Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Yes, you can! We used to believe that learning and brain development was something better suited to the young brain, but research has shown that the brain has incredible plasticity and the ability to form new neural pathways, at any age.
This may be of great value to many who are trapped in negative thought patterns or behaviors caused by trauma, shock or severe stress. A very traumatic experience can lead to severe anxiety or the inability to cope with certain situations. This happens when the brain has associated a particular set of experiences or an environment with the trauma which can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and sleep breathing disorders such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS).
Certain techniques, such as brain training with neurofeedback, can teach the brain a new way to respond to these stimuli and free the patient from the anxiety and sleep breathing disorders caused by the initial trauma.
UARS is a sleep breathing disorder related to Obstructive Sleep Apnea, often initiated after emotional or physical trauma. UARS leads to chronic cortisol stimulation which has significant implications for health.
Brain training with neurofeedback can help the brain overcome the initial emotional trauma which caused the onset of UARS, and may be a valuable tool in the treatment of sleep breathing disorders.
In this month’s article, read more about how brain training can unseat deep emotional trauma’s which can lead to UARS and OSA. We have also included an interesting podcast by a UARS expert,