Neuromodulation and How it Can Change Your Life
As the Director of Mental Health for His Heart Foundation, I have the honor of hearing many stories from people walking through difficult circumstances and some of the deepest pain they have ever encountered. It is a privilege to connect them to counselors who specialize in their area of need.
One day, this past December, the call I received wasn’t an ordinary call; it was from a personal friend in crisis. I have known her for years and have never seen her express this kind of despair. I will allow for her to share more of her story another time, but I knew that she needed a connection to one of our counselors, Debbie Abrahamson, who was able to treat her with an alternative treatment called neuromodulation.
This non-invasive neurotechnology is being studied at Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department of Neurology in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, and Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland. This technology works to help your brain to find balance, relax, and manage stress. We can often experience outside stress causing our brains to get stuck in our fight/flight or freeze position. This treatment allows the brain to experience a reset and relax into a rebalanced state and is a safe and effective intervention for children, teens, and adults.
Counselor Debbie Abrahamson has noted these benefits for the following struggles:
Depression: It can relieve patterns of negative thinking, hopelessness, lack of energy, nightmares, feeling unmotivated, lack of connection with self and others. It can reduce suicidal ideations in as short as two sessions without medication.
Anxiety: It addresses physical anxiety symptoms such as racing heart, burning sensation in the skin, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, irritability, and fight or flight reactiveness.
PTSD: Clients can have memories that resurface, but are able to experience them from a distance emotionally with comfort. The symptoms of re-traumatization are not present as the body is able to relax and the brain process the trauma during the memory. It allows body memories to be reprocessed and released while allowing the mind to move from fight/flight or freeze in a trauma response. One client had severe fibromyalgia as she had stored her trauma in her body and was not able to walk easily for almost seven years. After four sessions she was able to walk through the store and feel almost complete relief of the physical pain.
TBI: Neuromodulation is able to focus on areas where there has been a TBI and balance the brain in ways it has learned to “work around” the injury. Clients who have struggled with concentration, headaches, or fatigue report improvement or a complete lack of symptoms experienced in the past. It has shown to help significantly after a stroke as well.
Insomnia: This can be caused for a number of reasons, but if it is from nightmares, depression, anxiety, physiological imbalance, or ongoing stress, neuromodulation is able to balance the brain and body connection in order for rest to take place.
It is also helpful in couples’ work when both couples are in a highly reactive state. Having them work on their own reactiveness first with neuromodulation, and then discussing issues, allows for a new environment for processing.
SPECIAL NOTE: Studies show it works for 85% of individuals, and in Debbie’s experience she has not had anyone who has not reported change and improvement.
We share this with you today to offer hope. If you haven’t seen success in other treatments then you may want to reach out and see if this would be appropriate for you. Contact us for a referral or for more information:
Functional Brain Network Changes Following Use of An Allostatic, Closed-Loop, Acoustic Stimulation Neurotechnology for Military-Related Traumatic Stress
Improvements in Heart Rate Variability, Baroreflex Sensitivity, and Sleep After Use of Closed-Loop Allostatic Neurotechnology by Heterogeneous Cohort
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