PTSD is broadly disruptive of physiological function. The downstream symptoms can be extensive, including flashbacks, disrupted sleep patterns, changes in both behavior and emotional control, and executive function. A state of brain over-arousal is evoked and maintained in individuals with deep routed traumas, which can keep them on edge and allow the mind to engage the prior trauma in particular situations.
Maintenance of the trauma rather than treatment of the dysregulation, will only prolong the problem. Neurofeedback can offer a side effect free, long-term solution to many of the downstream effects of PTSD.
PTSD Symptoms may Include:
- Flashback episodes
- Strong emotional reactions to situations that remind you of the event
- Feeling detached
- Outbursts of anger
- Trouble sleeping
- High stress
- Attachment issues
- Loss of interest in normal activities
- Always feeling “on guard.”
In the recent decade, PTSD has received significantly more publicity because of the men and women of our armed services returning from deployment, however PTSD can be caused by any traumatic incident including car accidents, childhood events, abuse or even being attacked by an animal.
The symptoms from PTSD can lead to other disorders or even diseases if not treated properly. Because of the complexity of the symptoms, medication is rarely the best choice and can lead to adverse side effects, further complicating the case.
The combined use of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback creates an effective, safe, side-effect free and in most cases permanent solution for PTSD.
There is a growing body of research showing very low Heart Rate Variability (HRV) in PTSD cases. HRV is a marker for stress level, as well as overall cardiac health. Through biofeedback, we can help you learn to relax your muscles, mind & breathing and over time, increase your HRV. Increasing your HRV can help with sleep issues, athletic performance, and management of day-to-day stressors.
PTSD cases usually show excessive activation across multiple cortical regions associated with fear, anxiety and emotions. Neurofeedback is able to down train this over activation and allow the brain to self-regulate. Neurofeedback is a very powerful treatment for traumatic stress and can be used for both children and adults.
Alpha/Theta or deep-state training decouples the historical traumatic memory from physiological response by guiding the individual into a very comfortable and relaxing hypnogogic state. In this safe, yet highly healing subconscious state, the individual is able to deal with the memory in a way not possible in full consciousness. This can be a very powerful process that in many cases can eliminate physical and emotional reactions to traumatic triggers. Our Performance Coaches are experts in Deep-State training and have all gone through extensive training and have experienced many sessions of Deep-State training themselves. This is very important to aide in the healing process.
There are multiple, peer-reviewed studies showing Neurofeedback’s efficacy in the treatment of PTSD in various populations, using multiple techniques and technologies.
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