There is a long history of the use of hypnosis for medical purposes, largely for the treatment of pain and anxiety. Verbal and non-verbal suggestion can quickly establish a positive doctor-patient relationship and therefore “compliance”. Verbal and non-verbal interventions can then be employed to reduce anxiety and calm and relax patients.
It is used to lower anxiety levels for routine procedures like injections, before operations, and for radiology treatment and invasive diagnostic examinations like gastroscopies, bronchoscopies and CT scans. Pain control is another major application, and the hypnosis techniques for acute pain (e.g. surgery and child birth) and chronic pain (e.g. oncology and rheumatism) are markedly different. Preoperative suggestion can have a positive effect on the postoperative process, accelerating healing and often leading to a reduced need for anaesthetic.
Relaxation hypnosis without any specific form of suggestion is used successfully to help achieve a state of inner calm and build emotional strength.
Graduates of this course will be experts on the topic of medical hypnosis and fully proficient in the use of its techniques. Examples of core elements of the syllabus are effective verbal and non-verbal communication and relaxation hypnosis, targeted applications in response to particular indications such as birth, acute pain and chronic pain, and applications for endoscopies, painful examinations and treatments, and before operations.