Health is more than the elimination of disease or symptoms. Many studies have shown that mental/emotional stress causes physical changes in the body, which can lead to other health problems. Studies also show that the body heals faster and the immune system operates better when the body is in a state of balance. Finding your inner resources, your inner strength and cultivating a sense of meaning and purpose are at the very heart of this approach and our clinicians will help you to train to live in a way that would most benefit your whole-person well-being.
What You Can Expect
This program is a heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback-based program. Biofeedback is a collaborative process between you and your clinician(s). Together we help you identify your concrete treatment goals, your assessment strategies, and home practices to move you toward those goals. Because the first step of the process involves self-awareness, you will be invited to monitor your physical sensations, moods and emotions, thought patterns, and habitual behaviors. You will also be asked to engage in home practices that mirror the training you practice in session. Research has shown that daily home practice (20 minutes, twice a day) between sessions is required to rewire the nervous system and create more neurological resiliency.
A few of the practices that will be introduced include:
- Biofeedback - Practice using your own bodily signals to improve your health and well-being. By monitoring bodily signals, you can gain control over physiological reactions that are usually considered unconscious or automatic.
- Meditation and mindfulness training
- Guided imagery
Conditions That Biofeedback Can Treat
Conditions for which lifestyle counseling techniques can be helpful include:
- Chronic insomnia
- Chronic pain
- High blood pressure
- Poor muscle control
- Raynaud’s disease
This program consists of 6-8 weekly sessions lasting 45 minutes except the last appointment which lasts 90 minutes. Student clinicians oversee the sessions and are closely supervised by a licensed naturopathic doctor.
To sign up to participate in the Stress Management and Resiliency program, please contact your Patient Services Representative at (858) 246-9730 or email us at [email protected]