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How To Relieve Tinnitus With Hypnotherapy And BWRT

Anyone who suffers from tinnitus will know that the condition involves ringing, buzzing, humming, hissing and whistling sounds heard in the ear continuously or intermittently. Internally generated, the sound can also vary in volume, and believe it or not is actually quite a common condition which can occur at any age. Healthcare service BUPA believes that one in 10 people will experience mild tinnitus at some point in their lives, so it is a serious problem, which many people suffer from daily.

Causing stress, anxiety and annoyance, tinnitus can be caused by an infection, age, injury or prolonged exposure to loud noises, and due to the fact that there often aren’t any medical signs of a problem, it can be extremely hard for doctors and ear, nose and throat specialists to treat. In fact, as of right now, there isn’t a cure for tinnitus, but its symptoms can be improved over time and underlying causes such as an ear infection or a wax build up can be treated and eased.

Just like those who suffer with chronic pain, each sufferer’s individual relationship with their problem is different and subjective, and how it affects them and their daily life can vary greatly. However, when it comes to tinnitus, anxiety and stress will make the condition worse. Stress and anxiety can be caused by the body’s natural responses when loud noises are heard which triggers a flight or fight response. This response will increase the level of stress hormones in the body, causing stress and anxiety to be felt.

This is where hypnotherapy and Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT) come in, and while the physical tinnitus condition can’t be treated with medicine, the psychological stress and anxiety which causes the condition to get worse, or even which allows people to be upset and distressed by the condition can be treated using hypnotherapy and BWRT.

Both of these therapies can be used to help give people some techniques which will alter how they interact with and react to the sounds that can be heard. Hypnotherapy involves a modified state of consciousness that guides your subconscious mind to process the sounds the same way as we process everyday background noise, which allows us to change how we respond to the symptoms of tinnitus, and due to the fact that everyone suffers differently, the sessions will be individual and tailored to each person’s specific experiences. In contrast to this, BWRT can be used to help tinnitus by ‘freezing’ those distressing reactions and reconditioning the brain.

Here are a few tips on how to cope with tinnitus: keep calm, try and distract yourself by keeping as busy as possible, think positively, try your best to understand your condition and seek advice from fellow sufferers and support groups to share your thoughts and feelings.

How is Brain Working Recursive Therapy Different to Hypnotherapy?

For those who don’t already know, Brain Working Recursive Therapy (or BWRT) is a relatively new type of therapy which focuses on logic and practical thinking in order to help you overcome a whole series of issues such as phobias, addictions, panic attacks, stress, anxiety, creative blocks and so much more.

Often confused with other types of therapy like hypnotherapy, these two therapies are actually nothing alike, and here are just a few reasons why:

BWRT requires you to be completely conscious
Aside from the two types of therapies being completely different in how they work with the brain, one of the key areas that highlights this for people is the fact that BWRT requires you to be completely awake and fully conscious for the duration of the therapy. BWRT works by ‘freezing’ your distressing thoughts and then reconditioning the brain using a technique called the ‘Recursive Loop’ to communicate with the part of the brain which is usually ahead of conscious thinking.

In contrast to this, hypnotherapy works by evoking a trance-like state which makes the analytical left-hand side of the brain switch off, so that the non-analytical right-hand side can be made more alert.

BWRT is extremely fast acting
Unlike hypnotherapy, BWRT is usually effective after only one or two sessions and doesn’t require hours and hours of talking or multiple sessions to achieve the desired results. Once you are able to alter how your mind reacts you can change your thinking immediately, whereas hypnotherapy often requires a series of weekly or monthly sessions to wmake an impact.

BWRT practitioners must be registered and trained
All BWRT practitioners must have completed a course of training and be registered members of the Institute of Brain Working Recursive Therapy in order to practice these techniques, as well as undertaking annual mentoring to maintain their membership. In contrast to this, hypnotherapists are not currently required to have any training or qualifications in order to practice in the UK, however most do have a minimum of 450 learning hours under their belts.

BWRT provides one set of practices no matter the issue
Another big difference between BWRT and hypnotherapy is the scale of differences within each separate type of therapy. For BWRT there is just one set of practices that practitioners must follow, while for hypnotherapy there is a variety of different types.

For example, different hypnotherapists will use different techniques and strategies depending on what they feel is appropriate and effective, whereas for BWRT the process is always the same. This allows BWRT to be more easily monitored and regulated, ensuring that everyone gets the same quality of service.

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