitive functioning after sleep. Our results suggest that hypnotic suggestions might be a successful alternative for widely-used sleep-enhancing medication to extend SWS and improve cognition in the elderly.