What is lymphoedema?
Lymphoedema is a chronic or on-going condition that causes swelling (oedema) in body tissue. It can affect any part of the body and often develops in the arms and legs. The extent of the swelling can vary from Grade 1 [mild oedema] to Grade 4 [gigantic oedema]. Consequently, patients with lymphoedema can be thought to be morbidly obese by those who lack knowledge and understanding because it’s a condition we hear little about.
How hypnosis helps
The NHS notes that although there is no cure for lymphoedema it is usually possible to minimalise swelling by minimalizing fluid build-up and stimulating the flow of fluid through the system. This includes: Wearing compression garments, skin care, manual lymphatic drainage.
Therapists who use psychoneuroimmunology will create imagery that will support their patients to ‘see’ their system working effectively.
NLP master practitioners trained in using Richard Bandler’s Design Human Engineering (DHE), will support clients/patients to use their own imaginary control panel. With practice, you can influence sensations that previously you may have thought as being out of your control. That is to say, you can achieve a temporary loss or reduction of pain using a very simple technique.
Talking lymphoedema and the benefits of hypnosis
You can read the full article to find out more about lymphoedema and how hypnosis can benefit. Tanya Bunting is a clinical hypnotherapist and NLP trainer, believing that every barrier to learning and achievement can be addressed through coaching.