Chiropractor’s office is the place where patients come to get their medical care. Most of them are going to visit a doctor or some other health professional, but they may not have any idea what kind of treatment they need. They don’t want to spend money on something that isn’t necessary and they aren’t sure if it will work.
So how do you tell your patient that they need to go see a chiropractor?
Well, there are many different types of treatments available to treat various conditions. Some of these treatments are very expensive while others are quite cheap. One type of treatment that most people don’t realize is called “chiropractic” because it involves manipulation of the spine with a hand held device known as a “adjusting instrument”. There are several kinds of adjusting instruments out there and each one has its own advantages and disadvantages.
There are two main types of adjusting instruments: manual and electrical. Manual adjusting instruments involve moving parts inside the body such as a screwdriver, pliers, or even a scalpel. These devices are used when adjustments require precision movements over large areas.
Electrical adjusting instruments use electricity to move parts within the body such as a machine gun which shoots out bolts at high speed. These devices are good for fast and effective adjustments but they aren’t very precise.
There are many different adjusting instruments and many variations within each type so it is important to learn about the pros and cons of each before choosing which one to use on your patient. For example, the low cost of manual adjusting instruments makes them the most affordable option for patients but they are less precise than electrical instruments. The most precise instruments are usually the most expensive so if you want to keep your patient costs down then you should go with a manual instrument.
Regardless of which type of instrument you decide to use, it is important that you always stay up to date on the latest techniques and research in your field. You don’t want to cause any serious injury to your patient so make sure you have the required training before using any of these adjusting instruments.
Chiropractic treatment is an important part of helping your patients get the relief they are looking for. Not every patient can afford to go to a doctor or medical facility so it is your job to make sure they get the best care possible. Whether you decide to use manual or electrical adjusting instruments, it is important that you fully understand how they work before putting them in someone’s back.
It is your obligation as a chiropractor to understand all of the benefits and risks involved with adjusting instruments. This is why it is highly recommended that you take the time to speak with a medical professional and read any literature they have available on these treatment options. You wouldn’t want to improperly adjust a patient and make their condition worse so take the time to do your research.
Once you’ve decided on the adjusting instrument that is right for you and you understand how to use it, you can get started treating patients. Be sure to explain to each patient the exact procedure that you will be performing so they know exactly what to expect. In some cases it may also be a good idea to give them something for the pain because these instruments can cause discomfort.
After a couple of successful treatments you will know just how good of a chiropractor you really are.
Thank you again for downloading this book, I hope this information helps you fulfill your dreams of one day being a doctor!
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Chapter One: The World of Hypnosis
If you are reading this, then you have an interest in learning about the mysterious art of hypnosis. Whether you want to become a professional hypnotherapist or you are just curious about the subject, this book will explain everything you need to know!
For years, hypnosis was considered to be a form of magic or a pseudoscience but through the work of Professor William James and his colleagues, the principles of hypnosis have been rigorously studied and tested. Thanks to their efforts, we now understand that hypnosis is a natural part of the human brain and it can be used for therapeutic purposes.
You may have seen stage hypnotists make a person climb into a box with a lion or eat a bowl of hot chili peppers but this type of entertainment hypnosis is nothing like the therapeutic techniques used by clinical hypnotists.
In the early days of hypnosis, some psychiatrists believed that hypnosis was an unnatural form of sleep but today, it is believed that the brain enters a state that is between being fully awake and fully asleep. This state is known as a trance and the hypnotist will take advantage of this state in order to make suggestions to the patient. The patient will then enter a trance voluntarily in order to receive therapeutic suggestions to improve his or her life.
For example, a patient suffering from chronic pain may be given suggestion that will help alleviate the pain. In another example, a patient may be in a trance and then given suggestion to forget about some traumatic experience he or she experienced.
As you can see, hypnosis is not about making people do stupid things in front of an audience and it is not some magical mind control technique.
Fortunately, hypnosis is not as difficult to master as one might think. In fact, you have probably been in a hypnotic trance many times before. Every time you get so engrossed in a book, a sporting event or even a television show that the world just seems to fade away, you have entered what is known as an “alpha state.” If you have ever driven a long distance on a familiar road, you may notice that you do not recall much of the trip once you arrive at your destination.
