The term psychosomatic refers to real physical symptoms that arise from the mind and appear in the body from emotional - psychological causes rather than organic. Psychosomatic illness comes from stress or negative thoughts, which manifest as physical symptoms that are real - such as the sensation of pain being felt - and can be as damaging as symptoms from other causes. It is estimated that over 90% of medical visits are due to psychosomatic symptoms, so they are more common than people realize (Rosch, 1991; American Academy of Family Physicians Survey, 1988). For example, depression can contribute to psychosomatic illness, especially when the body's immune system is weakened by severe and / or chronic stress.
Quantum Biofeedback helps to detect and determine the causes of stress in each individual, the proper management of stress and its reduction, resulting in the reduction of psychosomatic symptoms. For each person, stress manifests itself in a unique way according to its biochemical "identity". There are different reactions from person to person and different ways of managing stress. Two people in the same stressful situation will react very differently. Once we understand the unique way stress affects each of us - both emotionally and physically - it becomes possible to start developing healthy and effective ways to deal with it. Quantum Biofeedback promotes this process, as 95% of our mind is subconscious and only 5% is conscious.
Some common psychosomatic symptoms are:
- Increased sweating of the limbs
- Increased heart rate
- Intestinal problems
- Muscle tension
- Muscle aches
- Muscle spasms
- "Butterflies" or stomach pain
- Headaches / Migraines
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- High blood pressure
- even the course of serious illnesses, such as cancer, can be affected by thoughts, feelings, and general mental health.
A common example of psychosomatic symptoms is when children often manifest stress through their body because they have not yet developed the language they need to communicate how they feel. For example, a child who has difficulty at school may have frequent stomach aches and may be driven home or asked to stay home.
When you are suffering from stress, you may experience the above physical symptoms, possibly from unconsciously stretching your muscles for extended periods. The nervous system is on the verge of fight-or-flight responses to stress. This affects blood pressure, heart rate, digestion and glucose levels. Stress causes physical symptoms and, therefore, the disease is caused by the release of certain chemicals in the body, including cortisol and adrenaline, which can lead to inflammation (Liu, Wang & Jiang, 2017). Stress can make you sick. The disease can also put your immune system at risk. Some people find that when pressed, they are more likely to catch a virus. They can also get more infections, such as cystitis, and with stress, it may take longer to heal.
Psychoneuroendocrine immunology (PNEI) is the field of research that investigates the interactions between psychological and mental processes and how they affect the nervous system, the endocrine (hormonal) system and the immune system. bonds in the systems of the human body. It was born about thirty years ago as a convergence of different disciplines such as scientific behavior, neuroscience, endocrinology and immunology. He considers the human body as a structured and interconnected unit where biological and psychological systems interact with each other. PNEI takes into account that the body is a multidimensional approach that incorporates psychology, neuroscience, immunology, physiology, genetics, pharmacology, molecular biology, psychiatry, behavioral medicine, infectious diseases, endocrinology and rheumatology. PNEI has its roots in stress research, pioneered by Hans Seyle, a student at Johns Hopkins University and McGill University and a researcher at the Université de Montréal, and later by psychology researchers Robert Ader and Nicholas Cohen at the University of Rochester.
The central nervous system is a huge variety of connections throughout the body that incorporates sympathetic and parasympathetic systems.
"Every thought, emotion, idea or belief has a neurochemical consequence" (Stibal, 2010).
These natural chemical messengers, called neuropeptides, were thought to be found only in the brain. Pioneering research by the neuropharmacologist Dr. Candice Pert, 2007, revealed that these neuropeptides are present in both the cell walls of the brain and the immune system. These substances contain information that affects our senses and our physiology.
It is now possible to integrate biological and psychological research into the reconstruction of the health / disease balance and the mechanisms that affect the individual as a whole - Holistic Quantum Medicine. What science needs for a new example that will free itself from the narrowness of twentieth-century scientific culture, with its roots in formulating a diagnosis and dealing only with symptoms and not causes.
Psychosomatic symptoms can lead you to a doctor, who can rule out any illness that may be causing them. Without a diagnosis, you can only get treatment that aims to relieve the symptoms, but not the cause.
What can you do when the psychosomatic illness and the organic unexpected symptoms continue?
A non-pharmacological solution that is effective in treating psychosomatic problems is Quantum Biofeedback because it deals with the cause of mental and emotional stress. Quantum Biofeedback incorporates the Holistic Quantum Medicine approach of the mind-body.
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