Posts in Stress
Why the heart talks to the brain

It’s the way we were made. Science is still learning about the neurophysiology of stress and trauma.  Along that journey of discovery science discovered that it's "not all about the brain".  In fact the heart, for example, communicates with and influences the brain via the nervous system, hormonal system and other pathways.

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Peak performance can be learned

Leading athletes and sports people must often confront the unrelenting challenge to perform at their best week after week, combined with the impossible expectations of others. The result is of course high stress which is typically not optional. The key to mastery is not motivation or a self-help book.  It is about SELF though - Self awareness, Self control and Self management.  These three qualities you can gain with the help of biofeedback. 

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Stress and competition

Undoubtably there are athletes seeking peak performance that have all the technical skills to be world-class but they are underperforming. Something holds them back as competition looms. Multichannel physiological monitoring with a NeXus system can help us spot how high performers respond to pressure - and what holds them back. We can identify possible strategies for biofeedback training or some other cognitive-behavioural strategy to achieve a performance breakthrough.

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Biofeedback and musculoskeletal disorders

Biofeedback can help Work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMD) which are a major source of lost productivity and disability. LIght duty and computer operation are typical of those jobs in which muscle loads are low but static postures and repetitive actions lead to problems. We may monitor the trapezius muscle as well as respiration rate, skin temperature and more to identify issues and set a foundation for effective retraining

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The brain in your heart

For centuries the heart has been considered as the source of emotion, courage and even wisdom but science is only just getting to grips with the complexity of this influence. We look at heart rate variability (HRV) that gives us some leverage to improve performance under pressure.

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Biofeedback and the molecules of emotion

We are all "designed" to respond to change as if our lives depended upon it.  Often our lives can depend on how we respond.  Change has effects that ripple down to the level of a single cell in each of our bodies.  Biofeedback techniques should be at the fingertips of every therapist because they can provide a unique window to glimpse how an individual's body is responding to change.

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