Brain Retraining is a Breakthrough in Healing
Chinese Proverb "Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Since brain development after birth is influenced by inputs from the environment, and because those inputs are unique to each child, every human brain is unique. Many generations spent in slavery, in prisons, sickness or on difficult migrations made everything dangerous — and are possibilities as well. The profit seeking cell lines are inspired by their biological RNA, humans, to pit one technological quasi-species against another on what is perceived as an endless evolutionary track that will perpetually produce better technologies vis-a-vis competitors. It may have in the past - but not today. Don Miguel Ruiz "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last. Therapy for Unmarried Couples.
Serious illness often leads people to reevaluate their priorities in life and change their attitudes toward others.
I hope this training shows us the upside of learning about our brain and nervous system as it is what has kept me going since I was a young child. I find this over and over again with vets.
The military provides a family that some of these soldiers never had. It can be a great healing advantage when they come home from service. The work once started can provide them hope and not just a bandaid on their physical scars. My brain inside has scars that will never go away but I need to work around the area and walk again.
The brain is so versatile but needs the direction. It is about what the client is ready and able to do. I think I had a misconception that a patient could just take a martial arts course, or do theatre and that in itself would rewire the brain.
For instance, that moment before a person walks on-stage, they feel their heart pounding, sweaty palms, huge fright and realize those are the same feelings they had when they had to testify against their dad in court.
I was terrified and I did it and it was ok. I can do that again. Then their new experience, even with the intense feelings of fear, is a success. Perhaps there is fear of intimacy and a client, tho terrified of betrayal, trusts and opens up to their therapist, and it works. Or perhaps they argue back, although in the past, that resulted in a terrible beating. There is a moment when a client is facing a familiar and paralyzing fear within a new situation -similar to the trauma -and then they can have an experience that is a game changer.
Would experiencing the terror of what happened before and contradicting that with a related but different experience, with a different outcome, be necessary? I suppose van der Kolb was jesting about Dutch influence on American martial skills.
Obviously Americans were British before they were Americans and learned their trade from the British. There is something to the fact that Washington was denied an officers position in the British army while lesser Colonials were accepted that spurred him on to a learn his craft in a most deadly manner.
I simply was giving the good doctor the benefit of the doubt because he said that Americans learned their martial abilities from the Ducth. I think it is self evident he means the colonialists and since he is obviously of Dutch origin he was being facetious stating that the Dutcht taught the colonists to fight in a military fashion. The Dutch did help us with a generous loan when Washington started to become successful only because the French joined the cause but before that they turned down John Adams when he begged them for a loan at the beginning of the revolution.
I wish everyone blessings and a non-traumatized life. I think of this with phobic patients who, when able over time to better tolerate the exposure to their fear through exposure, have a new sense of freedom. Experiential therapy has always been my go-to therapy. Having clients do something they are slightly afraid of, very slightly at first, like running fast down a long set of stairs, builds resilience and a new experience in the body.
So far I am not hearing reference to the claim of a cutting edge psycho-spiritual neurological discovery, that it is the heart that knows, full five seconds before the brain. My understanding is that the brain is the projector, the heart the film, so to speak!!??
Like to hear your comments. I thought Bessel might mention how effective for trauma it was when returning warriors were greeted with drum playing and dancing. Thank you very much. I have a client survivor of severe trauma who needs to do things beyond her endurance so she knows in her gut that she can still survive.
She does endurance swimming and also does this at work. The swimming is therapeutic to her, while obstructionist at work is more of a reenactment of the trauma. The information in this film is very affirming of the work we are doing, while putting a clear framework around it for me!
Thanks Bessel and Ruth! For me, it depends on the client and the complexity of their trauma. In some cases, I rely on the arts—music, drama, painting. For others, a more physically demanding approach like martial arts, runnjing, gymnastics, skating works best.
Still others prefer things like yoga and meditation and tai lkchi. Thank you Ruth and Bessel for your fascinating and nice short insights. They have helped me to more or less complete a nagging jig-saw! I should explain that many years ago I discovered, as it were by chance, how to relax and ultimately cure my years of persistent lower back pain apparently untreatable without risky surgery.
And worse, for those professionals, when I casually demonstrated my simple relaxation protocol to anyone who would listen, it often led on to immediate relief and apparent cure for a wide variety of so-called incurable musculoskeletal cases, as well as phobias and infertility. I should add that I am in fact an engineer-physicist and I have gradually put together a theory comprising loss of a loved one, or a loved situation, into a mind-body-brain jig-saw — thanks to many free NICABM reports and parallels with my own observations.
