The big message here is that your brain and your body are CONNECTED via your neck.
What happens in your brain, happens in your body and vice versa.
To heal your brain we must heal your body,
to heal your body we must also heal your brain.
Leaving one of these out, will prevent total healing.
When you have an event/s happen to you which overwhelmed your ability to process and integrate them at the time they happened, all of your internal and external systems are pushed out of balance.
Your body, and all the processes that happen there, your mind and all your emotional availability, and ability to connect to your rich emotional inner world and your spirit are thrown out of balance.
Then disease occurs; these diseases are physical and mental in nature. Disease is connected to overwhelming emotional states that were never resolved.
All your bodily systems will remain out of balance until you do something to purposefully rebalance them.
To get 100% well again you need to address all 5 levels of your experiences:
physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and energetic levels.
There is a direct connection between your brain and your gut/intestines.
So essentially, “What is in your gut is also in your brain”. Most people who have mental health issues also have their gut out of balance. It can be riddled with bad bacteria, parasites, and if so it will struggle to manage digestion, and properly absorb the healthy, nutritious foods you do eat.
What follows is “leaky gut” (where toxins leak out of the intestine and into your blood. Ewww. As you can imagine, this makes you quite sick.) It can lead to gastric reflux, diahrrea, constipation, diverticulitis, Crohn’s Disease, IBS, and also anxiety, depression, insomnia, schizophrenia, and many other mental ill health conditions.
So, you also have to rebalance your gut to rebalance your mind and emotions and thoughts. If you leave this part out you will never be able to completely rebalance all of the levels necessary to live and full, healthy, happy life.
This (gut) part is very important and MUST be corrected in a any good trauma therapy recovery plan.
In addition to good trauma therapy, I recommend that you have a consultation with a Functional Medicine doctor or a Naturopath well trained in restoring balance to all your body systems and knowledgable about; Pyrroles, Methylation, Thyroid Health, Bio Identical Hormones, and Gut Health.
In this link, Functional Medicine Doctor, Mark Hyman, explains Functional Medicine.
These tests and treatments are mostly NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE and are costly. You can go slowly over a longer time to recover on a physical body level. Often you have spent years on psycho-pharmaceutical medications to help your symptoms.
These might include: countless rounds of antibiotics, anti depressants, anti anxiety medications, anti inflammatories, pain relief meds, insomnia pills, chemical contraception, and gut problem medications.
Many of these are also toxic to your system, and a good doctor or naturopath will know how to treat you for the damage these drugs have done, and put you on some effective alternate treatments.
Dr Kelly Brogan, a psychiatrist in New York, has written about how to come off psychiatric medications of that is what you would like to do.
You will need to see a naturopath (generally more affordable) or functional medicine doctor (generally more expensive) to help you bring your physical body back into balance.
The longer your physical body has been out of balance, the more of the inter-connected systems inside your body will be out of balance.
These include; your gut health, the balance of all your hormones, vitamins, minerals, neurotransmitters, and all the other systems; respiratory, reproductive, immune, digestive, nervous, muscular, lymphatic, urinary, endocrine.
All of these systems are affected by all the others. When one system is out of balance eventually others also become unbalanced.
We could do all your therapy together and you would feel so much better, but until all these are also returned to balance, you wont be as recovered as you will be when all these are in balance.
It is important your Naturopath or Functional Medicine Doctor is a member of an association like the AIMA
MENTAL – NEUROFEEDBACK
Neurofeedback (NFB) is recommended for trauma recovery now. It helps the mental level dysregulation rebalance itself.
Neurofeedback, also called neurotherapy or neurobiofeedback, is a type of biofeedback that uses real-time displays of brain activity—most commonly electroencephology (EEG), to teach self-regulation of brain function. Typically, sensors are placed on the scalp to measure activity, with measurements displayed using video displays or sound.
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Neurofeedback is graded by the American Academy of Pediatrics, with their highest rating: Level 1 evidenced based treatment for ADHD.
On this You Tube video a returned U.S. Marine explains how Neurofeedback helped him with PTSD.
Source: Psychiatric Times. Vol. 19 No. 2 – Alondra Oubré, Ph.D.
Read full article on psychiatrictimes.com
Neurofeedback, also called electroencephalogram (EEG) biofeedback or neurotherapy, is an adjunctive treatment used for psychiatric conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, phobic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, depression and affective disorders, autism, and addictive disorders (Moore, 2000; Rosenfeld, 2000; Trudeau, 2000).
Your “Spirit” is your ability to connect not only to yourself fully, but also your ability to connect meaningfully with other people in all your relationships. Most people who have mental health issues of all kinds also have relationships that are painful for them. You may find that no matter what you do you cannot correct what’s wrong in your relationships.
Your spiritual life also includes your beliefs about the bigger picture of your place in the world and what has meaning for you. Trauma disconnects you from yourself and others. Lack of connection in life leads to other problems which also become painful.
Trauma resolution means all the pieces of your journey thus far make sense and you have no more symptoms holding you back form the life you want to live.