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Stress Management Training & Biofeedback

Stress is more related to the way we view events than the events themselves. The effects of stress can be both emotional and physical. Prolonged stress can have an lasting impact on a person's sense of emotional and physical well-being. It can lead to problems with anxiety, sleep, depression, phobias, as well as eating disorders. Chronic stress can leave a person feeling hopeless sapping them of motivation and enthusiasm.

Physical symptoms affected by stress can include chronic pain, hypertension, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, stomach/gastrointestinal disorders, chronic fatigue, weight problems, and a wide variety of other symptoms and conditions mentioned in the section on Biofeedback Training.

With pressure in modern day America, we have become a generation of people who are overscheduled, overburdened, overindulged, and overweight. We have forfeited enjoyment for excitement and substituted pressure for motivation. With pressure as the fuel for the engine of performance, we have become addicted to our own adrenaline and in the process lost our enthusiasm.

Instead of thriving we may just be surviving. This can lead to emotional, physical, and spiritual burnout. Unless we come to a turning point in the way we are living, we may see the onset of some type of disease resulting from a chronic state of "Dis-Ease."

Using a variety of techniques including biofeedback, Dr. Martin assists clients in understanding the dynamics of stress and ways to reduce the frequency and impact of stress both emotionally and physically.

Biofeedback is a process of learning how to gain more control of the body as well as the mind. Using a computer, various functions of the body are monitored providing immediate auditory and/or visual feedback on how the body is responding. Processes such as respiration, muscle tension, heart rate, blood pressure, blood flow, and EEG activity (brainwaves) can be monitored to help establish control physically and emotionally.

Dr. Martin holds the designation of a "Certified Member of the American Academy of Pain Management" and is Certified by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America in Biofeedback and Neurotherapy ( EEG Biofeedback). His experience and training help clients to address a wide variety of issues.

Biofeedback and other stress management techniques have been demonstrated to be useful in the treatment of:

  • Anxiety
  • Muscle tension
  • Chronic pain
  • Fears and phobias
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • The treatment of Some cancer symptoms
  • Problems with concentration
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias (abnormalities in the rhythm of the heartbeat)
  • Raynaud's Disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Epilepsy
  • Paralysis and spinal cord injury
  • Improving athletic performance by facilitating concentration
  • Other varied bodily functions that are not normally controlled voluntarily.
  • Sleep Disorders

Neurotherapy involves the attaching of electrodes to the scalp area and monitoring the type of brain waves that are occurring. Through this process research has indicated that some individuals are able to improve their concentration skills thereby leading to improved performance in academic, business, as well as sports related activities such as golf, basketball, football, etc..One of the primary uses of EEG Biofeedback is in the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder commonly know as ADD.

With regard to physical symptoms and problems, Dr. Martin is not a physician and does not claim to cure any of the above-mentioned problems but can often help to either reduce the symptoms and/or teach the person how to more effectively deal with them. He recommends that each person follow the treatment recommendations of his/her physician. This program is not designed for persons who are suicidal or need to be in an inpatient program.