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Countless people allow major and even life threatening damage to  occur in their bodies simply because of unreasonable fears of visits to  physicians or dentists. Such fears come from false convictions that  these visits will involve pain. Some people carry the potentially  deadly fear that a visit will produce bad news, living under the inane  conception that "what you don't know won't hurt you."

It is not possible even to estimate the number of people who have  died simply because, while they knew something was wrong, they did not  want the knowledge confirmed by a physician. Many of even the most  serious disorders can be halted or cured by early discovery, recognition and treatment. Eliminating the fears of medical attention can effect  cures, reduce costs, speed recovery, remove unwarranted apprehensions,  minimize family inconvenience and lessen any interruption of income.

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Hypnotherapy is the method of choice for achieving the attitude  changes necessary to accomplish the reduction or elimination of  debilitating fears.


Fear of a dental appointment is virtually innate. Children have  heard tales of unendurable pain suffered (and exaggerated) by other  children. Stories and cartoons have featured dental offices as chambers of horrors. Some parents have even threatened children with dental  visits as punishment--"If you don't brush your teeth you'll have to go  to the dentist!" Dentists seem always to get a bum rap. Yet nobody  seems to focus on the fact that the greatest expense and the greatest  pain if any occur at all, usually results from not going to a dentist.

Preventive dentistry exists and for those who practice it the  benefits are immeasurable. But many people, children and adults, simply don't buy the concept. They see only the mentally visualized "chamber  of horrors." Fears of dentists are among the relatively common phobias  seen by psychotherapists and psychiatrists as well as by  hypnotherapists.

Increasing numbers of dentists are using hypnosis for pain control  in place of or in addition to local anesthesia. Extractions and dental  surgery under such conditions are becoming more utilized, with benefits  to dentist and patient alike. Many dentists also are using personal  training and skills in hypnosis to help patients relax and become more  comfortable before any dental work begins, and to provide post-hypnotic  suggestions which can make future visits free from fear and even  pleasantly anticipated. Some dentists even have hypnotherapists on  staff.

These procedures, however, are possible only with the patients who, fearful or not, come to the dental office. For those whose fears are  such that they never approach the door, hypnotherapy offers the prospect of removing or reducing the apprehensions and prejudices, achieving  relaxation and positive mental attitudes and understanding the benefits  of dental care and the risks of avoiding it. Hypnosis can motivate the  visit. This is an area for the individual hypnotherapist.


Hypnotherapy is applicable in so many fields of medicine that  entire volumes have been written on the subject. One of its most  important functions is modifying attitudes--to the point where a  reluctant sufferer will seek medical consultation. Another is the  reduction or elimination of pre-surgery anxieties. Patients scheduled  for surgery, whether for ingrown toenails or cancer removal, come under  great stress. Hypnosis is highly effective in stress management.  Hypnotherapy further can be a major factor in pain control and  expediting recovery.

Every physician and most members of the general public are aware of cases where survival has been ascribed simply to a powerful "will to  live." Development and utilization of the "will to live" is basically a form of self-hypnosis. Likewise, many cases are on record in which the lack of the "will to live" has been designated the cause of a death  which physicians deemed should not have occurred.

While hypnosis is not the treatment of choice in many severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia or major depressions, it has been used  for virtually anything else, from the bedwetting episodes of childhood  to the control of pain in the arthritis of the elderly, from phobias to  sexual maladjustments, from habit control to obstetrics and gynecology  and from allergy management to reduction of blood pressure or bleeding  control.

Following World War II, hypnosis was found highly effective in  treating cases of battle fatigue and post-traumatic stress problems.  Traumatic events, whether related to wars, crimes, accidents or other  causes, can become incompletely assimilated experiences which haunt  victims in forms of anxieties, nightmares and involuntary memories.  Hypnosis, as a controlled, voluntary and usually comfortable form of  dissociation, allows patients to re-experience traumatic events through a process called revivification, which involves hypnotic regression.  Such re-experience enables the victim of post-traumatic stress to  achieve a catharsis accompanied by new understanding and relief.

Hypnotherapy has proved highly effective in emergency room  medicine, and specifically in burn therapy where suggestions can be  given to reduce fluid and electrolyte loss, increase comfort, reduce  pain and expedite healing.

In dealing with medical and dental apprehensions, hypnotherapy  provides one of its broadest areas of service.

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