This “auto-hypnosis” is a natural phenomenon that occurs when we let our guard down.
The human brain has been naturally hypnotized many times but this does not mean that the hypnotist does not need training. A stage hypnotist is skilled in the art of entertainment and may have little or no formal education in therapeutic techniques. This is why it is important to seek out a clinical hypnotist if you want to use the techniques described in this book for therapeutic reasons.
Hypnotism should not to be confused with other forms of “sleep therapy” that involve restraining patients or giving them excessive amounts of drugs. While some therapists may use these techniques, these practices are now considered obsolete because they are less effective and more dangerous.
So now that you know a little bit about the history and training that goes into being a clinical hypnotist, you may be wondering what exactly hypnosis can do for you.
While this book will not attempt to analyze your particular needs, a good hypnotist should be able to help you in the following ways:
Laziness: Some people are just plain lazy. We refer to this as “cognitive laziness” because the person is not lazy by nature, but rather just has a “dislike of mental exertion.” This type of person just does not enjoy putting forth the amount of intellectual effort that is sometimes necessary to complete a task.
For example, a student may have a great deal of knowledge about American history, but he or she may completely dislike American history class. Someone suffering from laziness of the mind might just space out in class and not take notes at all. The sad thing is that the student may very well know more about American history than the teacher.
With hypnosis, a person’s laziness of the mind can be cured so that he or she will automatically put forth the necessary effort in school or at work without even having to think about it.
Poor Grades: If you are constantly getting poor grades in school, a good hypnotist may be able to help cure what is known as “academic incompetence.” Academic incompetence can be caused by several factors including lack of interest in schoolwork, a need for more adequate teaching methods and in some cases, laziness of the mind.
Fear of Failure: If you have a fear of failure, you may be suffering from a condition we call “future paralysis.” This is when someone has such an extreme fear of failure in the future that they severely limit themselves in the present. This is the classic “academic underachiever” that really could succeed in life if they would apply themselves.
Like all fears, this can be overcome with hypnosis.
Fear of Public Speaking: Some people suffer from a fear of public speaking. This can range from simple nervousness to a full-blown disabling fear. If this describes you or someone you know, a clinical hypnotist will be able to help you get over this fear.
Bad Habits: Everyone has some bad habits. Some habits are more serious than others. Smoking and gambling are two examples of serious bad habits.
There is even a name for a habit that is so serious that it is actually considered a mental illness: Addiction.
Hypnosis can help cure all types of bad habits.
Obsessions and Phobias: Obsessions and phobias are also types of bad habits. The main difference is that these persist even after someone has recognized that the behavior is causing them problems.
For example, a person who has a fear of cats despite there being no logical reason to be afraid of them would have a phobia. Someone who has a persistent and unreasonable fear of heights would also have a phobia.
If you have an obsession or a phobia, hypnosis can help.
Memory Improvement: There are two types of memory: Short-term and Long-term. Short-term memory is also known as “Working Memory.” This is the type of memory you are using right now to remember the letters on a particular line of text.
This type of memory only lasts for about twenty to thirty seconds before it is gone unless you repeat the letters back in your head again.
Long-term memory lasts much longer. It can last a lifetime. The only problem is, you have to reinforce long-term memories continuously or else they will eventually disappear.
This is why it is a good idea to review for exams the day before or even the morning of the exam.
Hypnosis can help improve both types of memory. It can help improve working memory by greatly strengthening the concentration of the individual. It can also help improve long-term memory by making memories more vivid and “real.” By associating a strong visual memory with something, the long-term memory of that thing becomes much clearer and longer lasting.
This is often used to help someone give up smoking. A hypnotist will often have a person visualize the gross appearance of what decaying teeth look like combined with a nauseous feeling whenever they have the urge to smoke.
This is also effective for people that fear needles. A hypnotist can help someone associate a feeling of pain with the suggestion “Every time you see a needle, you feel a sharp pinch in your arm.” In other words, we are using the mind to create a natural aversion.
This approach is also good for people afraid of dogs or small spaces.
ADD and ADHD: Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder often cause problems in school. Children and adults with either of these conditions find it hard to pay attention or to stay organized. Those with ADD are often overactive.