So, as ever, thank you dear Ruth and Bessel again. Tom Lucas, London, England. I have a chronic pain condition due to neck vertebrae damage, and have also had lymphoma affecting my neck, thyroid and optic nerve.
I have always been interested in the fact that a lot of my pain is in my neck region and wondered what the psychological root of that might be. Of course I have also experienced my own fair share of grief and loss in life. I think you are right to see a metaphoric connection, Julia. While my healing team and I have made enormous progress, the area of pain that is still holding out is one of the spots where I was traumatized and hit most frequently as a child.
The other area is also where I was repeatedly hit for speaking up against the injustice of my existence. Thus, I am approaching it from this standpoint and working for release on multiple levels. I hope you will find relief as well!
Hi Anya, My sister sounds like she has a similar story to yours. I am looking for help everywhere for her and I wondered if you might share some information about who your team has been and what has helped you.
Hello, Karen, Sure, I would be willing to share what has helped me. I am not a professional Lyme expert, so it is intended only as information, not diagnosis or anything official. Healing from Lyme is not an off-the-rack kind of thing, so it requires taking what resonates and working with that, then tweaking as you make progress. I say that because I know hearing those words spoken casually during one of the talks given by a Lyme expert gave me hope in a powerful way. I am thinking that in this forum is probably not the best place, but I would be happy to email you if you wish to share an address.
I also believe it can be healed. My email is jan jankingston. Not sure if they blank out emails like Google can sometimes do. Is your simple relaxation protocol proprietary? Or is it something available for everyone to look into? As some of the comments here have noted, using military tactics to heal trauma really does work.
Granted, not for everyone, but there have been many cases where abuse victims have pushed themselves to the limits, and have seen excellent results. These are essentially approaches without actual communication. In my practice, i utilize yoga with clients as a way to establishing healthy connections between the brain and the body through the breath. Yoga also assist clients who tend to dissociate, integrate or come back into the body. It has proven extremely helpful for those women who adopt yoga as a daily practice.
A great yoga teacher may not be pushy. But I know Feldenkrais specifically has an exploratory and self-accepting view. I went from having fibromyalgia much later diagnosed as Lyme with a lot of pain and unable to use my body, to becoming a runner, on no medications for pain only thyroid and hormones and running half-marathons and a marathon. I know not everyone wants to run, and that is not necessary.
The idea is to incrementally expand your capacity at a pace that your brain wants to allow. Where people go with that is different. Nervous system benefits and flexibility of what you do with it. And a Feldenkrais teacher could help you find ways to get to the floor without hurting your knees.
Lessons can also be done in sitting. This is so true! Many of my sexual abuse survivor clients have gone on to enter Spartan races where they are pushed to their maximum and have maintained miraculous recovery. It makes me wonder how many of the sexually acting out clients or workaholic clients are striving to master what a grueling physical competition might change…..
This is how the military trains people for combat. The problem I saw in my work with the USMC is that it is the only means of training for trauma they glorify physical. When this meets real trauma, combat is out of control, the shame of responding to something previously believed to be mastered is devastating in its shame. The work on men and shame is vital to helping our military heal. This is particularly true when they leave the military, the glue that held the belief system together.
We must find ways to reprogram these people is a way that speaks to their skills! Thank you for your work, making a huge difference. Very succinct and informative observation Gail, thank you! I wrote a comment a little before yours and I question whether idealizing Roman soldiers can in anyway be a useful example of how to heal the limbic system.
I would agree as a first step, especially for those inclined to like physical contact, physical conditioning is one source or relieving the stress of frozen trauma. On the other hand, it is a temporary release and not corrective solution.
This is why I disagree with Dr. You better watch some docus on how soldiers are trained in the USA for combat. Bootcamps for young people training them in similar ways have already been met with courtcases with accusations of serious abuse. I have used these ideas for many years now. I choreograph dance through active imagination in movement.
A dance that is empowering is Flamenco. It empowered Roma to express their power against oppression. I wrote about these ideas in my book, Dance of Psyche, copyright I really like the way Bessel talks about resetting the body after trauma.
Oh, what a mess, I commiserate with you! We run up against the brutality of the system in CPS every day! They have now hired us. We work to alleviate increased trauma to bio parents and their children in foster care by creating nurturing and supportive environments for visitations.
We also designed and teach a curriculum for parent education that is based on the knowledge that most of the parents have trauma themselves, and therefore it begins with building trust through safety and relationship with them. Slowly we are learning and educating others in the system about how to treat people with trauma. It is certainly an uphill battle, but it is working! We are seeing families reunited with healthy behaviors AND those unable to parent recognize it and are more willing to TPR, instead of fighting through the courts and their kids languishing in the system.
