Stress reduction with hypnotherapy activates the parasympathetic part of the nervous system, which results in perceived safety that in turn leads to enhanced health; optimal immune and digestive function. Stress reduction has been reported to increase job satisfaction and organizational commitment (Pignata, S, Winefield, AH. Stress-reduction Interventions in an Australian University: A Case Study, Stress Health, 2013 Jul 23. Doi: 10.1002/smi2517).
The Importance of Self-Hypnosis in reducing stress: Self-hypnosis strengthens the response of the parasympathetic autonomic nervous system, boosts higher mind problem solving functions and quickly alleviates stress. Hypnosis combined with calming imagery is an effective way of rapidly stimulating the vagus nerve which originates in the brain as cranial nerve ten. It then travels from the neck to affect the heart, lungs, digestive system, liver, spleen and pancreas. This nerve is a major player in the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the ‘rest and digest’ part (opposite to the sympathetic nervous system which is ‘fight or flight’).
Stress management at the work site also decreased employee hypertension, increased their compliance with medications and showed a substantial cost-benefit for employers (Charlesworth, EA, Williams, BJ, Baer, PE. Stress Management at the Worksite for Hypertension: Compliance, Cost-Benefit, Health Care and Hypertension-related Variables, Psychosomatic Medicine, 1987.Vol 46, No 5, 387-396).
Hypnotherapy has also been shown to save approximately $772 per patient undergoing breast biopsy (A Randomized Clinical Trial of a Brief Hypnosis Intervention to Control Side Effects in Breast Surgery Patients JNCI, 2007 99(17):1304-1312. Montgomery, GH, Bovbjerg, Schnur, JB, David, D, Goldfarb, A, Weltz, CR, Schechter, C,Graff-Sivan, J, Tatrow, K, Price, DD, Silverstein, JH.
Studies have shown that stress reduction with modalities such as hypnotherapy can increase adherence to prescribed treatments (Moskowitz, L, Psychological management of postsurgical pain and patient adherence, (Hand Clin 1996 Feb;12(1):129-37).