Those with ADHD are often overactive and impulsive. Children with either condition may have trouble making friends and may be labelled as “Bad kids.”
Hypnosis can help those with these conditions focus better in school and increase their ability to organize themselves.
Smoking: There are a lot of reasons why people smoke. Sometimes it is to fit in, to look “Cool,” or even out of boredom. Whatever the reason, smoking is bad for you and hypnosis can help give up this habit.
Hypnosis cannot make you physically allergic to nicotine. It can only make the psychological cravings go away. You will have to do the rest of the work needed to adjust to life without cigarettes though hypnosis can certainly help you stay focused and motivated.
Stuttering: It is often frustrating to have the condition of stuttering. It may be even more frustrating to know that many people believe that it can’t be treated. This is not true.
While there is no known cure for stuttering, hypnosis can be very helpful in reducing or eliminating the problem altogether in many cases.
Hypnosis cannot cause you to physically stutter or not stutter. It can only affect your mind. If you are not intellectually ready to speak without stuttering, hypnosis will not make this happen.
You will have to resolve the emotional conflict within yourself in order to recover from this condition.
Fortunately, many people have done so with the help of a good hypnotist. The only way to know if hypnosis can help you is to try it.
Eliminating Pain: Pain is an unfortunate side effect of many medical conditions. It can also result from injury or disease. Pain can be so bad that it prevents people from living normal lives.
Some people become addicted to pain medication to deal with their pain. These drugs have a number of undesirable side effects and are really just a temporary solution.
Hypnosis is an excellent alternative for dealing with pain. It can help you maintain a positive emotional state that will allow your body to heal at an accelerated rate.
In many cases, hypnosis can eliminate the sensation of pain altogether. This is very useful for surgeries where a patient is given general anesthesia. A patient can go into surgery with a clear mind and awaken from the procedure without pain or memory of it.
Hypnosis cannot help people who have had a loss of bodily function or organ failure. Also, it will not work for someone who does not want to be hypnotized (such as a prisoner).
Here are some more things that hypnosis cannot do:
It cannot control your actions. You still have free will.
It cannot cure physical conditions, such as poor eyesight or a bad heart.
It cannot make you do something that goes against your moral code.
It cannot endow you with “superhuman” powers (such as invisibility or flying).
Pain is sometimes a warning sign that your body gives you. Pain can also allow you to realize that you are doing damage to your body. It is often preferable not to eliminate all pain, but to eliminate the cause of the pain.
For instance, if you have a headache, what is causing it? Is your chair too small? Are you looking at a flickering screen? Are you tired?
Once you have dealt with the cause of the pain, it will go away. Hypnosis is very useful for helping you do this!
Is Hypnosis Dangerous?
Hypnosis is a natural process that everyone experiences many times during the day. People become hypnotized when they pay attention to a repetitive sound or motion, such as the ticking of a clock or the movement of cars back and forth on a racetrack. In fact, you are probably so used to the feeling of hypnosis that you do not think about it as something unusual.
It is important to find a qualified hypnotherapist to work with. Just as a surgeon or pilot must have the right training and pass tests, so should a hypnotherapist. A hypnotherapist cannot do something terrible to you just by snapping their fingers and telling you to obey them.
In fact, they cannot make you do anything you don’t want to do. The worst that might happen is that you fall asleep!
Hypnosis is not dangerous alone. However, it can make you more susceptible to doing something dangerous if you are in a dangerous situation. For this reason, people who have trouble with impulse control should not be hypnotized.
It is also not recommended for people in stressful situations (such as terminal illness or shortly before a big deadline at work). It can help these people, but because they are already under a lot of stress, the hypnotic experience may worsen their condition or even cause a minor injury.
The person you choose to be your hypnotherapist should be bonded and insured. They should also be a member in good standing with the National Guild of Hypnotists. This ensures that the hypnotherapist has received proper training and has no history of wrongdoing.
Does it hurt? What can go wrong?
Everyday, people suffer minor burns or cuts that get infected. We perform surgical procedures all the time that carry more risk than hypnosis. There is no scientific evidence that hypnosis can cause you any permanent harm. There may be a temporary feeling of embarrassment or awkwardness when recalling a memory.
