Multiple sclerosis (also called MS) is one of those afflictions whose cause is unknown and for which a cure has yet to be discovered. MS, also referred to as “disseminated sclerosis” or “encephalomyelitis disseminata” is a disease which leads to damage of white matter. White matter in the body are myelin sheaths in brain and spinal cord.Who Contracts Multiple Sclerosis?
Generally, but now always women are more likely to suffer from MS and more often it starts when the person is in their later teens or early twenties. Early signs are tiredness and fatigue that is unusual and doesn’t seem to improve even with rest. MS was first observed and described in 1868.
Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
With damage being caused to myelin and the corresponding nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord losing their ability to communicate a number of symptoms can be noticed. These can fall into the areas of motor (muscle control, paralysis), visual (blurred vision, pain), cognitive (memory loss, communication difficulty) sensory (tingling, numbness) and coordination (over or under movements of limbs). Other possible symptoms can affect sexual performance and the bladder and bowel functions may change to a sense of urgency and increased frequency.
Helping Multiple Sclerosis
As there is no known cure for MS, treatment tends to be around containment and managing the symptoms. People with MS may have periods where the symptoms subside substantially but then have a sudden flare up. They may discover their own MS triggers and employ strategies to manage their MS.
Drugs are prescribed for pain and corticosteroids are administered during severe attacks but this does not seem to have any long-term positive effect. There are also some medications that seem to reduce the severity of MS attacks and can slow the degeneration towards increased impairment and loss of ability.
Alternative and complementary treatments are therefore popular as a way of coping and for the MS patient boosts their sense of retaining and maintaining a level of control.
Multiple Sclerosis and Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis helps bring about a profound state of mental, physical and emotional relaxation. A person with MS may experience higher levels of stress, anxiety and worry. In doing so chemicals are released in the body (acid in the stomach etc) which may increase the severity of MS symptoms. Some MS sufferers believe that regular use a relaxation process such as self hypnosis helps manage Multiple Sclerosis symptoms and provides a time for the body to rest other than sleep.
Self Hypnosis Helps MS
Often a hypnotherapist will teach a person to use hypnosis with the aim of bringing a sense of tranquility and a better coping ability. Through feeling more relaxed and at ease, a person with MS will release their excess stress and feel better able to manage with life.
Self hypnosis is both easy to learn and the positive relaxation effects can be felt and enjoyed from the very first occasion it is used. The practice of self hypnosis can take just 5 minutes or 20 minutes or longer according to choice. This means that self hypnosis can be incorporated easily into even the most busiest of life styles.
Steven Harold BA(Hons) DCH DHP
Clinical Hypnotherapist – Heanor, Derby, Ilkeston, Ripley