We have learned that change takes time, is not linear and applies to people, families, and systems, too! Thank you ,as always for your succinct ,helpful tools and understanding on the brain and body knowledge and connections..
I am new to this work. I am not a therapist. I am a court specialist working to bring understanding of trauma into the operations of drug courts and mental health courts and veterans courts. I advocate and provide consultation and training to help judges and other members of the court team understand the often profound histories of trauma of the participants in these problem-solving courts.
While we try to obtain actual trauma specific treatments for our participants as part of the overall treatment plan they are engaged in, I am working to change some of the direct practices and approaches employed in the court interactions with participants. I am wondering if changes in the experiences that our participants have with the justice system and with particular members of that system, who are persons of authority and power, can be a part of the new experiences that can rewire the brain, impact the predispositions from the limbic system.
My efforts are specifically directed at improving the retention rate of participants to the point of completion of the drug or other problem-solving court program, which in turn has a positive impact on their future offending behavior. In addition, I am working with a program called Phoenix Multisport that works with persons with substance use disorders through sober physical or other creative recreational activity, to sustain recovery. Perhaps a means of limbic system treatment?
Norma, your work is very important. I know of one young man in particular struggling with mental health issues who routinely experienced violence from police officers upon arrest as a young offender and later an adult causing a lot of confusion for him as he grew up with respect to the concept of respecting authority.
He moved out of the area in which he once lived and has experienced more respectful interactions with other police services under a variety of circumstances and has developed the perspective that not all police officers view him the same way.
He has though never returned to his home city as he is terrified of the same abuse of authority and harm to his body. Van Der Kolk idealizes and romanticizes military and martial arts as a way to heal trauma and to make an individual stronger and more resilient. I wonder how much military and martial arts trauma this man has experienced? The best way is the a warrior of the heart not a warrior of the body.
I once told him personally about having a Kundlini experience that fills me with white soothing and healing energy. He basically said my cerebellum was screwed up. For a two year period I trained six out of seven days a week doing par-course. From the ages of 12 to 18 I was intensely trained by college all stars and professionals learning the fundamentals of basketball I can tell you unequivocally this is not the way to heal the limbic system because I still suffered from clinical depression, anxiety, and panic attacks.
I thought this fellow was supposed to be the foremost expert on PTSD? Who are the people who suffer most from PTSD? Crises First Responder Therapist. Awareness, consciousness and allowing Flow The energy heals.
Thank you for your response. I encourage clients who had child abuse to surf. I recently saw there is a program encouraging PTSD and wounded veterans to surf.
Surfing would seem an incredible way of responding to the natural forces of nature while having enough physical challenge to unknot energy knots.
I would think anything requiring some physical challenge but more importantly emotional and intellectual mindfulness is the way to most efficiently encourage and to strengthen subtle energy in the body. I still find the analogy of using a Roman soldier troubling because training to be a killer sooner or later if implemented in real life will damage the psyche. This knowledge in itself is enough to lie heavily on my mind.
Thanks for your thoughtful response! That technique, taught by Drs Jason and Linds Hao in New Mexico, has been used successfully on combat veterans to reduce or eliminate symptoms, even on phantom leg pain of amputees. Acupuncture in general reduced the nightmares substantially over a decade ago, and the scalp acupuncture helped more layers come up to be released. Keep your brain sharp and it will give you solutions when you need them most.
What is unconscious and conscious? How do they interact? Cognitive Restructuring stems from a form of therapy called cognitive-behavior therapy. The technique is based on the idea that changing how someone thinks about something will change how they feel and behave relating to that thing. Using this technique involves thinking about the negative thought itself and evaluating it to see if the thought is realistic or not.
Defusion is based on acceptance and commitment therapy. The idea behind this technique is to learn to view thoughts as nothing more than ideas.
A common thing people using defusion do is constantly repeating a word until it loses some of its meaning. This way, they may spot some of their beliefs concerning that idea. Specifically, the more social media someone uses the more likely it is that they suffer from depression even after controlling for relevant covariates.
Great article with something we should all take to heart. And an amazing life is something worth celebrating. Basically, anything can become a keystone habit if it has this power to make you see yourself in a different way.
And another small thing that makes a big difference is just writing down your plan. These also tend to be the patients that are prone to hyper-reactivity to exercises and tend to have more pain both short term and chronic.
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Sense of smell predicts social networks. These mediators increase the magnitude of the current, lead to activation of the channel at more hyperpolarized potentials, and enhance the rates of channel activation and inactivation. As a consequence, inflammation can sensitize nociceptive neurons. In an experimental model of inflammatory pain in which an irritant was injected into the hind paw in rats, Na v 1.
