Hypnotherapy aids in both the management and the recovery of people who have suffered a stroke. As we age, we become more vulnerable to disease processes such as high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. A fascinating case study by two researchers cast doubt on traditional views about what is possible regarding recovery from at least one of these awful diseases, namely stroke. Most medical experts state that all recovery will cease about six months after the stroke has occurred. However, using hypnotherapy, a technique which is only just beginning to be recognised as useful for the treatment of vascular accidents, researchers helped a 66 year old woman to regain several physical capacities including the limited use of a disabled arm and the ability to walk without a cane. The hypnotherapy actually began six months after the stroke and lasted for six months. Follow up one year post stroke showed demonstrable improvement in the physical capabilities of the patient. Also Charles Tebbets, an American Hypnotherapist and teacher of hypnotherapy, successfully used his own skills of hypnosis to recover completely from an immobilising stroke. If they can do it, then you can too!
I have successfully worked with people who have had a stroke and find that they recover more quickly the sooner I can start to work with them. The reason for this is that the brain is attempting to make new neurological connections, or trying to re-route information highway centres through new parts of the brain to learn new ways of doing and performing. Ericksonian Hypnosis can be excellent here, as one can use guided imagery and metaphor to enhance the healing process and allow the brain to make those new connections. Of course relaxation using hypnosis is a wonderful healing tool for allowing the brain to rest and the whole system to recuperate, and this alone is very powerful and beneficial to the person recovering from a stroke. Add to that the ability of hypnotherapy to reduce stress and you can begin to see just how effective hypnosis and hypnotherapy can be in treating strokes and other vascular illnesses such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
If you or someone you know would like help using guided imagery or visualization to supplement your traditional therapy for stroke or any other conditions please contact me.