Suggestive Therapeutics For Manual Therapy
Suggestive Therapeutics is a form of naturalistic hypnosis that can be used very effectively with manual therapy interventions. The resource links at the bottom of this brief article provide extensive documentation on the historical and conceptual basis for Suggestive Therapeutics. This page provides some simple guidelines and examples for the busy clinician who simply needs to make use of this valuable modality in daily practice.
Principles of Suggestive Therapeutics
- Certain forms of Manual Therapy (including spinal manipulation and massage) tend to induce an altered state of consciousness, making the client susceptible to suggestion – verbally and by activity.
- In a clinical setting, Suggestive Therapeutics can easily be included as part of the doctor/patient interaction. Many clinicians do this naturally and unconsciously as part of the doctor/patient relationship. Our goal is to make it a more conscious, intentional process.
- As a verbal technique, POSITIVE suggestions (NEVER NEGATIVE) are spoken to the patient during treatment.
- The suggestions may take the form of CONVERSATIONAL EDUCATION. In other words, the physician INFORMS the patient of the purpose and outcome of the treatment while it is being given. So there is nothing mysterious or secretive about Suggestive Therapeutics. It is simply good clinical practice to inform the patient about the treatment. But given effectively, it also predisposes the patient to a positive outcome.
Examples of Suggestive Therapeutics For Manual Therapy
Here are some simple examples of wording for the suggestions (which can be modified and put into your own words and concepts based on the person and actual treatment techniques):
- Now as I manipulate the vertebrae along the spine, there WILL be greater relaxation which WILL also help the nervous system to function much better.
- Since the brain receives nerve impulses from the ganglia along the spine, this treatment WILL improve brain functioning by creating better communication and coordination between the parts of your nervous system.
- You WILL probably notice that your mood improves and becomes more balanced as your nervous system becomes better balanced.
The suggestions can be crafted specifically for the individual. For example, if the person is having problems concentrating and focusing, the suggestions could include:
- As the brain is affected by these treatments, you WILL probably find it easier to concentrate and focus your mind.
- You may even find that your mind WILL be clearer and at peace more often as your nervous system becomes better coordinated.
Here is an example of Suggestive Therapeutics recommended by Edgar Cayce in a case of major mental illness:
Then, to keep these in balance and to guide these impulses, so that there may be a controlling of the impulse to the nerve system, we would – with the manipulations and the applications made – give the suggestions for the body to respond in a normal way and manner in the impulses created by the vibrations that are set up from the elemental forces in the body. Such suggestions as this:
NOW THERE IS BEING CREATED IN THE IMPULSES FROM THE GANGLIA IN THE SYSTEM THE NORMAL REACTION TO THE SENSORY AND SYMPATHETIC SYSTEMS OF THE BODY. AND THIS IS BEING NORMALLY ACTED UPON BY THE VIBRATIONS, AND THE REACTIONS WILL BE A PERFECTLY NORMAL BALANCING IN THE MENTAL, PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL BEING OF THE BODY.
(Q) When should the suggestions be given?
(A) As the outline has been. When the manipulations and battery actions are being given. That means at the same time! (386-3)
As you study the above excerpt, please note that Suggestive Therapeutics is recommended for multiple treatment modalities. It is easily applied during eletrotherapy such as the wet cell battery (where there is typically a 30 minute battery session followed by 10-15 minutes of spinal massage). This tends to allow a longer treatment and naturally induces a relaxed, altered state of consciousness. In manual therapy (such as osteopathy), the short duration of a "specific' treatment intended to make a local adjustment may be rather quickly accomplished, may not induce a light trance, and may not leave much time for suggestions. On the other hand, the traditional osteopathic "general" treatment format usually takes 15 to 20 minutes, is relaxing, thus tending to produce a light trance, and provides ample time for numerous positive suggestions. From a strictly business standpoint, one can appreciate that many modern osteopaths forgo manual therapy because it is time consuming and may not be adequately covered by insurance — and when manual therapy is utlilized, the focus is on quickly making the specific adjustment and moving on. So the opportunity for using Suggestive Therapeutics during a traditional osteopathic general treatment can be a difficult choice for the clinician, but is to be encouraged when the situation warrants.
- Suggestive Therapeutics – This article provides a more extensive discussion of the principles and techniques of Suggestive Therapeutics.
- General and Specific Osteopathic Treatment – Here is some background info and links to additional resources that discuss general and specific treatments with links to videos that demonstrate the general osteopathic treatment.