Neuro Rehabilitative Stimulation Therapies at The Florida House Experience
Everyday our brains are bombarded with stimuli for what we see, smell, taste, hear and touch in our everyday lives, and also how we think and feel about the things we encounter in life. All of this raw information is converted into electrical energy that travels to the brain via nerve impulses for processing. However, when drugs or alcohol enter our body they interrupt our normal sensory information processes. These substances either mimic neurotransmitters that naturally occur in our bodies, or they cause the overproduction of neurotransmitters like serotonin or dopamine, chemicals that are typically produced during real experiences in life that bring pleasure, excitement, etc.
As your brain artificially churns out important neurotransmitters like dopamine due to drugs, your body compensates by creating fewer and fewer receptors, which is what leads to drug tolerance, when the user has to take more drugs to create the same desired effect. The brain essentially re-wires itself to accommodate the continued presence of drugs. When the drug usage finally ends, your neural networks are left dysregulated, with neurons reacting to the lack of artificial neurotransmitters, which is what causes withdrawal symptoms and intense cravings.
It takes time above everything else for your neural networks to repair themselves and return to normal. However, at The Florida House Experience, we offer a series of electrical, magnetic, and vibrational stimulation therapies designed to encourage the neural repair process and to combat the symptoms of neural dysfunction, such as cravings, withdrawals, depression, anxiety, attention problems and memory loss.
Alternate Pulse Stimulation Therapy
In addition to the things in our life we consciously control (movement, etc) there are several vital functions that our body does without us even thinking about them, such as breathing, our heart beating, and our body digesting food. These essential functions are governed by what is known as the autonomic nervous system. With the ANS, there are two separate sub-systems: The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Your sympathetic nervous system controls what are known as “fight-or-flight” responses to stimuli; it prepares your body for action, increasing your heart rate, releasing stored sugar from your liver into the bloodstream, and takes other steps so that you’re ready to fight or retreat in stressful situations.
In a normal functioning human brain, the sympathetic nervous is constantly operating at a baseline level, and as part of normal homeostasis, your body is constantly balancing between the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, and its ANS counterpart, the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system dictates automatic activity when a body is at rest, what is referred to as the “rest-and-digest” responses. These include digestion after eating, sexual arousal, and crying among other activities.
There is a constant push-and-pull in a normal human body, between stress and relaxation as controlled by the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. In the body of someone addicted the drugs or alcohol, this equilibrium can be severely disrupted. At The Florida House Experience, we have found a new way to return you to equilibrium.
Neurosignaling, powered by Thync technology
At FHE, our Alternate Pulse Stimulation treatment uses proprietary neurosignaling technology developed by Thync so help bring balance back to your body and your life. Combining elements of both Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), our Alternate Pulse Stimulation therapy use low-intensity, high-frequency pulsed currents (what we refer to as “vibes”) that target three key neural pathways through the head and neck. The result is that the neurosignaling produces a relaxing “vibe” to the parasympathetic nervous system that helps restore you to a state of balance.
High Frequency Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Stimulation Therapy
High-Frequency Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Stimulation is another unique neuro-rehabilitative therapy offered exclusively at The Florida House Experience. H.F. Pulsed Electromagnetic Stimulation uses both transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) technology to help rebuild and recondition neural pathways that may have been damaged due to prolonged substance use or alcoholism. By distributing continuous current pulses to the scalp region, it has been shown that neuronal excitability increases in both the cortical and subcortical regions of the brain, directly beneath where the current stimulation occurs. This increased neurons excitability, in turn, increases the likelihood of greater neuron depolarization (what happens when neurons fire to send messages). Improving neuronal excitability is one of the the ways in which we can medically repair the brain’s natural chemical reward system, which governs human behavior and is frequently disturbed by substance abuse. At The Florida House Experience, we utilize both direct and alternating stimulation techniques, and derive a tailored stimulation treatment regimen for each patient, depending on factors such as personal history, drug of choice, and many more key factors. Transcranial current stimulation therapy has been demonstrated to produce marked biochemical and physiological changes in our patients.
Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy
Our Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy uses Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTCMS) which involves an electromagnetic coil that sends magnetic pulses, rather than an electrical current, to a patient’s brain in a safe, comfortable, and controlled setting. Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy is a very new neuro-rehabilitative technique, one that has been shown to improve the moods of patients with Major Depressive Disorder, and with general depression associated with neurological dysfunction or with some form of substance use disorder. This therapy has been used to treat a number of other neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s Disease or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The same therapy can also help correct neurological dysregulation in those suffering from drug addiction or alcoholism, and thus improve the chances of long-term recovery. In Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, the electromagnetic coil works similar to a pacemaker for the heart, sending electrical current to regions subcortically at a regulatory rate determinant to the condition being resolved.
BioSound Feedback therapy at The Florida House Experience combines vibrational stimulation with highly-tuned Heart Rate Variability (HRV) monitoring to provide a unique type of biofeedback therapy. Our HRV system monitors pulse, blood pressure, and breathing rate during BioSound Feedback sessions, in order to capture a complete and total picture of what is happening internally. Using binaural sounds and vibrational stimulation, our BioSound patients are brought into a theta state of brain activity, the same state of brain activity that occurs during Stage-1 sleep, in order to encourage relaxation and meditation. In this meditative state, patients are provided with a variety of different audio playlists to listen to, all designed to produce feelings of positive affirmation and self-worth.