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Stress Reduction

Anxiety and stress are growing problems in today's society, where work hours are long, vacations are rare and there is very little physical activity to vent the adrenalin produced during stressful situations. This can result in an almost constant state of overarousal, where the brain is too active and will not allow relaxation and the normal release of tension that is required for a healthy lifestyle.

Research using EEG technology has indicated brainwave activity associated with a relaxed state of mind (Morse, 1993). Using brainwave stimulation, NP3 is able to stimulate these brainwave frequencies to calm the user, and reduce stress and anxiety with protocols that have demonstrated success in clinical studies.

In 2000, a study was conducted among employees at a Dutch addiction care center, with workers for whom burnout was a particular large risk. Before and after the session, all of the subjects completed Spielberger's State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) test, which is an evaluation tool that is very widely used to determine stress and anxiety levels.

Those who received the stimulation showed a significant, immediate decrease in state anxiety after the sessions, and this effect was consistently demonstrated across 4 tests- the alpha stimulation resulted in lower stress levels every time.

Neuro-Programmer 3 includes multiple sessions like the one used in this experiment to successfully and significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels.

 

Further Reading

Howard, C. E. (1986). A comparison of methods for reducing stress among dental students. Journal of dental education, 50(9), 542-44.

Le Scouarnec, R. P., Poirier, R. M., Owens, J. E., Gauthier, J., Taylor, A. G., & Foresman, P. A. (2001). Use of binaural beat tapes for treatment of anxiety: a pilot study of tape preference and outcomes. Alternative therapies in health and medicine, 7(1), 58-63.

Morse, D. R. (1993). Brain wave synchronizers: A review of their stress reduction effects and clinical studies assessed by questionnaire, galvanic skin resistance, pulse rate, saliva, and electroencephalograph. Stress Medicine, 9, 111–126.

Ossebaard, H. C. (2000). Stress reduction by technology? An experimental study into the effects of brainmachines on burnout and state anxiety. Applied psychophysiology and biofeedback, 25(2), 93-101.

Padmanabhan, R., Hildreth, A. J., & Laws, D. (2005). A prospective, randomised, controlled study examining binaural beat audio and pre‐operative anxiety in patients undergoing general anaesthesia for day case surgery*.Anaesthesia, 60(9), 874-877.

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