Our bodies are designed to constantly move towards and maintain balance. Homeostasis is the state of balance. Allostasis is the process of moving towards balance.
When we encounter stressors, our health can be determined not only by how we respond to stress but also how we recover from stress.
In the world we live in today, numerous stressors are constant and we rarely have time to recover.
The brain is the main organ in the body that correlates and coordinates all of the internal and external stressors. It is part of the Central Nervous System and its main function is to help us to adapt to our environment.
Six major stresses that we deal with can be explained by ‘The Triangle of Health.” The points represent physical stress, emotional stress, and nutritional stress. The sides of the triangle represent toxins, electromagnetic radiation, and infections and allergies.
The body strives for balance. When the brain is in balance the body is in balance. When the body can handle stress, it is balanced and health is good. People become out of balance and dis-eased when they cannot handle stress.
A balanced nervous system presents with a person who is mentally alert, vibrant, has a positive mental attitude and high energy.
When the nervous system is not balanced and is under-aroused one may be easily distracted and experience depression, worry, irritability , and other symptoms.
An unstable or over-aroused system may present with eating disorders, bipolar disorders, mood swings, and panic attacks.
Different symptoms such as anxiety, a racing mind, and a poor expression of emotions may be indications of an over-aroused nervous system.
An exhausted system can present as depression and other illnesses.
The key is to help the body respond and recover from the stresses and come back to balance.
Chronic stress creates patterns in our bodies, especially in our brains. It interferes with the brain’s ability to function and the body’s ability to heal.
It is interesting to note that even though the brain regulates the whole body, it has difficulty in regulating itself. This leads to patterns where the brain gets stuck “like deer in the headlights”.
There are three main systems that work to stay in balance. These are striving to stay in balance not only within themselves but also in relation to the other systems.
These balancing acts are: The sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system, the Gut/Brain connection, and the HPA axis.
One of the main balancing acts is the relationship between the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous systems. The sympathetic system is our fight or flight system, our stress system, our survival system. The parasympathetic system is our healing system.
Many are stuck in a survival mode. When this imbalance exists, the body cannot heal. Chronic stress creates this imbalance which leads to chronic dis-ease.
3 Methods to Get the Brain “Unstuck”
⦁ Brain Tap, developed by Dr. Patrick Porter, is a technology which uses a headset with eye lights and earphones. By using light, binaural beats, isochronic tones, guided imagery, and music, the brain waves can be entrained to new patterns. This creates a healthy balance of the brain waves. The technology creates neuroplastic changes in the brain.
The mechanism works just like looking in the flames of a fire. We get mesmerized because our brain adapts to the light frequencies. The light frequencies influence brain waves.
Sound also causes the brain to entrain to the beats, rhythms, and sounds.
Brain fitness happens and develops just like physical fitness. If Brain Tap is used on a consistent basis, it will create neuroplastic changes.
When the brain and body are put in a stressed mode then the brain goes into survival mode. It gets stuck and can’t get out.
If there have been repeated traumas or a big significant trauma then the brain will need to be worked with to get into a neuroplastic state. This means that it can adapt to different situations appropriately. For example, when it needs to focus, it can focus. When it needs to relax, it can relax. When it needs to sleep it can sleep.
As brain fitness improves, the brain can flow through the different states and function effectively. Brain Tap helps the brain to relax, recharge, and reboot.
⦁ Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET) was developed by Dr. Scott Walker. This can be considered an energy-psyche method.
In this method the brain can be looked at as having 3 different parts.
The first is the brain stem which keeps us alive when we are in a coma.
The neo-cortex is the part of the brain that most people think of as the brain. It works with conscious thought, understanding, reasoning, and logic.
The mid-brain is the home to our subconscious emotions. Studies indicate the subconscious emotions are driving the bus 95% of the time and they can be exponentially more powerful than our conscious thoughts.
NET uses muscle testing, traditional Chinese Acupuncture points, and emotions associated with these points.
When there are emotions stored in the body they can “blow out the circuits”. This technique works like an electrician for the body and resets the body. It deals more with the physiology (function) than the psychology. The person does not have to use their conscious mind to come up with their story. Instead, NET helps to diffuse the energies from the emotions.
Now the person can be energetically OK with emotions associated with a situation. This does not get rid of the emotion nor the memory. It resets the circuit so someone is just “OK”, without the charge.
⦁ Chiropractic adjustments create pattern interruptions in the brain. Neuroscience research is revealing that they are actually affecting brain function. This helps the brain to remove energy blockages and enables the brain to function at optimal levels.
The combination of these methods as well as incorporating other methods (nutrition, detox, cold laser, and homeopathies) remove the interferences that suppress the body’s full expression of life energy.
By looking at the body from an innovative energetic approach, different results can be obtained. More people are realizing that we are energetic beings and quantum science is now able to measure and understand the energies at work.
Dr. Tom Lankering, BS, DC
Tom Lankering is a Bio-energetic chiropractor focusing on brain-based wellness. He has been providing chiropractic care in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley since 1984. Dr. Tom is a co-author of the best-selling book, “Wake Up the Happy Brain.” He was the host and producer for the Aspen based TV show “Healthy Lifestyles” for over 20 years. In 2005, Dr. Tom was the Presidential Chiropractor of the Year for the Colorado Chiropractic Association. The focus of his practice is holistic and addresses the mind, body, and spirit. He incorporates emotional release, nutrition, brain fitness, chiropractic adjustments, and other cutting-edge modalities. His goal is to empower people to live a healthy lifestyle, learn to manage their stress, and to empower people to optimize the full expression of their life energy
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