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Treatments for Stress

Do You Experience Acute or Chronic Stress? Are you in need of Acute or Chronic Stress Treatments?

Stress TreatmentsDr. Diane® Brain Health utilizes state of the art and cutting edge technology and has the Solutions and Resources to get you feeling your best. The Dr. Diane® integrative team of brain health experts is trained in conventional, complementary, and alternative specialties. This team, using her 5 Prong Approach, will provide you with customized Stress Treatments. Dr. Diane® sees each person as a unique individual and knows that one method does not fit everyone.

General Guidelines for Reducing Stress

In the Serenity Prayer, it says to have the courage to know what you can change and what you cannot, and to know the difference.

 

You cannot change if you are more reactive or sensitive. You may not be able to change how you react, but you can change how you respond to a situation.

 

In Dr. Diane’s 5 Prong Approach, we look at the physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and energy aspects of Stress to you and your individual needs.

Stress Treatments 

Dr. Diane® Brain Health Approach I divides methods into two categories: internal and external. Internal is something you can do on your own without help, whereas external requires help from someone outside of yourself. Medication is an external method, while other methods such as humor, exercise, and meditation are internal. Dr. Diane® believes it is important to know the internal methods, because there may come a time when you do not have access to medicine or other external treatments.

 

So if you have a method or methods that work, then great. For those of you who have not found something that works, or you just want additional methods to use, here are internal and external methods for alleviating the symptoms of anxiety.

Internal Treatment Methods for Stress

  • Progressive Relaxation
  • Prayer
  • Meditation
  • Visualization
  • Distraction
  • Thinking about something else
  • Fidgeting
  • Music: Singing, dancing, drumming
  • Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT)/Thought Field Therapy (TFT)
  • Energy Medicine
  • Art
  • Humor
  • Heart Rate Variability Breathing
  • Hypnosis
  • Exercise, Yoga, Reiki, Ti Chi, and QiGong

 

Worldwide prayer and/or meditation are two of the most calming methods known. However, most people do not take time to pray, and learning how to meditate correctly has a learning curve, just read the book Eat, Pray, Love.

 

PROGRESSIVE RELAXATION

 

This technique is used to induce deep muscle relaxation. Dr. Herbert Benson’s book Relaxation Response is known for this method. Dr. Diane® had the privilege and honor of being trained with Dr. Benson while at Boston University. This method is very simple. You learn how to flex and then release the major muscle groups of your body.

 

VISUALIZATION TECHNIQUES FOR STRESS

 

If you prefer utilizing visualization, distraction, and breathing techniques, Dr. Joseph Cautella, Ph.D., who was a professor of Psychology at Boston College, developed the Cautella’s Self Control Triad. Dr. Diane again had the privilege and honor of being trained by Dr. Cautella.

 

The following is a brief explanation of Cautella’s method:

 

You learn to stop thinking by saying, “Stop,” and then take a deep breath in through your nose, and exhale out of your mouth. Then you picture water over your body, and while picturing a squeegee, you visualize the squeegee removing the water going from the top of your body down to your toes. You keep doing this until you feel calmer, and then you picture a calming relaxing scene.

 

ENERGY PSYCHOLOGY AND ENERGY MEDICINE FOR STRESS SYMPTOMS:

 

For many people fidgeting with their clothing, hair, or other objects can be very calming. Singing, dancing, making rhythmic sounds, tapping or drumming is also very effective.

 

If you like drumming or tapping, there is a form of Energy Psychology called Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT) and/or Thought Field Therapy (TFT), which encourages you to tap specific acupressure points in a specific pattern and alleviate stress. TFT was first developed by Dr. Roger Callahan in 1996, and it was called the Callahan Technique. Dr. Diane® trained with Roger Callahan, and later was trained by Dr. Fred Gallo. Dr. Diane® is a certified trainer in EFT, TFT, and EDxTM.

 

There is also Energy Medicine, founded and developed by Donna Eden and Dr. David Feinstein, which heals the body by activating and/or restoring its natural healing energies if they have become weak, disturbed, or out of balance. Energy medicine uses techniques from healing methods such as acupuncture, yoga, kinesiology, and Qi Gong. These different approaches work well against the symptoms of PCS and PTSD. Dr. Diane® has been trained in all of these methods and is a certified practitioner. Also our Reiki person, Clara Diebold is certified and has extensive training with Donna Eden.

 

Creating art is an internal method that allows the overactive Limbic system to feel calm. This is also true of using humor as a method. On the other hand, Heart Rate Breathing does require some external devices to give you the proper feedback. One of the best is through HeartMath, Emwave.

 

Dr. Diane® is also published in the field of hypnosis. Hypnosis is the natural ability to disassociate from the current situation. Once you have learned what is needed, you have an extremely effective method for alleviating anxiety.

 

Exercise, whether it is active sports, or recreational activity such as yoga, Ti Chi, Reiki, and/or QiGong, is great at producing a calming effect to the brain without any external methods. Clara Diebold is a Reiki Master and is a part of the Brain Health Team.

