Mind Alive Blog
Friday, February 25, 2011
Using Alternative Methods for Pain Management
Here's the entire post :
Analysis of National Survey Shows CAM Use in People With Pain or Neurological ConditionsAccording to an analysis of the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, approximately 44 percent of American adults with pain or neurological conditions, compared to about 33 percent of people without those conditions, used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) during the previous year. The analysis, published in the Journal of Neurology, also revealed that 51 percent of adults with these conditions did not talk to their health care provider about their CAM use.
Researchers examined common pain or neurological conditions: headaches, including migraines; memory loss; stroke; low-back pain spreading to the leg; seizures; and dementia. The most common CAM therapies used by people with these conditions were mind-body therapies (25 percent), such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga; biologically based therapies (21 percent), such as herbal therapies; manipulative and body-based therapies (19 percent), such as massage and chiropractic care; and alternative medical systems (4 percent).
Nearly 33 percent of respondents with pain or neurological conditions, compared to approximately 21 percent of respondents without those conditions, reported using CAM because of their health care provider’s recommendation. In addition, respondents with pain or neurological conditions indicated that they used CAM because conventional treatment did not work (20 percent vs. 10 percent) and was too expensive (9 percent vs. 4 percent).
These data offer more insight into the use of CAM by people with pain or neurological conditions. The researchers noted that this analysis demonstrates the need for more robust studies on the efficacy of CAM therapies for people with these conditions.
- Wells RE, Phillips RS, Schachter SC, et al. Complementary and alternative medicine use among U.S. adults with common neurological conditions. Journal of Neurology. 2010;257:1822–1831.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Can AVE help you? Part 2
This one was a surprise to me! Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a life-threatening condition that affects over 60 million North American adults. How do you know if your blood pressure is high? Hypertension is defined as a systolic pressure exceeding 140 mm mercury (Hg) and exceeding 90 mm Hg, diastolic pressure. Many people with hypertension display "white coat syndrome", a conditioned response of the autonomic nervous system to increase blood pressure during anxiety. Using sub-delta AVE produced a drop in systolic of 20 mm Hg and diastolic pressure by 16 mm Hg. On average, the best medical treatment (using multiple meds) produces a drop of 16 mm Hg. The entire study is here.
Autistic/Special Needs Children
Our testimonial section has a number of parents who have used AVE to help their kids. Kids who had behavior problems had better reviews in school with only using the AVE for a month. I work with quite a few children in my Body Talk practice and the kids love the flashing lights and sound. I can keep them still for at least 20 min.
I wish I could figure out a way to get AVE in the hands of more business people, especially with high stress jobs that require travel. Traveling has it's own set of challenges with time changes, language barriers, flights, delays, hotels and unfamiliar food these all can be stressful. Having a 20 min session "meditation" session would help sleep and definitely help people stay focused on the job.
From our Facebook fan page I was encouraged to write about how AVE helps anxiety, in a safe, simple and convenient way. Some of my friends suffer from anxiety to the point of it keeping them from doing simple things like grocery shopping. I haven't convinced them to try AVE yet, even though the testimonials are quite convincing along with the Fibromyaglia study which shows reduced anxiety levels
Migraines can be debilitating to say the least. I've only ever had one, but the people in the testimonial section have had great results using AVE to ease pain that often times medication couldn't. Having worked in a pharmacy you could buy several AVEs for the price of migraine meds.
High stress people
While I love meditation, it's not for everyone. Sitting still is a difficult task to say the least; however, with AVE meditation becomes so much easier for people. Once the brain knows what meditation is supposed to look like "turning off" for 20 min becomes effortless. For those suffering from post traumatic stress, the AVE can be a life saver, because you don't have to relive the experience to deal with it, instead you can let go by sitting back to let the AVE do the work for you.
Hopefully, I've covered everyone. If you didn't see your type in the last two posts check out the testimonial section and the research section of Mind Alive.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Can AVE help you? Part 1
Natural Health Practitioners (including Massage therapists, Reiki, Body Talk, etc)
Clientele who seek out these types of practitioners usually have issues that the traditional medical system hasn't been able to solve. Adding Audio Visual Entrainment to their regular sessions no matter which modality gives the clients the ability to relax before the session. Their bodies start to process emotions before the practitioners touch them. For the practitioner AVE gives them a way to differentiate their services and the ability to charge more.
Research shows that AVE benefits seniors in a number of different ways including helping them battle dementia and reduce depression. The reduction in depression lead to more balance and straighter posture.
With AVE students with ADD and ADHD were able to concentrate better and dramatically improve their reading abilities and reduce anxiety.
Teams such as the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Oakland Raiders have used AVE to help their players focus on the big game. Olympians have also used it to moderate fears and increase relaxation.