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Saturday, May 5, 2012
HYPNOSIS BENEFITS STROKE RECOVERY
As we age, we may become vulnerable
to conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or stroke. An
interesting case study by two Los Angeles researchers sheds doubt on
traditional views about the chances for recovery from one of these unnatural
conditions – stroke.
As early as 1987, researchers
Holroyd and Hill found that recovery from stroke could be extended long after
the six month accepted medical viewpoint of that time. Their findings,
published in the International Journal
of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Vol. 37, issue 2, 1989, presented
that, using hypnosis – a technique not normally associated with the treatment
of stroke, researchers helped a 66 year-old female regain several physical
capacities. These included use of her disabled arm and the ability to walk
without a cane. Hypnotherapy with the subject began six months post-stroke and
lasted for six months.
Stroke Recovery Hypnotherapy
Under hypnosis, the patient was
guided through imagery that recalled memories of previous abilities, including
swimming in a river as a child. In addition to the hypnosis sessions, the woman
was given audiotapes with which to practice at home.
Follow-up a year after the stroke
showed verifiable improvement in the physical capabilities of the patient.
Researchers Holroyd of UCLA and
Hill of Permanente Center in Lomita, CA. speculated that, even though therapy
for strokes is traditionally perceived as not being useful beyond six months
post-stroke, the capacity of the mind to learn new information and processes
does not have an end-point. This has developed into a new vein of scientific
research called “Neuroplasticity.”
Imagery works on the mind in a way
that is not yet clearly understood. As ongoing results show, however, the
ability of imagery to push the envelope of traditional limits of effective
therapy holds exciting possibilities and it is an arena that merits further
An interesting side note:
Hypnotherapy for recovery was initiated at the request of the patient after a
neurologist had concluded that she would not likely gain any further
improvement in her physical condition.
Sometimes, it seems, the patient
If you or someone you know would
like help using guided imagery or visualization to complement traditional
therapy for stroke or any other condition, you may contact Shanimah Ra –
cannot and should not stand alone as the sole medical or psychological intervention
for any disorder. Hypnosis should not be
used instead of appropriate medical, dental or psychological treatment.Any individual with a medical or
psychological problem should first consult a medical doctor or psychiatrist for
diagnosis and professional advice. Hypnosis should only be practiced by those who
have been appropriately trained, who practice appropriately and within the
scope of their training.