Trauma Expert Dr. Bessel A. van der Kolk promotes Neurofeedback

 

Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

 

Link:  Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. free webinar link

Medical director of The Trauma Center in Boston, professor of psychiatry at Boston University, and director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Complex Trauma Network, Van der Kolk is recognized in the field for being a pioneer of once unconventional mind-body interventions, such as Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trauma psychotherapy, neurofeedback, and yoga. Over the last 30 years, he has established a reputation as an iconoclastic critic of traditional approaches to trauma—especially Prolonged Exposure therapy, which he’s characterized as “among the worst possible treatments” for trauma, merely desensitizing people to their suffering, instead of healing them.

New study about weight gain from lack of sufficient sleep

BrainBecause sleep loss is widespread in modern society, in the last few decades it has become better understood that it can have serious negative health consequences.  Just a half hour of missed sleep during weekdays was enough to cause problems, researchers at the Endocrine Society found. It is now crystal clear that nearly everyone needs at least 8 hours nightly in order to be able to regenerate and clear the toxins from the nervous system.

This new study by the Endocrine Society suggests that missing just 30 minutes of sleep during weeknights could increase your weight and disrupt your metabolism.  The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other functions.

Neuroplasticity and confidence.

Brain

I was reading this morning some research on brain neuroplasticity related to confidence from Mount Sanai Hospital School of Medicine. They call confidence ‘life’s enabler’ or the quality that turns thoughts into action. Taking small steps in daily life adds up, they say in other words. Also, viewing failure as new information to be accepted as part of learning, versus sense of failing.

Good posture, too, plays a part in how confident we feel. This is innately known with practices like Tai Chi or yoga; feeling confident physically imports into feeling confident emotionally and mentally.

One more reason to get a good night’s sleep.

Almost every week, I hear from someone who has a sleep problem.  They either cannot get to sleep, or wake up and cannot get back to sleep, or they are on intense medications and this is the only way they can sleep and it is not good sleep they tell me.
And every week I hear a story from a neurofeedback client that they are seeing improvement in their sleep pattern and the only thing that they are doing differently is NeurOPTIMAL neurofeedback at our office or at home with a rental unit.
Because the Central Nervous System (CNS, or brain and spinal chord) is key to getting restorative sleep, and because we target the CNS in our feedback, we often see shifts in sleep pattern right away.  If we can show the CNS how it is functioning, it can renormalize itself as energy conservation is its MAIN task.  And sleep is an energy conserving function.  And much more!
See the TedMed talk to learn more about how toxins are removed from the brain while we sleep.
At TEDMED 2014, neuroscientist Jeff Iliff illuminates a newly discovered, critical function of the brain during sleep, a natural cleansing system that keeps toxic proteins at bay.

Our brain can take out the trash too!

Here is an article LINK on current research on how the brain clean the body to toxins/waste while we sleep.  The implication is that if we do not sleep well, we are not being cleared of toxins that reduce our health and well being.  With NeurOPTIMAL neurofeedback, we can improve sleep capability by showing the brain its ineffective and inefficient behavior.  Many folks begin to sleep  better with a few sessions.

I have also included a link to the University of Rochester news story about the research.

 

Enjoy!

Article Link

 

University of Rochester Article Link

How Much Does Your Head Weigh?

A nice article  on what we are calling ‘text neck’, the position that everyone’s head is in reading their smartphones.  And I would say that I see folks in a degree of this in the car behind the wheel.

Our head and neck segment at only a 15 degree angle will weigh about 27 pounds (see the drawing in the article to see all the permutations).  One way to counter this is to remember that your spine should be long and relaxed, not short and compressed.  Bringing the smartphone or book wo your head is there way to shift this bad habit that could lead to some deterioration of the spinal structure.