Collectively, these data suggest that Na v 1. Pleasant odors induced positive mood, decreased pain unpleasantness and pain-related activity within the anterior cingulate, medial thalamus, and the primary and secondary somatosensory cortex. So why should we only look at the brain when it comes to pain? Are we going to far with the clinical application of pain science? The latissimus dorsi extends the spine, extends the hip, extends and IRs the shoulder, and extends the elbow through fascial attachments.
This exercise does the opposite. Plus, it adds a strong active component. This exercise activates that sling with the lat in a compromised position.
It has become my go-to exercise for shoulder flexion mobility. It seems easy enough to accomplish, but most people overlook the details. Here are 3 detailed ways to improve hip extension. Karnazes believes that his lactate clearance abilities could also be down to low body fat, low sweat rate, a highly alkaline diet and low exposure to environmental toxins. Genetics can give you the propensity for a natural advantage but you express your genes differently depending on your environment and your lifestyle.
Cue them to lead with their hips. Karen Smith gives you some tips on how to do it. Make it harder for them to eat like crap. If someone is set in their behaviors e. Plus 9 other great pieces of advice for the fitness business.
Check out this article from GMB. Although the guy in 1 definitely needs to lower the weight and focus on quality. The researchers concluded that the jump squat was more effective than the push press for developing jumping, sprinting and agility in high-level young soccer players. Awesome Instagram pages for exercise ideas, flows, and movement play. OnnitAcadamy — Mixed Training.
Christine Ruffolo — great movement. Marcus Martinez — Creative Kettlebells. GFunctional — movement, strength, advanced correctives. Alan Ng — a great mix of rehab and strengthening exercise. Jill Harris — Pilates. Aaron Swanson — shameless self-promotion, a mix of stuff, and a good looking dog. Shante Cofield — the instagram master who taught me the way. Go to a live music concert. Stress, whether assessed as life event stress or perceived stress, moderated the recovery trajectories of muscular function and somatic sensations in a hour period after strenuous resistance exercise.
Therefore, under conditions of inordinate stress, individuals may need to be more mindful about observing an appropriate length of recovery. Accordingly, previous recommendations for the use of heavier loads during resistance training programs to stimulate the maximal development of strength and hypertrophy are further supported.
Therefore, the present data indicated that a higher posterior tibial slope is correlated to increased knee loads that are associated with heightened risk of ACL injury. The more groups develop routines and effective ways to take turns in speaking and acting, the more their heart rates become in sync. Decreased empathy can impair relationships and lead to less social outreach. Decreased social relationships can lead to loneliness. Loneliness can lead to increased pain.
By bringing laughter and camaraderie, their mere presence can buffer stress as well as the effects of negative experiences. Furthermore, they can help alleviate despair or emotional turmoil. New research published in Scientific reports suggests a better pain threshold may be another benefit of having friends. Research shows repetition biases judgement helps people change their minds. Direct usually comes off as rude, no matter your intentions.
Be nice and slow it down. Acknowledge all the negative things they think about you to defuse them. They might only need the orange peel. Let them solve your problems for you. But that is the compassion of the weak. The compassion of the strong is in waking people up to their blindness. For that, you need to be a warrior. I am tough and sweet. Our worst comes out when we behave like robots or professionals. Everyone feels more confident.
If, on the other hand, we make commitments to our colleagues to improve our productivity, we also improve our mood, and as a result, clarity and happiness will increase. People talk about changing their thinking, but they have no idea what that is, let alone how to do it.
The key is to stop producing interpretations that have no power. I find it sad that people have to play these power games to make money and gain control. I understand that awareness of this power game is necessary and may be useful. However, I think we should strive to live an honest, compassionate, altruistic life. Not a scheming life that wants fame, money, and power.
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The hormone ghrelin — that is released before meals and known to increase appetite — has a negative effect on both decision making and impulse control. Those who drank peppermint tea also exhibited improved long-term memory, working memory, and alertness. Consuming a diet that results in consistently optimal blood glucose levels and improvements in body composition may improve tendon health in the general population.
Lifestyle interventions for preventing and treating tendinopathies should be considered given that evidence based treatment options are limited. These effects will likely provide significant benefits for long-term tendon health.
Many researchers have argued that people experience a blurring of the self into their groups thanks to the synchronization that occurs while dancing. Yet it is also possible that the exertion inherent to dancing releases hormones—like any other form of physical exercise—and these molecules are behind the bonding effect.