Lyme Disease and Neurofeedback
For those of us that know and love someone with Lyme Disease or other tick-borne illness, we know all too well the effect it can have on a person’s brain and body. For many, there is an impact on one’s attention, cognitive, or psychological functioning that can make day-to-day living very difficult. The stress of the disease and all of its complications most certainly strains the nervous system and no one can escape the brain fog, anxiety, and fatigue that are par for the course.
What we have learned from psychoimmunology is that when the autonomic nervous system (ANS) is in a hyper stress-activated sympathetic dominant state, not only does a person feel the physical effects of stress, but one’s entire body’s resources kick into gear and “prepare for war.” Unfortunately, untreated or unresolved Lyme is a constant stressor for the ANS and when the body should be using its resources to heal Lyme, it can’t because of this physiological stress response.
No matter how good the care one is receiving, when the ANS is in “war mode”, the immune, hormone and other physiological systems aren’t available to support the body’s own healing mechanisms (Rosen & Donley, 2006). Whether real or imagined, when the body perceives something as a stressor, the central nervous system (CNS) and more specifically the brain, jumps into action and prepares for a crisis, causing the fight, flight, and sometimes freeze response. Even though this is a physiological response, there are ways to calm the ANS and move it from a stressed sympathetic state to a regulated parasympathetic state and allow the healthy functioning to get back online.
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