I thought to share this email exchange with a student from the east coast as it contains tips on handling abnormal conditions that clients can’t find solutions for in the medical world….
Hi Jocelyn-
I had a quick and sort of random question. I have a client who has hyperacusis in her left ear which is basically a super sensitivity to sound. She’s had it ever since she got in a big car accident in her twenties (she’s in her seventies now). She really has never found any solutions for it and it interferes with her ability to do everyday things.
I was wondering if you know anything about it and if neuromuscular work could be any benefit? She has told me she’s had trouble with that entire side since the accident.
Just curious if you’ve ever encountered anything like that!   A

 
Hi A
As far as the whole left side being ‘different since the accident’, that sounds like shock/trauma shutting down communications between the hemispheres. Don’t underestimate the power of Brain Buttons. Sometimes I use them for a good 10 minutes of the session along with a lengthy teaching about how stress turns off communication between the hemispheres and has some VERY predictable shifts that it does in our metabolism.
 
One word of warning: People who have had a condition for a long time may argue with your assessment and resist the work and so, often they get to keep the condition, because they find the therapist wrong or simply stop seeing them. I worked with a woman just like that at a Triathlon. Because I am so sure of what needs to happen I am able to command attention to what I am saying instead of allowing the recycling back through trauma experiences and remembered pain over and over again. She retold parts of the story to me repeatedly during a 1/2 hour tune up. Remembered tension recreates the tension.  Putting one’s attention on the space around you is another way to get away from being trapped in the trouble. 
 
I’ve never encountered anything like hyperacusis after an accident, but I encounter things I’ve never encountered most days these days. Trust your instincts. I listen carefully and imagine how the body shuts itself down and stores information as pattern recognition in what Milton Erickson would call ‘Compelling Personal Reference Experiences’.  These are the imprints the body/mind takes at moments of great danger to our survival.
 
Since she’s had this condition a long time and is now fairly old, my solution for the hyperacusis would be to wear a good sound modulator earplug such as drummers use. They are fitted to your ear. If I were her, I would wear it whenever I was in an environment with noise or even while watching TV.
 
Be well, stay happy, Jocelyn
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Have you ever had a muscle spasm that came out of nowhere? Do you have any chronic pain patterns that show up worse when you are under a lot of stress? Most of us understand that stress causes dis-ease, but not many people understand how or why.

Muscular coordination depends on easy communication between the two hemispheres of the brain. We call this Contra-lateral coordination, because both hemispheres of the brain must be functioning and in communication for our bodies to coordinate movement bi-laterally (on both sides). Stress shuts this down this function.
This disconnect is one of our essential survival skills, it enables us to react quickly without thinking. However, prolonged stress, or the after effects of traumatic injuries can create a permanent condition of disconnection between the hemispheres of the brain. On a hormonal level, this results in an increase in adrenal activity, leading to chronic anxiety difficulty sleeping, and the feeling of being on edge and restless.

Adrenal hormones put us on our toes, and cause us to tense up a predictable group of muscles: the low back, back of the neck, calves, and our diaphragm. Adrenaline also affects our muscle tone and resilience. Muscles all over our body tense up: the tight ones get tighter, and the weak ones have spasms. This is what leads to the phenomena we call “My back went out.”
Coordination confusion resulting from a prolonged stress effect is the underlying problem with many physical conditions and symptoms that most bodywork modalities cannot resolve. Luckily, there are a few simple techniques that can resolve this complex coordination problem. Once this underlying “operating system” is corrected, the nervous system will allow the body to change, heal, and reorganize more quickly.

One technique that we use every day at the Healus Center is called “Brain Buttons.” This simple tool comes out of educational kineseology, and was developed to help students prepare their brains for learning in school. It also helps to correct the contra-lateral coordination system, and can correct a wide array of functional inhibitions in the body. Using Brain Buttons regularly will improve your ability to pay attention, increase your coordination, reduce your risk of physical injury, and mediate the impact of stress in your life. It is the single most effective tool we can recommend to clients with occasional but recurring pain patterns.
Brain Function Facilitation enables us to reconnect the communication between the hemispheres quickly. Clients feel better immediately, sometimes with an immediate cessation of muscular pain patterns. The best part is: You can do this for yourself! Click Here to learn how.

Mental clarity and physical coordination are intimately connected. If you have a chronic or acute physical condition, you can come in for a free 1/2 hour assessment and we will give you a copy of Brain Buttons and show you how to calm your nervous system so your body can heal. Stay tuned to the Healus Neuro Rehab Center blog for our next piece on the correct biomechanics of your low back and hips.

photo16Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to our attitude and energy level. Yet sleep in our older years tends to become elusive as our stress hormones are no longer mediated by the abundance of estrogen we had in younger years. When hormone levels fall, muscles harden, exacerbating migraines and tension.

 

Here are some natural ways to help you relax for deep sleep:

Hot baths before bed are notoriously effective in relaxing hypertension and regulating deep relaxation. Taken before bed, a bath can produce a relaxation effect within 20 minutes by dilating blood vessels and reducing blood pressure when cortisol levels wake you with worrisome or anxious thoughts.

Hold points on your governing meridian. Before going to sleep at night lie on your side and touch the spot at the very top of your head with one hand, and your tailbone with the other hand. Take slow, deep breaths, counting to four on the inhale, and four on the exhale. Imagine your breath filling your torso, and then sinking behind you, through your back and into the space behind you. You can also trace your mind up and down your spine, slowly, from top to bottom. This exercise helps to unwind tension, stress, and spinal trauma. With regular practice, you will definitely see the quality and quantity of your sleep improve.

Have a family member or friend hold your adrenal points. Two reflex points will release your adrenal stress before you go to sleep, enabling you to sleep more readily and more deeply. Once your partner finds the points, no pressure is needed. Just touching and holding those points will bring the system to equilibrium and put you to sleep.

The Adrenal Stress Points:treatment
The location of the first point is on our shoulder blade 1″ from the medial border nearest the spine, and 1″ down from the top edge of the bone. If you touch the blade with 2 to 3 fingers, you can’t miss it, as it will be tender to the touch upon pressure. The second point is halfway down the back of the hand, between the 3rd and 4th hand bones (ring and little finger). Hold the points for 1-3 minutes on each side of the body or until you feel pulsation under your fingertips.

With a little attention and regularity, these simple steps will have you sleeping through the night and awakening fully restored and rejuvenated!