Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001? What about what you ate for breakfast two days ago? The stronger the emotion, the stronger the memory. This can become a problem when there are triggers in your day to day life that bring back traumatic experiences. Over time, the subsequent cascade of physiologic mechanisms responsible for the stress response can be harmful to the body and impact your ability to handle further stressors (including metabolic, mental/emotional, and or structural stressors). PTSD is an extreme example of this process.
How PTSD and trauma are wired
So for example, say you were rear ended in a car and injured. The body, in an effort to protect against further injury, will go into fight or flight when it thinks the same thing will happen again. So assuming you saw the car in your rear view mirror before it hit you, things that are moving quickly towards you from behind might trigger the emotion that you felt when you were hit. In addition, anything else that you were being exposed to during the event might become a trigger. The song that was playing on the radio, the smell of your partner's perfume or cologne, or even the experience of driving itself might throw you into a fight or flight response. So you can see that over time, especially with multiple traumatic events, how easily these triggers can compound and create a stress disorder.
Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) to treat PTSD
Using the acupuncture system and autonomic response testing, we can identify the specific triggers that bring the person back into the physiological state that they were in while the trauma was happening. We can then separate the trigger from the emotional response so that the person can choose how they react to the situation, instead of automatically experiencing a certain emotion.
Other ways to improve emotional health include:
- Exercise focused on weights and high intensity intervals (HIIT).
- Optimizing digestive function and cleaning up the diet.
- Meditation, Yoga, or getting into a flow state.
- Spending time in nature.
If you are interested in learning more about NET and what can be accomplished with it, visit https://www.netmindbody.com/