Welcome to my new hypnotherapy blog
- Understanding Long Covid
Long Covid is a developing story. There are several large ongoing studies which span the world, and the results from their data s beginning to help us in our understanding. This blog looks at some of the developing story, and begins to consider what aspects of Long Covid are most likely to affect our clients and the general populace.
One of the hardest parts of recovering from long covid is often reported to be the uncertainty. There are some factors which seem to pre-determine people to Long Covid, but studies are in their infancy, as the long term impact on physical and mental health continues to be assessed.
Ongoing studies and information – who suffers from Long Covid?
- People who were hospitalised
Studies show that people who are hospitalised after having Covid show lengthy recovery periods, also known as Long Covid, as the damage done to their bodies heals. Up to 39% of people surveyed after leaving hospital either had a new symptom or had suffered changes to their work life due to ongoing problems from the disease. However 20% had recovered completely.
It is well known that being hospitalised and ventilated has an impact on physical and mental wellbeing long after discharge. Studies are beginning to show that Long Covid not only continues this pattern, but also adds to it, with some ongoing physical symptoms including damage to lungs, liver, hearts and also growing evidence for neurological changes to the brain, which can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms, most commonly brain fog and memory loss.
- People who have other ongoing illnesses
This is unsurprising, but it does mean that there are many people who have had the disease fairly mildly but have found that it has interacted with their other existing medical conditions and made their recovery slower.
It does seem likely that more women statistically seem to suffer from Long Covid, as found in this report from Medrxiv . This was reported in the BMJ. Scientist are looking at whether this is related to the way that female bodies fight viruses, but currently this study is inconclusive.
What these studies also show is that the majority of patients with Covid symptoms improve quite ready in the 5 months after the acute phase. It also seems that Long Covid sufferers who have a sever form of Long Covid also improve, though more slowly.
My next blog looks ate Long Covid and how Therapy and Hypnotherapy can help manage aspects of the condition and enable sufferers to feel more in control. Whilst recovery may be frustrating there are ways to manage your anxiety and to mentally prepare to be well again.
Take a look at my information on relaxation techniques here:
If you would like to chat, please contact me. https://katemitchellhypnotherapist.co.uk/contact-kate-mitchell-hypnotherapist/
- Hypnotherapy for chronic pain
Clinical evidence for the use of hypnotherapy for chronic pain relief.
To begin at the beginning….
Our lecturer strode into the room with a bucket of ice-cubes and a box of medical clamps – “Today,” he said, “you are going to learn all about pain!”
No, not the opening to a Gothic novel, but part of my in-depth training as a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist. In order to understand how hypnotherapy could alleviate Chronic pain, I needed to experience it for myself.
I did, and can vouch first hand that it does work – I still use the techniques I learned today.
But don’t just take my words for it, take a look at what clinical studies say.
Clinical evidence for the use of hypnotherapy for chronic pain relief
Hypnotherapy for chronic pain relief has been studied at length and so the British Medical Association has approved the use of hypnotherapy for pain as a legitimate treatment.
In 2007 Elkins, Jenson and Patterson reviewed 13 controlled studies of the use of hypnotherapy for pain and they published their findings in “Hypnotherapy for the Management of Chronic Pain”.
The studies included in their review were ones in which a control group was standard, allowing for direct comparison of results. They found that “participants experiencing both clinical and experimental pain significantly benefited from hypnotic interventions……… For 75% of the population, hypnosis provided substantial pain relief.”
Hypnotherapy for chronic pain relief – medical evidence
Hypnotherapy is now used for patients undergoing operations where anaesthesia is not suggested, and also routinely by dentists and dental surgeons as an alternative to anaesthetic for dental operations.
In addition, studies show that “hypnotic interventions for chronic pain results in significant reductions in perceived pain that, in some cases, may be maintained for several months.
This clinical review continues “in a few studies, hypnotic treatment was found to be more effective, on average, than some other treatments, such as physical therapy or education, for some types of chronic pain.”
So you can see that the clinical evidence supports the use of hypnotherapy for chronic pain relief. This is because it provides longer term relief than many other treatments. You can learn to control and minimise your pain and regain your confidence with my help.
What does this mean for me?
If you are suffering from chronic pain as the result of an old injury or chronic condition you can learn to lower your pain levels through hypnotherapy and ACT. The medical evidence is sound and as a trained practitioner I can guide you as you learn to take back control. My next blog on the subject will explore the nature of pain in more detail, looking at how the body perceives pain and how hypnotherapy can help.
How do I book an appointment?
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Hypnotherapy – who monitors the hypnotherapist?
When I first trained as a Hypnotherapist with the UK College of Hypnotherapy, I wanted to be sure that this was an accredited course based on sound clinical research.
Hypnotherapy has a long and colourful history, but modern day hypnotherapy is backed by medical science and recognised as a legitimate discipline by the CNHC – which was set up by the UK Government to provide a register of accredited therapists. It is not compulsory to be a member, but all reputable and qualified Hypnotherapists are members. You can find me here.
I am also a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register. This is a voluntary register which reputable and qualified hypnotherapists join. You can be assured that members of the GHR have to undergo regular supervision, training and confirm to a code of ethics. For example, in the past year my studies have included stopping smoking, acute anxiety, ACT and new books and information published each month by the GHR. My continuous professional development (CPD) is from practitioners who are recommended either by my college, or the GHR CPD providers, ensuring that the training is of the highest quality.
You can find me here on the GHR website
For more tips on making sure that you have chosen a reputable, trained and accountable practitioner, please read this article by the professional standards agency. Click here for the full article and 8 things to check when choosing a hypnotherapist. Click here to book your free hypnotherapy phone consultation.
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