For as long as people have been sick the medical profession in some cases has been at a loss to explain why. A pain that they have with no evidence of why or an illness that they have diagnoses for, but still don’t understand it or where it came from (think fibromyalgia). Environmental sensitivities or allergies that cannot be traced to family medical history or, that seemed to just showed up one day. Stomach issues that seem to flair up at the most inopportune time and go away when a doctor is in the examining room. Patients have been made to feel crazy, being told its all in their head, been told there is nothing that can be done, or been prescribed copious amounts of medications to manage the symptoms that keep coming up. They know something is wrong however, no one understands or worse no one believes.
There is research that may explain these issues. Do you ever remember someone saying? “It’s a good thing they are young, at least they won’t remember.” Guess what? They do remember, they may not have words to explain what they remember, but their body remembers and with the connection between our mind and body. Getting physically sick is the only way we know we need to work through a trauma or a past hurt
When looking at trauma we need to remember each one of us is different and each one of us experiences trauma in a different way. Understanding a traumatic experience that you as a child went through can be looking for a needle in a haystack. It could be obvious, you were adopted losing connection to the birth mother, or that you needed multiple surgeries as a newborn infant. (I am including a link to a video below that really does help understand developmental trauma.) Or it could be less obvious, mom had post partum and even though was loving could not connect in the way we needed to. Another one is that mom and dad were struggling in the marriage and impacted our ability to connect to either one, especially if dad worked to avoid home or drank as soon as he got in the door. (again this is not about blame! Just understanding what happened and how as a young child we interpreted it.
There has been much research on the impacts of our childhood experience and the health issues we experience as adults. One of the best summaries provided is from the book “Healing Developmental Trauma” by Laurence Heller PH.D. and Aline LaPierre Psy.D. In the book they speak to the five survival styles of the NeuroAffective Relational Model® (NARM). Without going to deep they are “The Connection Survival Style”, “The Attunement Survival Style”, “The Trust Survival Style”, “The Autonomy Survival Style”, and “The Love and Sexuality Survival Style”. Each one of the survival styles has a reason, which is why a book has been written on them so I won’t go into great detail here. What I have found with each of my clients is that we have parts of each of these survival styles in each of us; however, when developmental trauma is present in any of the early childhood stages we may have a stronger connection to one area.
Focusing on the first survival style “Connection” this is where some of the illness that cannot be explained may sit. According to Heller and LaPierre (2012) people who have been impacted by developmental trauma in the early phase of life (inception to six months of age) maybe impacted by many such illnesses a short list includes: Migraines, ADD/ADHD, Digestive Problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Environmental Sensitivities or Allergies, Asthma, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, or Scoliosis. This list is not exhaustive, however a longer list is provided at the end of this, but more research is always being done and this list is likely to grow. If you medical professional cannot find a reason maybe a different approach through Hypnotherapy may be something that will benefit you. Hypnotherapy has been proven through research to benefit all of the above-mentioned sicknesses.
Hypnosis can help with the problem in a few ways the first as mentioned above is the power of the mind to heal our body. When we are using hypnosis the mind is hyper focused the outside distractions are limited this allows our mind to reduce pain and even heal certain problems completely. Beyond my own personal experience I have had clients who came in experiencing chronic pain, so much so that focusing on anything else unless fully medicated was not possible. Using hypnosis pain was reduced if not completely eliminated, thus reducing or eliminating pain medication being taken. This in turned allowed them to be clearer in their thinking and able to see life in a better way, not through glasses that were in constant pain.
Hypnosis also allows people to clear their mind and body and when the symptoms were of direct result of childhood developmental trauma they could revisit those periods and work through them in a manor that was not intrusive or re-traumatizing. The ability to heal trauma comes with so many benefits that are directly related to our physical health. Healing trauma does not happen overnight, however relieving symptoms and moving through the experience has great benefit to the person who suffers.
The title makes it seem like hypnosis is what heals you. Actually, hypnosis is only a vehicle for the healing; hypnosis itself does not heal. Hypnosis centers your mind, focusing your subconscious so much that you allow your mind to heal your body, exactly as it was designed to do. This is done using a trained hypnotherapist ideally someone who is registered with IMDHA in the U.S. or with ARCH in Canada. Another great factor with hypnosis is that it can be done over the phone or Video call online. However it is just as much up to the person who suffers to allow it to work as I have said in previous blogs hypnosis can’t make you do anything you don’t want to do.
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Here is the Video Link I promised in the Blog
Must Read Childhood and Adult Trauma related books:
Healing Development Trauma By: Laurence Hellep Ph.D. & Aline Lapierre Psy. D.
The Body Keeps The Score By: Bessel Van Der Kolk M.D.
Further list of conditions associated with adverse childhood experiences or developmental trauma include the following:
- Frequent or Severe Headaches
- Heart Disease including Heart Attacks
- High Blood Pressure
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Chronic Lung Disease (Emphysema)
- Bone Fractures
- Liver Disease
- Stroke D
- Sleep Disorders: sleep apnea, narcolepsy, nightmare distress, sleep paralysis
- Thyroid Disease
- Chronic Fatigue
- Chronic Pain, Especially Chronic Back Pain
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- General Abdominal Pain
- Overall Poorer Health (Not otherwise defined, meaning more symptoms but no official diagnosis). This was further characterized by more days in bed and greater difficulty in functioning in everyday life.
“Because there isn’t any health condition that isn’t influenced by the immune system, the nervous system, or hormones, any condition will have the tendency to have flare-ups or be more difficult to manage with a biology of trauma.”(Apigian, 2018)