The Hampshire Hypnotherapist | Portsmouth

Stroke and head trauma

Can Hypnotherapy help with Strokes and Brain Injury?

Strokes and head injuries that damage the brain can have devastating effects on quality of life. The damage and effects vary from person to person. Despite this, many people have fully recovered from debilitating strokes and head trauma. The speed and ability to recover can be determined by attitude, determination and commitment. I am currently working successfully with 2 stroke victims re-enforcing the work done with Physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

Client One: The stroke was 3 years ago. He is making slow progress but has improved his speech and cognitive skills, and slowly getting sensation and slight movement back in his arm and hand, he has also stopped using his walking stick.

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Client Two had his stroke a few weeks ago and is making massive improvement. He already has dexterity back in his arm hand and fingers. He has come out of hospital much sooner than expected.

Several studies have been done in this area one study by Judith D. Schaechter using hypnosis 2004 study Motor rehabilitation and Brain Plasticity after Hemi Paretic Stroke shows the sooner you work with someone after a stroke the higher the chances of a good recovery. Even years after a stroke there can be some improvement. The same can apply to brain damage from other causes.

The brain is amazingly complex. As well as thinking and processing information, for action or reaction, the brain also evaluates the options instantaneously.

Analysing information consciously, it also filters out what we don’t need to think about whilst processing in the background. We may see this in dream ideas. Physiologically, this is using electro-chemical processes sending information from cell to cell or neuron to neuron via Dendrites, Axon Terminals and synaptic gaps.

Of course, all of this happens in milliseconds and all the time adjusting for space, time, pressure using the knowledge it has learned through experimentation, in movement and, for want of a better word, ‘pre-programming’ such as touch, grip and picking up etc.

The brain operates brilliantly until it is damaged and it malfunctions. Even then, it will automatically try and repair or limit the damage. Cells will take on new jobs and, the older the brain, the more complex a brain cell can become. When we learn a new behaviour we create new neuron pathways. When you learn a new behaviour it can take a while to become routine – this is because we are effectively ‘cutting a new pathway’.

When the new behaviour becomes a habit, it is easier because we are using that pathway frequently. Changing behaviour can be difficult because we want the route of least resistance; even if the old behaviour does not help. However, you can change behaviour and, in some cases, that change can be forced upon us through bad experience, an accident or ill-health. Change can also be achieved through will power and determination. Hypnosis and NLP can also be a big contributor to change.

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Both Pete Bateman and Lorraine Gleeson are very approachable and have helped many people to achieve their goals. If you would like a free telephone conversation to find out if hypnotherapy is for you please call or send us an email and we will get back to you.

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