WESTLAKE CHIROPRACTIC NOW OFFERS NEUROFEEDBACK IN AUSTIN
Our bodies integrate physiological responses to physical and emotional traumas. But sometimes, long after the trigger is gone, our bodies continue to react as if the triggering event is still present. This can add a significant amount of stress.
What Does a Stress Response Look Like?
Your body might respond to stress with:
- Muscle Tightness
- Chronic Stress
- Teeth Clenching
- Shallow Breathing
- Rapid heart beat
But what if the fire has been put out but the fire alarm is still ringing? How do you convince your
body that the emergency has passed, and it’s okay to turn the stress response off?
You might try yoga or meditation. You might try counseling or drug therapy. But what if these healing modalities fail to send your body the message that accurately reflects your new circumstance?
Then you might consider trying a manual form of neurofeedback.
What Is Neurofeedback?
Dr. Sheffield is the only chiropractor in Austin, Texas who uses this comprehensive approach for internalized stress responses. She successfully applies this healing modality to help patients with chronic stress responses unresponsive to traditional methods. This treatment can benefit patients with PTSD or childhood and adult traumas that negatively impact the ability to function normally and with ease.
Release, Reset, and Restore
Dr. Sheffield’s practice of neurofeedback will help both your brain and your autonomic nervous system to release, reset, and restore the way that your body processes information.
People process traumas with their counselors, which is vital to dealing with all sorts of traumas. Dr. Sheffield encourages and supports other licensed professionals dealing with trauma.
Her modality specifically targets “when the body remembers,” or the causes of internalized stress reactions that become automatic and are often uncontrollable and/or subconscious. Patients still might experience this even after processing cognitively with a licenced counselor.
The XSRM Method
Specifically, Dr. Sheffield uses a form of neurofeedback she calls the Xeno Sensory Release Method (XSRM). Xeno means foreign. This technique releases foreign, or “old” sensory information, using prescribed eye patterns, breathing and manual biofeedback.
Through this process, you will improve your body’s ability to heal and regulate itself by disconnecting old trauma reactions that are stressing your body. Removing excessive stress on your system can significantly improve your health, sense of wellbeing, and quality of life.
The XSRM method is the only form of manual biofeedback that is comprehensive, as it includes both assessing and treating the adrenal gland and atlas bone.
Who Can Benefit From This Type of Neurofeedback?
Patients throughout Austin, Texas are getting relief using this modality. Dr. Sheffield is successfully using this type of neurofeedback to help:
- Abuse Survivors
- Panic Attack Sufferers
- People With Digestive Issues, e.g. Reflux and GERD
- Chronic Teeth Clenching
What to Expect at a Treatment
No wires, no machines.
You will be comfortable in a calm, peaceful, and beautiful healing space. You may lay either face up or face down, fully clothed on a comfortable table. No wires, no machines. You will be in the office for an hour.
No Need to Disclose Specifics
Unlike visiting a counselor, you will not need to disclose the details of your trauma in order to benefit.
This is useful because many people don’t know the source of their trauma, which has long since been buried in the subconscious.
As part of this treatment, it’s essential to support the adrenal gland, which is very important to overall health. This gland regulates hormones, electrolytes and blood pressure. By constantly triggering a stress response, your adrenal gland can become fatigued. Dr. Sheffield may prescribe supplements, in order to rebalance this critical gland.
Atlas Alignment. Vagus Connection.
The first bone of your spine under your head is called the atlas or C1. It is the top bone of your neck and is critical to the “stress” nervous system.
The atlas is located millimeters from our vagal ‘headquarters’ in our brain stem, and misalignments can decrease and interfere with important information reaching our body.
The vagus nerve is key in transmitting information from our brains to our bodies for “automatic” body functions like heart rate, breathing and digestion.
Making sure your atlas is aligned in a neutral position significantly impacts the healing processes when dealing with internalized stress responses. XSRM is the only modality to include precise atlas work with neurofeedback.
XSRM Neurofeedback Case Studies
The case studies below illustrate how Westlake Chiropractic has helped patients achieve results through neurofeedback.
Childhood Trauma At Last Released From the Body
A 71-year-old patient began neurofeedback to help her body’s anxiety responses. Her mother left her when she was 2 years old.
After many years of counseling to process her abandonment, the patient had many breakthroughs. However, she continued to experience physical feelings of internal stress, pent-up anxiety, muscle tightness, shallow breathing, teeth clenching, and the inability to relax her body.
After 8 treatments, she reported a significant shift. She can finally relax her body, has less muscle tension, and the chronic internal anxiety is gone.
Adult Trauma Cleared and Sleep Restored
A 54-year-old man witnessed the results of a tragic accident that killed the son of a close friend. For more than a week after the accident, he experienced severe insomnia: waking up every night at 3 am with increased heart rate and shallow breathing.
Along with the physical symptoms, his mind would replay the visual of the crushed truck in the tree over and over. He could not go back to sleep after waking up and this was beginning to affect his work performance and health.
Dr. Sheffield provided one treatment that cleared the image of the accident and stopped the man from waking up in a fight or flight state.