Uses of Hypnotherapy to Treat a Medical Condition

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Uses of Hypnotherapy to treat a medical condition

Introduction
The purpose of this essay is to describe and explain the uses of hypnotherapy in the treatment of a medical condition. For this essay I have chosen to look at a chronic life limiting illness called Motor Neurone Disease. This is a disease that can affect many different aspects of a person’s life and is very aggressive in its symptoms. I have met quite a few people with this condition whilst working in the Neurophysiology department at the QMC, where all the nerve and muscles studies and EMG’s are performed. It not only changes the person’s life but also the lives of the people around them. I found this research both upsetting and informative.
MND is a progressive
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Progressive muscular atrophy is a much less common form of MND and tends to progress more slowly than ALS. People with PMA do not experience muscle spasms and they can then go onto develop ALS.
Progressive bulbar palsy is a form of MND that mainly affects the muscles in the throat, tongue and face that causes difficulties with speech, swallowing, coughing and clearing the throat. PBP can also affect the expression of emotions and people might laugh or cry for no apparent reason.
Primary lateral sclerosis is a very rare form of MND in which people experience spasticity but do not experience muscle wasting or fasciculation’s.
Unfortunately none of the above can be diagnosed with one specific hospital test and doctors will usually recommend a series of tests and investigations which can take a long time and can cause the person worry and upset thereby causing a knock on effect of depression and anxiety, these tests are very important however to be able to get the correct diagnosis as all the symptoms described can also be the pre cursor to many other illnesses and to be diagnosed with this terrible disease in error would be awful. I think the saddest part of the disease is that although it will affect almost every part of the person’s everyday life and will stop them eventually performing the most simple of tasks such as personal hygiene and eating it does not affect the mind or intelligence so
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