I was chatting with a medical doctor the other day, and he made an excellent observation about hypnotherapy. According to the good doctor, the medical community was super skeptical of chiropractor medicine from the start. Some are still super skeptical of it. But as time went on, two things happened; people started reporting experiencing relief of symptoms through chiropractic medicine, and the chiropractors began to distance themselves from some of the less verifiable practices that were often bundled in with chiropractic medicine. As both of these things happened, the medical community as a whole began to slowly embrace the chiropractors and their way of doing things. Nothing succeeds like success.
Now it is becoming more and more common for MD’s to refer patients to chiropractors. My MD friend explained that chiropractors can do things that he couldn’t or wouldn’t do. They are trained in hands-on methods that he intuitively knows have merit, but it’s not what he was taught in medical school. As an MD, he can tell you what’s wrong, but with very few exceptions, he can’t take hold with his own hands and make it right. However, that is precisely the role the chiropractor fills.
That was some interesting background information, but then he got my attention with this:
“It’s like what you do. Psychologists and psychiatrists do great work. They listen closely and even make suggestions, but they are counting on the patient to make the breakthroughs happen. A hypnotherapist is like a chiropractor for your mind. Sometimes you need someone who takes a more active role in the process. Someone who can go “hands-on”, in a figurative sense.”
My personal experience seems to mirror these thoughts. Several years ago I was at wit’s end with some lower back pain. My doctor at the time listed pills, surgery, and a chiropractor, in order of his preference. I decided to try the chiropractor first, despite my own misgivings about them. At my appointment, the chiropractor looked at my records, conducted his own examination, then had me get into what I believe is called “the pretzel position”, at least that is what I am calling it. There was a “POP” I could hear and feel, then the pain was just soreness.
I walked out of that office and after a couple of follow-up visits, the pain has never come back.
Of course, in my own practice, I see similar progress with my clients.
Maybe a “chiropractor for your mind” can help with something you are facing. Maybe it shouldn’t be the last resort.