has opened the doors for powerful tools that can assist us in advancing therapeutic outcomes even for very complicated, challenging needs.
The first Acuscope available on the market was developed in the early 1980s. The Acuscope is a machine that provides electrical pulse that is a perfect match for brain and body “micro-energies”. Because it perfectly matches what the cells need energetically, its microcurrent supports the healing process at the cellular level. It impacts intracellular balance, cellular metabolism, and stimulates the autonomic nervous system and other brain functioning depending on the selection of the settings of the machine. It activates our own body healing mechanisms and provides an optimum electrical environment for the body to heal itself! The Acuscope also has computers that measure resistance across traumatized tissue and monitors changes while treatment is in progress.
The Acuscope provides soft, gentle electrical current to help support tissue health. Clients feel little to no sensation during treatment. Impact can be seen with 1) chronic pain and imbalanced muscle synergies, 2) anxiety and stress, and 3) motor skills and learning. This modality accelerates the healing process and reduces time needed for higher levels of rehabilitation.
Before we had machines to assist in healing the body, we had our hands. Our hands, being electro-magnetic emanaters have the ability to support at the cellular level as well. Many clinicians have integrated these techniques into practice (craniosacral therapy and myofascial release, healing touch, etc). Currently, there are many options for hand-on-healing techniques. A relatively newer technique on the market is Higher Brain Living®. This technique uses light quick contact touch to activate specific points on the body, in a specific sequence, with specific timing to create a surge of energy. This surge discharges energy built up from an overly used “lower brain” or limbic system (responsible for stress responses, anxiety, and flight/fight/fright reactions to the world) and activates increased energy in the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is the latest area of the brain available to human kind, but to this point in human development, it is not fully used to its potential. At this time we are limited in what we understand about what this area functionally does for us. Neuroscientists from many leading research institutions are studying the frontal lobe and what it does. (We only use between 5-10% of its capacity!) What we do know is that it is responsible for advanced problem solving, being able to see a bigger picture and seeing the world from perspectives of possibility versus limitation. It holds self-identity, motivation and drive, and perceptions of love, compassion, joy, and purpose.
Although it is promoted as a wellness technique, it has been found to support health in many ways. It decreases stress and anxiety, increases motivation and drive towards higher levels of self care and functioning, and opens doors for positive relationships and emotions. Motivation for learning, self-confidence, and positive sense of self emerge within the 22 step process. For the pediatric and adult populations, we have found significant changes in these areas and that the changes occur rapidly. The program involves 22 sessions and participants are given home program technique, which empower them to be able to continue the process without a facilitator once they are done.
This entry was contributed by Nancy Lawton-Shirley, OTR, speaker for session M.