There is no evidence that hypnosis can make someone do something that their morals prohibit. There have also been no incidences of people falsely remembering things while under hypnosis. You cannot be made to do or say anything that you don’t want to do or say.
There is a hypnotic phenomenon known as “negative hallucination” which prevents you from seeing something that isn’t there. For instance, if I told you that there is a pink elephant in the room, but there isn’t, you won’t see it. This phenomenon can be used to great effect when treating disorders such as phobias, but it cannot make someone see something which isn’t there.
There are a couple of rare medical conditions that can cause problems with hypnosis. People with temporal lobe epilepsy are susceptible to having an epileptic seizure while under hypnosis. It is also not recommended for people with brain damage caused by alcohol or drug abuse (such as Wernicke’s encephalopathy, Korsakoff’s syndrome, or traumatic encephalopathy).
These conditions may be exacerbated by the stress of hypnosis.
Can you make me do something illegal or immoral?
There are certain laws in the United States that prevent hypnotherapists from implanting false memories. For instance, it is illegal for them to tell you that you are a spy and that you must crash your airplane. The hypnotherapist is also not allowed to convince you to rob a bank and then erase the memory with amnesia.
Hypnotism cannot cause you to violate your own moral code. Let’s say you have a strong sense of right and wrong. The hypnotherapist could suggest something that is immoral or illegal (robbing a bank), and you will most likely dismiss the idea because it’s not in your nature.
If you are worried about being a victim of a crime while under, make sure to tell the hypnotherapist when you arrive for your session. This should always be done. The hypnotherapist will then make sure you are in a safe environment and will stay with you until you are awake and alert after the session.
Can I be sexually abused?
Again, the answer is no. You have complete control over what you do and do not do. You may find that during hypnosis you become more open to sexual suggestions, but that doesn’t mean you have to act on them.
Can I do self-hypnosis?
You bet! Many people buy instructional recordings to help them quit smoking, lose weight, or just relax. You can even take it a step further and hypnotize yourself into a trance before going to sleep at night. This can have numerous benefits such as helping you relax, improving your ability to fall asleep, or helping you achieve a lucid dream.
Below are some books, websites, and other resources that will help you learn more about hypnosis. Remember, hypnosis isn’t an exact science and you may not respond to it the way other people do. If you find that hypnosis doesn’t work for you, there’s nothing wrong with that.
You can still follow along with what I suggest in this guide and see if it helps you anyway.
Wikipedia Article on Hypnosis
This is a good place to start if you want to learn the basics about hypnosis. It also has links to some more in-depth resources.
This book by Richard Masters is considered the “textbook” on hypnosis and it’s used as a reference by most professionals. It’s pretty dense reading so it isn’t for everyone, but if you want to know everything you should check it out.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hypnosis
I don’t believe people need to be complete idiots to learn hypnosis, but this book does a good job of explaining the process while keeping it simple. It has some good examples and case studies too.
This is a free online book that was written back in the 60s. It is a good resource for those who want to learn self-hypnosis.
How to Hypnotize Yourself
This is an excellent website that was created by a Stanford University psychologist. It has step-by-step instructions for self-hypnosis. It also has some other cool features like games and videos.
This is a Wikipedia article about hypnotherapy. It gives a good overview of what it is and how it is used to treat various issues.
Hypnosis and Behavior Modification
This is another Wikipedia article. It focuses more on how hypnosis is used to treat various issues. It goes into more detail than the previous article.
Hypnosis and Crime
This last one is another Wikipedia article that focuses on how criminals can use hypnosis on their victims.
Sources & references used in this article:
Ergonomics: The Cornerstone of Self-Care for Chiropractors by C Lauriann Greene, CPE Richard Goggins – dynamicchiropractic.com
Beneficial effects of manually assisted chiropractic adjusting instrument in a rabbit model of osteoarthritis by FM Conesa-Buendía, A Mediero, R Fujikawa, P Esbrit… – Scientific reports, 2020 – nature.com
Chiropractic Adjusting Instrument Versus Ischaemic Compression in the Treatment of Infraspinatus Trigger Points by T Joubert – 2019 – ujcontent.uj.ac.za