External Treatment Methods for Stress

  • Nutrition
  • Medication
  • Hot Bath or Hot Tub
  • Talk Therapy- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Brain Spotting
  • Acupuncture
  • Cranial Sacral Therapy
  • Homeopathic-including Bach Flower Essence
  • Herbal Remedies
  • Biofeedback
  • Cranial Electro Stimulation (CES)
  • Neurofeedback
  • Aroma Therapy
  • Light Therapy
  • Sound Therapy
  • Massage, such as reflexology or Feldenkrais Method
  • Energy Work: Reiki, Polarity, Quantum Touch
  • Night out: movie, theater, etc.
  • Vacation

 

NUTRITION FOR STRESS

 

What you eat truly does affect how you feel. If you eat lots of sugar, you will not feel calm and feelings of anxiety will heighten. Alcohol and some recreational drugs will perpetuate anxiety. If you have any form of brain injury, please avoid sugar, alcohol, and recreational drugs. Martha Lindsay is our nutrition educator as part of the Brain Health Team.

 

MEDICATION FOR STRESS

 

Before using any medication, whether it is prescribed or over the counter, please consider the side effects of medication and how it may affect you due to your sensitivity to it. Before taking any medication, discuss your medical history with your PCP or licensed provider. This also goes for homeopathic, herbal remedies, and aromatherapies. If your stress is from biochemical aspect, Dr. Sharon Barrett, M.D. is our Psychopharmacologist as part of the Brain Health Team. If your stress is related to hormone imbalance, Dr. Kathy O’Neil-Smith, M.D., is our Endrochronologist. David Sollars is our Homeopathic practitioner as part of the Brain Health Team. Dr. Diane® is also an essential oil provider.

 

OTHER EXTERNAL METHODS FOR ALLEVIATING STRESS

 

Acupuncture has been around for over 4,000 years as an external method for alleviating anxiety. Both William Mogan and David Sollars are our team Acupuncturists, along with Tom Tam and his Tong Ren method, and Evan Pantanzi, who uses Kyusho methods.

 

What you think can cause your body and brain to react. Understanding how you think and how to change your thinking can be effectively done through talk therapy; Dr. Diane® is a licensed Psychologist. Another form of talk therapy, specially designed to deal with anxiety, is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro. This form of talk therapy includes an integrative eight-phase approach to disconnecting the emotional and physical reaction to a traumatic event from the thought of the event. This method of identifying the physical and emotional triggers that heighten PCS symptoms provides tools to work through and sever this connection.

 

Sound therapy includes using scientific programs such as Hemi-Sync, Bilateral Sounds, the Tomatis Method, and Swingle Sounds to help to soothe the Limbic system. Light therapy uses lasers from infrared to visual wave patterns, to sitting under various color lights that help produce a calming effect to the brain. Paul Soper is our sound specialist as part of our Brain Health Team.

 

BIOFEEDBACK AND NEUROFEEDBACK FOR STRESS

 

Biofeedback, which includes thermal, muscular, and EEG (Neurofeedback), is akin to looking in a mirror that reflects your inner responses rather than your outer appearance. Ordinarily, you cannot influence your brain wave activity, because you have no information about it. However, when you can see instantaneous information about your brain function on a computer screen, you have the ability to positively influence that function.

 

One form of Biofeedback speaks to the body through electrical impulse signals that are modified based on changes detected at the skin’s surface, such as reddening or numbness. Signals are sent to the body through the skin based on changes within the body, and are then reflected back to the surface of the skin. This causes the body to move toward a more normative state. Self-controlled Energy Neuro Adaptive Regulation (SCENAR) employs signals that are modified depending on what happened in the past—a backward-looking technology that is viewed as reorganizing. The newer Cosmodic technology of adaptive regulation looks ahead to the body’s target state of response, so it is more regenerative in nature.

 

Another electrical Biofeedback method that was also developed in Russia during the 1950s is Cranial Electro Stimulation (CES). This technology is effective in treating anxiety, insomnia, and depression. It is also a registered FDA medical device for alleviating said symptoms, and it is effective for chronic pain and the symptoms of stress.

 

Neurofeedback has many subdivisions. However, all of the various types are specifically designed to alleviate symptoms of stress. The number of external sessions of treatment depends on the specific cause. Neurofeedback is one of the external methods that not only addresses the symptoms of stress, but also addresses the cause.

 

The use of Neurofeedback with talk therapy, in conjunction with many of the other internal and external modalities presented, can help to alleviate anxiety. Both Dr. Diane and Paul Soper provide Neurofeedback as part of the Brain Health Expert Team.

Get Help Today!

Dr. Diane® Brain Health utilizes state of the art and cutting edge technology and has the Solutions and ResourcesSM to get you feeling your best. The Dr. Diane® integrative team of brain health experts is trained in conventional, complementary, and alternative specialties. Our 5 Prong Approach, will provide you a customized treatment program, because Dr. Diane® sees each person as a unique individual and knows that one method does not fit everyone.

 

If Acute or Chronic Stress is keeping you from living a full life, call our office at (800)500-9971 or fill out our form to schedule an in-person, phone, or Skype consultation and start regaining your life! There is a Way!®

Products for Stress Relief

CES Ultra

 

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emWave

 

Overcome Stress and Anxiety! Balance your Emotions, Optimize Performance, and Improve your Health! emWave® provides cues to help you synchronize your breathing to your heart rate, which ultimately syncopates these systems for improved well-being. This state of syncopation is called Coherence. There is a Way!®