Learn to use the power of serenity to improve memory, mood, behaviors, abilities, and cognitive skills through relaxing, soothing home sessions of hypnosis, meditation, and compensatory techniques and strategies.
Parkinson's disease is a severe neurodegenerative disorder with a prevalence rate of approximately 1.6% in elderly Americans. This case study reports on a 51-year-old male Parkinson's patient who received 3 weekly sessions of a hypnosis intervention, as well as instruction in self-hypnosis. Actigraphy was used to assess rest-tremor severity. Results revealed a 94% reduction in rest tremors following treatment. Self-reported levels of anxiety, depression, sleep quality, pain, stiffness, libido, and quality of life also showed improvements. The patient reported a high level of satisfaction with treatment. These findings suggest clinical hypnosis is potentially feasible and beneficial treatment for some Parkinson's symptoms. Further investigation with diverse samples and an ambulatory monitoring device is warranted. Elkins G, Sliwinski J, Bowers J, Encarnacion E. Feasibility of clinical hypnosis for the treatment of Parkinson's disease: a case study. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2013;61(2):172–182. doi:10.1080/00207144.2013.753829
"Went for my third session of hypnotherapy yesterday and asked her to concentrate on my Parkinson's and ways of coping. I deliberately went when my meds. were not working properly and I was in an 'off' state. I had pain in my right shoulder, aching muscles in my legs, tightness in my stomach and generally tense all over. The hypnotherapist put me into a state of deep relaxation and in fact I nodded off half way through, but she said that was OK. When she woke me up, all the pain had gone and I felt relaxed. It was a very powerful experience. I listened to the tape, of her words, again last night.......keeping awake this time, to hear what I'd missed in the session. Must confess, I had the best night's sleep I've had in ages. Going for one more session in 3 weeks time, when she's going to give me a 'trigger' technique for dealing with my Parkinson's, so that I'm in control of IT and not the other way round! I've also been able to reduce my meds. quite considerably, since seeing her. Just shows what a huge effect the mind has on all our illnesses. Hope you find this interesting."
Dr. Simon Duff at the University of Liverpool conducted a research study conducted which investigated the effects of hypnosis on people with dementia. He compared three groups of study participants: one group used hypnosis sessions, one group used traditional healthcare methods, and the third group used therapy discussing news and current affairs. They found that those who had received hypnosis therapy showed improvement in concentration, memory, socialization, relaxation, motivation, and daily living activities, as compared to the other two treatment groups. Dr Duff said: “Over a nine month period of weekly sessions... those having regular hypnosis sessions showed real improvement across all of the areas that we looked at." University of Liverpool. "Hypnosis Shown To Reduce Symptoms Of Dementia." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 29 July 2008.