Most people who contract coronavirus will make a full recovery within 12 weeks. In some cases however, this is not the case and symptoms persist – this is described as ‘long Covid’. Interestingly the chances of someone developing long Covid are not related to how ill they are when they first catch the virus. This means they may only experience mild symptoms at the time, but could still have long-term problems.
Here are some common symptoms associated with long Covid:
- difficulty sleeping
- brain fog
- shortness of breath
- chest pain/tightness
- joint pain
- mental health concerns like depression and anxiety .
We need to think broadly in terms of tools to help. This is where hypnotherapy can step in.
How does hypnotherapy for long Covid work?
Hypnotherapy is an approach that works with the subconscious, helping to make changes that often aren’t available through other therapies.
When it comes to easing symptoms of long Covid, clinical hypnotherapy helps on several levels to alleviate pain, trigger internal healing and accelerate long-term recovery.
It helps on a physiological level:
“Your body is the vehicle where changes take place, both good and bad. When we are ill, stressed, or overwhelmed, it is very difficult for these changes to be positive. Using hypnosis our bodies begin to realign, settle, and begin once more to tune in to and use our own internal healing mechanisms to heal our own bodies. Instinctively, we know how to breathe. And healing comes from this same innate place. Sometimes we just need a gentle reminder and nudge on how to do this.”
On a neurological level:
The quality, strength and the very nature of our neurological pathways in our brain lead us to either healing well or, adversely, can lead us to heal less well. Here the power of hypnotherapy can direct our neural pathways and recreate the chemical landscapes of our brain to adapt to our current situation for the better.
We can also actually reprogram our brains to shift what we think, what we feel, and what we do. Our thoughts affect our feelings and emotions and this affects our actions and what we do in life.
And finally, on a holistic level:
The mind, brain, and the body are inextricably linked and interconnected. And so once we shift and improve the neurology of our brains, and improve our neurological makeup, we instantaneously fire off millions of chemicals in our bodies too. Cells replenish, chemicals surge, blood flows, and we… breathe.
Now that you know how it works, if you have any questions or needed a session, I can help you with online sessions or at my clinics.