Well being


A colleague who uses hypnosis in her practice tells me this case hasn’t been reported in medical journals, which makes it hard to judge, but in theory it is possible. Bear in mind, though, that we vary widely in our reaction to hypnosis, from the unsusceptible to the highly responsive. And there are drawbacks. For example, you could develop the unwanted symptoms produced by gastric banding, and even suffer some of the complications, despite not having a band in place. The brain isn’t simple in its responses to hypnosis, which is why my colleague recommends that no one should undertake this lightly, and that you should use only a fully qualified clinical hypnotherapist.

QI’m 16 and for about a month I’ve had problems with my neck. It began with a crackling sound around the ear when I turned my head to the left. My GP looked inside my ear and said it was fine, but my neck still creaks. What can I do?
 
APlease stop worrying.  This is just a noise that’s made as the top two vertebrae (spinal bones) in the neck move relative to the base of the skull above and to the vertebrae below them.  As you get used to them, you will notice them less and less. Anxiety about them makes you more aware of them. They are not related to arthritis or to degeneration. Try to look upon your creaks as similar to cracking knuckles, and then forget all about them.

 

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