A study published in the American Academy of Neurology demonstrated the neurophysiological and biochemical value of repeated compression using blood pressure cuffs on ones arm and leg for 5 minutes. Brain blood flow was improved for over 24 hours beginning 6 hours after the compression treatments were conducted.
This struck me as a relative benign and cost effective method of treatment for people with neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental conditions, e.g, dementia and autism. I recalled the gowing evidence for intermittent hypoxia and hypocaloric interventions enhancing mental and physical and immune system functioniong. I've been made aware of its use in physical fitness training and want to explore how it could be developed into a safe, low-cost, noninvasive and rather useful 'outside in' treatment for older adults where blood flow is constrained by various forms of cardiovascular disease and impaired functioning.
Then I recalled Stan Grof's early work on what he termed basic perinatal matrices (Grof, 1976) where the fetus is compressed during the birth process and this confers important psychophysiological information that substnatively influences their future development. I saw a connection to Grof's insight about the challenges we experience in the birth process can carry forward into later life and manifesting as emotional and behavioral difficulties. Here we can see how the contraining of blood flow and then its sudden release repeats the experience of compression in the birth canal and subsequent release into progressively more independent, self-organizing and self-sustaining life. I then associated the paper's description of remote ischemic preconditioning to my use of Bioenergetic therapy as a psychophysiological way to enhance body-mind flexibility and self awareness.
Quietmind's current treatment model focuses on using photobiomodulation to increase cortical microcapillary perfusion, regional cerebral blood flow, ATP and specific chaperone proteins while reducing beta amyloid buildup. This is combined with brainwave biofeedback training to repair the dysregulated neural connectivity and functional medicine that can address any underlying infectious or metabolic sources of impaired immune response and systems-oriented Bioenergetic Analysis to re-establish and support more grounded emotional and interpersonal functioning.
Noninvasive non-drug treatment of dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders with photobiomodulation is getting more evidence of its effectiveness published in the traditional scientific literature. We are gratified and excited to see this approach gaining traction and hope this can lead to increased interest in Quietmind's integrated treatment model of photobiomodulation with infrared light and brainwave biofeedback training. This study builds on the work done at MIT with animals and shows how the pulsed light can influence neurochemistry and cellular communication processes to mitigate neurodegenerative activity.
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