Hypnotherapy can’t cure fibromyalgia but it could help you to manage the symptoms
I’m sorry if you’re here having to look for some relief from fibromyalgia but the good news is that hypnotherapy could help you. I have used hypnotherapy for fibromyalgia in Oxford, Reading and London (Holborn). My clients benefited enormously from the approach. Perhaps others in these towns (not forgetting Thame, London and Wallingford) could benefit too. Perhaps you!?
I also offer hypnotherapy for fibromyalgia symptoms online, using vsee, zoom or whatsap. Please get in touch for more details as to how this works.
The evidence supporting hypnotherapy’s efficacy is growing. In 1991 The Journal of Rheumatology published a study which took 40 subjects and gave half of them hypnotherapy and the other half physical therapy.
Those who were lucky enough to be given hypnotherapy saw ‘significantly’ better outcomes than those who’d only been given physical therapy.
In the USA their National Institutes of Health (I believe it’s their equivalent of NICE in the UK) approves and recommends the use of hypnosis in the care of people with fibromyalgia.
The NIH conducted a study in 2018 which showed that subjects undergoing hypnotherapy experienced an 80% reduction in their fibromyalgia related pain symptoms.
The research therefore seems to be building in favour of using hypnotherapy in order to lessen the symptoms of fibromyalgia and to help people to live happier and more fulfilling lives alongside the condition.
The case for hypnotherapy and its efficacy with people suffering fibromyalgia seems clear. However, it’s not some kind of magic cure. Please read on in order to understand precisely that which hypnotherapy for fibromyalgia can and can’t achieve.
How could hypnotherapy help my fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia typically afflicts people with two main types of pain:
- Hyperalgesia – this is where you’re super-sensitive to pain and have an acute response to the sensation.
- Allodynia is where things cause you pain which wouldn’t cause pain in another person. Somebody brushing your arm, for example, could cause pain. A little stub of the toe could inflict crippling pain on a fibromyalgia sufferer, pain which would last for far longer than in another person.
Hypnotherapy can help here because it’s excellent with pain management. I’ve worked with people suffering chronic pain for all kinds of reasons.
Industrial accidents, sporting accidents, improperly administered epidurals have inflicted terrible pain on three recent clients of mine and they came to me in the fear that their lives would never recover from the suffering it brought.
Others in the past have come to see me for chronic pain caused by all sorts of psychological traumas which, when combined with genuine physical complaints. left them in pain long after doctors were at a loss to explain its prolonged existence.
Hypnotherapy made a difference to their lives and it could make a difference to yours. Give me a call (contact details are below) and you could begin working on it today.
I was recently written about in a book called ‘The Painful Truth’. Author, Dr Monty Lyman, came to see me in order to discover how hypnotherapeutic approaches might be used in the treatment of chronic pain. The book which followed was reviewed in The Times and shortlisted for a scientific literature prize. Dr Monty Lyman wrote three pages on our meeting and said that his IBS symptoms disappeared for good after our session. It seemed to work well enough for him and could work for you too. It’s worth the price of a phone call to find out.
How else could fibromyalgia symptoms be eased by using hypnotherapy?
Fibromyalgia sufferers commonly report depression, anxiety, insomnia and the consequential problems with relationships and general levels of well-being.
These are all areas for which hypnotherapy and its relaxing properties, when combined with a firm grounding in psychotherapy, are ideally suited. Fibromyalgia also encourages the abuse of alcohol and other substances. Hypnotherapy could help you here too. Addictions are ideal areas for therapies such as hypnosis.
People with fibromyalgia are also more likely than others to be overweight. This may be due to the comfort which food can seem to bring to those people who are suffering from pain AND depression or it may be due to the reduced mobility which chronic pain tends to encourage. After all, fibromyalgia related pain is hardly likely to encourage a trip to the gym.
It could, of course, be both. Whichever is true of you, hypnotherapy could help.
Obesity and fibromyalgia often exist in a feedback loop. Obesity places strain upon the body’ muscles which increases the experience of pain. Pain reduces mobility which increases a tendency to weight-gain.
What about fibro-fog?
Becoming stressed about the fibro-fog is also common. Unfortunately, however, it does nothing to help. Stress is the enemy of clear thought and hypnotherapy could help you to remain calm and so avoid this trap.
Hypnotherapy could help you to see things differently, to experience pain differently, to live and to feel differently. Hypnotherapy could help you to establish clear goals and work towards them in a structured fashion. Wouldn’t that be worth the price of ‘phone call, just to talk with me further?
If you’d like to find out more then you could call me on 07786 123736 / 01865 600970 / 01183 280284, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply use the contact form below. However you get in touch, don’t leave it too much longer. You’ve suffered enough and there may well be better days ahead- whenever you choose to reach out for them.