How the Optimal Health Program Retrains the Brain
Every client that comes to Inner Act receives a program plan that is customized to his or her specific needs and goals. Our programs are flexible, ranging from intensives lasting a week or two (helpful for those coming from New York, Boston or other areas) to weekly sessions over an extended period of time. Inner Act Optimal Health programs include:
- Insomnia and Disturbed Sleep: Turning Off My Noisy Brain
- Preparation for Medical Procedures and Surgery
- Treatment for the Effects of Lyme Disease
- Chronic Pain
On your first visit, Rae Tattenbaum will interview you to learn about your needs, concerns and goals. Prior assessments and diagnoses are considered at this time. We then use a decision tree to identify which conditions we should approach first. Based on the chosen protocol, we then select the appropriate Biofeedback instruments and learning tools.
Insomnia and Disturbed Sleep: Turning Off My Noisy Brain
Sleep seems so simple yet can be so difficult. Sleep is an active state that is important to our health, performance, learning and safety. Some of the latest research indicates that a state of “hyper arousal” contributes to insomnia. Thus it becomes a challenge for each of us to develop our own process for preparing and staying asleep.Thus it becomes a challenge for each of us to develop our own process for preparing and staying asleep.
Before you make a commitment to a sleep medication, you might try Inner Act’s program for insomnia. The relaxation process has demonstrated its effectiveness in helping insomnia patients fall asleep.
For the past several years, EEG Biofeedback has been utilized with behavioral approaches to treat insomnia. The Inner Act Program uses the relaxation process and Neurofeedback to improve our clients’ sleep. This is a 10-20 session program done twice a week.
The Sleep Therapy Program Includes:
- An assessment process to explore your attitudes, pre-sleep routines and patterns
- Dialogue regarding insomnia therapies and the possible need for a sleep evaluation
- The use of a sleep log, which will be reviewed at each session to track changes
- Practicing the relaxation process while being monitored
- A 30-minute Neurofeedback session at each visit
From our program, you will learn how to get to sleep faster, return to sleep, and sleep longer. If you are in need of an assessment, we will help you find a convenient sleep center.
For more information on the Inner Act approach to sleep disorders, click here to view the Inner Act Sleep Protocol in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.
Preparation for Medical Procedures and Surgery
This program builds upon our experience in helping people explore the best possible state for them to do healing imagery. When you call for an appointment, your time will be scheduled immediately. You and your practitioner will then explore the impact of the surgery and explore your feelings as well as your fears. Together, we delve into events in your past where you have been able to manage difficulties.
- Sentences, places and sounds that invite a state of relaxation
- Phrases or words you would like to be able to tell yourself
- What you might want your family members to say
Treatment for the Effects of Lyme Disease
Building upon years of research in the stress and healing fields, Inner Act’s Lyme Disease Management Program is modeled after other successful treatment programs. We use a comprehensive approach that incorporates Neurofeedback, psychological and physiological support, and other healing methods that help patients to recover more quickly and completely from the effects of Lyme Disease.
If you have Lyme Disease, you are no doubt fighting issues of sleep, response to antibiotics and a multitude of physiological symptoms. You may be experiencing emotional stress, which can strain your central nervous and immune systems. All of these can be helped by utilizing the Inner Act program. Also, through clinical management and lowering of the emotional and physiological arousal state, antibiotics and other interventions can be more effective.
A recent study by Dr. M Hurd, Dr. O’Malley and Rae Tattenbaum show that Neurofeedback helps normalize the EEG and positively impacts attention, arousal, energy and sleep. Through the clinical management of multiple Lyme patients, we can see that there are commonalities in the symptoms, response to treatment and ability to regain functionality in Lyme Disease patients’ lives.
Problems Associated with Lyme Disease
- Sleep disturbance
- Cognitive issues
- Trauma (It is possible that a disorder such as Lyme triggers old, unresolved emotional or physical trauma or sensations of hopelessness, dependence and depressed mood)
- Unrealistic expectations
- Potential unidentified emotional blocks
- Repetitive patterns of thinking and behavior
The Psycho-physiological Lyme Disease Management Program
Lyme patients can participate in a multi-phase program with Neurofeedback as the critical component. You will learn the Relaxation Process and work on renormalization using the Zengar Institute’s NeuroCARE™, a system designed to recognize the EEG pattern of anxiety, worry, earlier trauma and/or physiological discomfort and to teach the brain to self-regulate. Over a series of sessions, you acquire balance and self correction on a subconscious level. The Zengar system also permits the “letting go” of early trauma and fixed attitudes.
Patients receive instruction in several de-stressing techniques. Skills such as guided imagery are provided and monitored as needed. You will also be taught to balance your arousal and focus – a therapeutic component that is as important as the treatment medications.
Most headaches and pain syndromes can be thought of as stress-related, particularly if we take the word “stress” in its inclusive sense, namely that the brain is in a compromised state because of “stressors” in the person’s life including chronic pain management. In these instances, teaching the brain to self-regulate enables a higher stress tolerance. The Inner Act approach to chronic pain, headaches and migraine has been shown to be highly effective for most individuals.
Our goal of our chronic pain therapy is to help you achieve complete freedom from pain. The Inner Act approach is typically effective by itself but for clients who are not seeing optimal results, we combine our treatment with other pain management therapies and chronic pain specialists to ensure that your pain issues are resolved. Some of these treatment approaches may include hyperbaric (oxygen therapy) sessions and EEG Biofeedback. By combining the Inner Act Program with these other methods, many of our patients achieved complete freedom from pain quickly and without recurrence.