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The “sympathetic” nervous system is what we commonly call our “fight or flight” response. When our brains perceive a threat, the nervous system is wired to have an instantaneous response. This causes our adrenal glands to secrete a hormone called epinephrine, the pupils of our eyes to dilate, and blood flow diverts away from the digestive system and into skeletal muscles which are the muscles that move the body. The body primes itself for action. It’s getting ready to fight off an attacker or run away. Realistically, if I feel threatened, I may hit, punch, kick, but my main priority is to get out of the situation. It’s an instantaneous response that happens in less than one second, so it’s pretty quick.read more
Many people have been angry lately; maybe you’re one of them. People who are consistently angry or enraged over a long period of time develop a condition called Outrage Fatigue.
Now this is different from Compassion Fatigue, which comes from caring all the time. Compassion Fatigue wears you down; Outrage Fatigue beats you down until you’ve reached the point of complete apathy; you just can’t care any more.
So how do we counteract this?
I read an article in a Massage Magazine about survivors of Domestic Violence and I was really inspired by that. So these are women who have been abused by a close intimate partner and it took some coaxing to get them to go to a massage therapy session. When you think about it, it’s a very vulnerable position for them. Generally the client has disrobed, they are lying on a massage table covered with a sheet, but it’s a very vulnerable space. So for them to receive safe touch in a situation like that is something that can serve their healing process. They initially go to a female therapist; and then eventually, if all goes well, they graduate to a male therapist. So I really set out to be that male therapist.read more
According to the Center for Disease Control, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US.
Suicide is common among those who abuse alcohol and other substances; it’s common among those with major depression and other mental illnesses, and it’s common among those who have brain injuries that have not been properly addressed.
Now many people think that suicide is a product of depression; it’s not. Suicide is a product of despair. It’s a product of the very firm belief that things are simply not going to get any better.
Hi, I’m Mark with Vital Touch, here to talk to you about dementia. I’ll be discussing four types of dementia, and more importantly how to work with people who have dementia, but first I would like to give you an overview of what dementia is.read more
Hello, this is Jerry Munson with the Body Mechanic Veterans’ Wellness Network, and I’d like to introduce you to one of our practitioners, Mark Holmberg.
Q: Mark, describe a little bit about what you do and how you can help our veterans.
A: Well, to address that I would like to talk about what trauma and PTSD are, and what they are is a reset of the central nervous system. The central nervous system has two settings to it: It has the so-called “fight or flight” response, and it has the “rest and digest” response, and what I would like to impress on our viewers is that both of these settings have their purpose. They both have their place, but the problem is, with PTSD, people get stuck in the “fight or flight” response. This is what leads to the whole insomnia thing, it leads to digestive problems, it leads to hyper vigilance, and in a lot of really bad cases, it leads to suicidal tendencies. What I do to help these people is to help reset the nervous system into “rest and digest.” This is done by helping people feel safe, and it’s done in such a way that they can relax and feel better about themselves.
You’ve probably never heard of “compassion fatigue,” but I’ll bet you’ve felt it. Compassion fatigue is also known as secondary stress, or simply burnout.
It’s very common among people who work in health care or related fields, and it’s a by product of living a life that’s devoted to caring for others. There are several symptoms of compassion fatigue that I’m going to discuss with you. Some of these symptoms are physical, and some are emotional.
It’s February 2018, and there’s been yet another school shooting.
This was the one down in Florida. The death toll ranges between 17-20 students, depending on the source of your information, and there’s been many more wounded.
I’m here to help you cope with this. I’m here to help you recover from this, and I’m going to start by saying that it’s OK to be emotional about this.
The vagus nerve is the second largest nerve in the body, second only to the spinal cord, which is of course located in your vertebral column, and from which many other nerves spring. The term “vagus” comes from the same word root as “vagabond,“ and implies wandering. That’s exactly what the vagus nerve does; it wanders throughout the body, connecting many of the internal organs to the brainstem. Consequently, many of the symptoms of vagus nerve dysfunction are visceral.read more
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, has 17 commonly accepted symptoms. The symptoms fall into four categories: Behavioral symptoms, psychological symptoms, mood symptoms and sleep symptoms.
In terms of behavioral symptoms, people with PTSD suffer from a lot of agitation. They have a hard time relaxing; they are always “keyed up.” They have a lot of irritability, a lot of hostility, and they experience a lot of hypervigilance, which means they’re always “keyed up,” they have a hard time relaxing; they’re always expecting danger. They also suffer from social isolation because they have a hard time connecting with people. they exhibit self destructive behavior and even suicidal tendencies. This is especially prevalent among combat veterans.read more