Reduce your Response to

Chronic Stress

The research is clear. Chronic stress is bad for your body and it’s bad for your mind. 

Stress ages you faster. It disrupts RESTORATIVE sleep, which also ages you faster. It lowers your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness. It contributes to anxiety, depression, and even neurological issues. Chronic stress affects digestion and your “gut function.” It wears out your nervous system. Over time, it can zap your energy by interfering with mitochondrial function, or increase anger, frustration, and body tension.    

Biofeedback and neurofeedback—game changers for chronic stress

Everywhere you hear “REDUCE YOUR STRESS—and by the time we see them, our clients have tried. They’ve done yoga, meditation, mindfulness, physical exercise, massage, and psychotherapy. They’ve tried herbs and supplements, pot, alcohol, and medications. They’ve done what they could to deal better with stress but many have decided to “just live with it.” 

I promise you. You don’t have to just live with it. And you aren’t stuck with chronic stress. Biofeedback and neurofeedback can—and will—help you turn down your stress dial. — Mike Cohen, Director, Center for Brain Training

Our biofeedback, neurofeedback, and neurostimulation tools train your nervous system to change its pattern of response to stress (and can be used with people of all ages). These tools can:
 
  • Tone down emotional intensity
  • Reduce tension
  • Quiet the gut
  • Slow down or quiet racing thoughts
  • Enhance “parasympathetic response” (the calming part of your nervous system)
  • Moderate the impact of triggers caused by annoying or difficult life stressors
  • Assist in getting sounder, more restorative sleep. (Good sleep is CRITICAL.)
 
Our clients who’ve trained with neurofeedback and biofeedback often say they’re surprised by how much calmer they are when stressors pop up.
 
  • They’re less triggered by events or people.
  • They find life easier to live.
  • They’re less exhausted mentally and emotionally.
  • They feel less frustrated.
  • They have more energy.

How our program works

If you’re experiencing chronic stress and want to be able to respond differently to it, we may be able to help. Our technology is a great option for those who want to improve their overall wellbeing without relying on medication. 
 
We have numerous tools and technologies that can “tune up” your frazzled brain and nervous system to respond differently to life stressors. Our trained staff will work with you one-on-one to help you learn to ease your stress response. Here’s how to get started:
 
  1. Make an appointment for a consultation (we offer remote consultations for people out-of-area). This comprehensive meeting is geared toward finding out what’s driving your nervous system’s response to stress and formulating a plan of attack (treatment plan) which may, or may not, include a brain map. 
  2. Train on a regular basis, as outlined in your treatment plan, and stick with it!

Our clients say:

“I haven’t changed anything else – but I’m handling all my stress much better.”

We’ve spent years identifying how to use these unique combinations of tools and approaches to drive down chronic stress. 
 
Our tools
Our tools include (but aren’t limited to):
 
  • Neurofeedback, to train healthier or more adaptive brain patterns
  • Neurostimulation, to improve blood flow and decrease inflammation
  • Intermittent oxygen training in our Gym for the Brain division to improve oxygenation of the brain and body
  • Recommendations on lifestyle changes (exercise, stress management, sleep hygiene)
  • Identifying environmental contributors
  • Recommendations for practical nutrition and diet changes to reduce brain inflammation or help support brain function and the gut-brain connection. 

Read below for more in-depth information about stress

Why is stress bad for the brain?
Chronic stress floods the brain with hormones for extended periods, potentially damaging or shrinking certain areas of the brain, interfering with their function. These vulnerable areas include:
 
  • The hippocampus, crucial for memory and learning
  • The prefrontal cortex, the region responsible for decision-making and impulse control. Harm can result in reduced executive function and impaired judgment.
  • The amygdala, the brain’s emotional center. Impairment can lead to increased emotional reactivity.
 
Why do some people experience stress more than others?
These differences relate to a complex interplay of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. 
 
  • Some people may inherit a predisposition to be more sensitive to stress.
  • Adverse childhood events or trauma can impact one’s stress response later in life.
  • Personality traits like perfectionism or neuroticism can increase stress vulnerability.Those with strong social networks tend to handle stress better.
  • Poor quality sleep makes you less stress-tolerant and more vulnerable to stress.
  • “Hidden” environmental triggers (such as EMF, excessive light at night, and mold) can increase physiological and brain stress.

Suffering from both stress and anxiety? They can be related.

Stress is a response to a challenging situation, whether it be physical or mental. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or unease about a future event or uncertain outcome. 

While stress and anxiety are different experiences, they can be interconnected. Chronic stress can lead to anxiety, and anxiety can increase stress levels.

If you’re struggling with stress, anxiety, or both, we can help.

 
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