Community healthcare can be a hot topic at times, particularly with waiting lists varying from area to area and the NHS being continuously stretched. I have heard from many clients that they have waited months to be seen for an initial consultation with a specialist in the NHS, and I do appreciate that the NHS is over stretched and the people working in the service are doing everything they can to provide the best service possible.
While this is the case, it is so important that other healthcare professionals are made available to the public as an alternative for those who either do not want to or can not wait to be treated.
This is why I have been extremely happy to work with my local Pharmacist in Turriff, Johnathan Laird. Over the last year he has invited myself and other local healthcare professionals to take part in health and well being days which have highlighted to the public that there are other options that they can pursue, either while they wait or instead of waiting.
Jonathan Laird is extremely proactive and encourages healthcare providers to get out there and make themselves known to the community, which obviously raises community awareness of who and what else is on their doorstep.
This has been extremely useful for me as a clinical hypnotist with a base in psychology and psychotherapy, as hypnosis still has a tendency too freak some people out. So my first job is to enlighten the public as a whole as to what its actually about, with my main focus to reinforce the point that hypnosis gives you more control of your mind rather than the other way round, which is what most people have been led to believe.
I see clients for many reasons and one of the most frequent is for Smoking Cessation and surprisingly, there are many people who continue to smoke despite have breathing difficulties through a variety of conditions. One such condition that is multi-faceted is COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
I wanted to write a short piece below to explain how hypnosis can help people with COPD that continue to smoke, to find a way to make that choice for themselves to stop. This information is taken from an article by Alan B. Densky, CH – http://www.neuro-vision.us/wordpress/2010/07/copd-hypnosis-stop-smoking-is-the-best-way-to-treat-copd/
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic health problem that develops as a result of damage to the lungs. The acronym is used to identify three medical diagnoses categorised as COPD. These include emphysema, asthma, and chronic bronchitis.
Asthma starts when a person’s body views something in its environment, such as chemicals, cigarette smoke, or foods, as hazardous. The immune system begins to release proteins known as histamines. These proteins produce inflammation in lung tissues to help the body ward off invaders. This stiffens lung tissues and weakens breathing.
People can be diagnosed with asthma at any point in life. One of the best ways that family and friends can help individuals with this condition is to quit smoking, because even secondhand smoke kills. If someone just diagnosed with this condition does smoke, he or she must stop smoking as soon as possible in order to better manage the condition.
Physicians also classify chronic bronchitis as a form of COPD. This condition develops in people who have smoked for a number of years. Tobacco smoke causes tar and bacteria to become trapped in the lungs. This bacteria causes recurrent inflammation of the bronchi, or airway tubes, of a person’s lungs.
Chronic bronchitis irritates and stiffens these passages and people with this disease find deep breathing and exercise difficult, because their lung tissues are stiff and irritated, they become short of breath with even a small amount of exertion. Sometimes, when these people stop smoking, some of their breathing difficulties will diminish.
The third lung disease categorized as COPD is emphysema. A person’s lungs have air sacs at the end of the bronchial tubes. These grape-shaped sacs, called alveoli, inflate and deflate as an individual inhales and exhales. A person with emphysema becomes short of breath and unable to breathe deeply or exhale completely since air stays trapped in these alveoli. If these people find ways to stop smoking, their symptoms may get better.
Medication and breathing exercises may help people who have COPD. In spite of these therapies, however, these people continue to have significant anxiety levels. Having COPD is like trying to breathe underwater. Even though you try to stay under longer, you feel you must breathe – now! Therefore, you swim toward the surface and take a deep breath. Those who have COPD, however, cannot swim to the surface and take a deep breath.
There are several stop smoking programs to treat clients with COPD. Most COPD patients understand that smoking increases their breathing problems and most have been smoking for many years, however, which often makes consciously quitting extremely hard.
Many stop smoking programs are available. Most encourage people to utilise the conscious mind to stop smoking. Since the dependency on smoking is etched strongly in the unconscious mind, few people who stop smoking with the help of these types of approaches stay stopped without making changes at the unconscious level. Moreover, the majority of these programs center on the smoker’s physical addiction to nicotine, which comprises only about one-tenth of their smoking addiction.
A number of stop smoking programs claim to help people to relax better. The most effective ones use Ericksonian hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, or NLP. Polarity responses often happen with traditional hypnotherapy and straightforward post-hypnotic suggestions.
Ericksonian hypnosis uses metaphors that relay suggested thoughts that promote peace to the unconscious to help people to overcome the propensity to do the opposite of what is suggested. Often, people who learn to relax are able to decrease anxiety and panic attacks better. Therefore, they breathe more easily.
Ericksonian Hypnotherapy provides an innovative alternative strategy for helping individuals learn how to stop smoking. Professionals who teach this understand that the patients problem is rooted in their unconscious. Therefore, they assist people at this level, through stop smoking hypnosis. Contrary to the techniques used by traditional approaches, hypnosis to stop smoking focuses on stress reduction, mental addiction, and the habit, which together make up 90 percent of one’s smoking habit.
Through Ericksonian hypnosis and NLP, these patients can live a better life. These approaches coach individuals with breathing problems to decrease anxiety. In addition, they assist in eliminating unconscious associations between cigarettes, specific contexts, situations, mental and emotional states and environmental factors. This extinguishes nicotine cravings. These treatments provide increased hope for people with COPD.
For more information on my Break Free from Smoking Programme and a free PDF outlining how the programme works, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Also take a look at the link below to the Hypnotherapy Directory for their Stop Smoking page, I am also registered with them and you will find my profile there: