Trauma & Limbic System Impairment
Thrive Neural Retraining is based on the premise that the root cause of depression, anxiety, PTSD, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and environmental illness is often traumatic injury to the autonomic nervous system that results in limbic system impairment.
In other words, as a direct and often immediate result of traumatic injury, or a series of traumatic injuries, the wiring in the autonomic limbic system can become impaired. This impairment, or damaged neural wiring, locks the limbic system into a non-stop "fight, flight or freeze" stress response.
Essentially, traumatic injury turns on a powerful stress response at a very deep level in the autonomic nervous system -- and then this stress response never turns off!
The initial injury or trauma may result from a wide variety of different sources: physical damage, chemical exposure and/or mental/emotional stress (including neglect). However, the impact of these injuries on the central nervous system (CNS) is often one and the same: a stress response (alarm) is triggered within the CNS, at which point the body is unable to regulate this alarm reaction, and the stress response continues to run abated.
Healthy Stress Response
In contrast, the body's natural and healthy response to stress is to activate the stress response only briefly. Then, as soon as the stressful conditions have passed, the compensatory relaxation response automatically "kicks in", and this allows the body to relax and recuperate from the damaging effects of the preceding stress.
Consider, for example, the primal scenario of a human being chased by a tiger:
Chronic Stress Response
Unfortunately, in those instances where the stress, trauma or injury to the autonomic nervous system is severe, the body's natural relaxation response may be inhibited, in which case, the limbic system remains in a state of chronic, unrelenting stress.
Regeneration vs. Degeneration
Regeneration: During states of relaxation, digestion and sleep, the body is able to repair itself, and recover from the damaging effects of stress. In this sense, relaxation is directly linked to the innate healing potential, rehabilitation and regeneration of the body.
Degeneration: In contrast, acute and chronic stress both have a profoundly debilitating and damaging effect on the body -- and the more severe and prolonged the stress, the more severe the physical damage can be.
This why individuals who have experienced extreme stress, or who have been under chronic stress for an extended period of time, often feel like their bodies are beginning to break down and wear out. The truth is, this is exactly what is happening -- because the body has not had an opportunity to relax and heal.
Under normal conditions, the limbic system naturally functions as the "bodyguard" within the autonomic nervous system: when an external threat is perceived, the limbic system instinctively and immediately activates ("turns on") the stress response -- and then, when the threat is gone, the limbic system will calm down allowing the stress response to "turn off" thereby allowing relaxation to begin.
However, in the case of environmental illness and many other forms of limbic system impairment, the damaged neural wiring results in an unrelenting stress response that does not stop. This results in an extreme form hypervigilance within the limbic system as it begins to identify more and more potential threats in the surrounding environment.
This hypervigilance eventually results in two patterns of symptomatic escalation:
This is why conditions like environmental illness can be so debilitating:
Fortunately, the practical application of recent discoveries about the brain's innate neuroplasticity have demonstrated that this chronic stress response and the extreme hypervigilance of the limbic system can both be successfully turned off using neural retraining.
In light of this, three of the most important goals of the Thrive Neural Retraining program are to support you in:
Many of the changes needed to alleviate limbic system impairment are fundamental changes in the energetic signaling within the brain and the central nervous system. In many ways, these changes are comparable to "flipping the switch" that redirects a moving train from one track to another.
Once the "switch" in the limbic system is "flipped" from the impaired mode back to the healthy mode, the physical effects and benefits of this change can be quite dramatic.
In fact, it this potential for rapid "switching" within the limbic system that explains the remarkable accounts of sudden and complete recovery (such as my own) following years or even decades of limbic system impairment.
For the majority of people, however, the neural retraining process is usually more gradual, especially in cases where there may be a longer history of stress or trauma preceding the onset of any debilitating health symptoms.
The process of retraining and recovery may also take more time if it is difficult to find a space in which you can begin your retraining while feeling safe and relaxed.
However, neither of these conditions prohibit the possibility of recovery!
In light of this, the potential for dramatic change and improvement is great, even if you have had a history of trauma or you are currently dealing with chronic stress. At the very least, it is certainly worth exploring the potential of neural retraining in order to have an opportunity to enjoy the new-found freedom this transformational change can provide.
Hope for Improvement
When a dedicated commitment is made to neural retraining, there is huge potential for reversing the effects of limbic system impairment. The brain and central nervous system can be remarkably responsive to customized forms of neural training that capitalize on the fundamental principles of neuroplasticity.
Thrive Neural Retraining is based on these principles, and the program is designed to support you in creating a neural retraining process that will be: