Alpha-Wave Stimulation (AWS) is a non-invasive treatment that has been shown to significantly reduce levels of anxiety, depression and insomnia by stimulating the alpha waves of the brain. Studies have shown that AWS increase levels of Serotonin, Melatonin and Dopamine, as well as decreasing levels of Serum Cortisol.
When treating patients for anxiety, panic attacks, stress and worry, it is often found that levels of Serotonin, Melatonin and Dopamine are suppressed. Serotonin is regarded by some researchers as a chemical that is responsible for maintaining mood balance and that a deficit of Serotonin may lead to depression. In fact, Serotonin is thought to be especially active in contributing to well-being and happiness.
Dopamine is a neuro-transmitter released by the brain which notably contributes towards pleasure and reward, stable moods and healthy sleep patterns. Deficiency of Dopamine may be the cause of poor attention levels and declining memory function.
Melatonin is a hormone that is made by a small gland in the brain which helps to control and maintain healthy sleep cycles. It is often found that as a consequence of anxiety and stress, Melatonin levels may drop which will inhibit the quality of good sleep. Anxiety of course also contributes to disturbed sleep patterns as well.
Cortisol is often called the ‘stress hormone’ because of its connection to the stress response. High levels of Cortisol can have a bearing on mood swings and may also contribute towards anxiety and depression.
At the VRIT Clinic, we recommend a series of AWS treatments in conjunction with VRIT as the benefit of these treatments tend to be cumulative. Some people even show improvement after the very first session.
AWS is a non-invasive treatment that has been shown to significantly reduce levels of anxiety, depression and insomnia
You’ll either have an ear clip electrode attached to each ear or wear a headband which enables the connectors to be placed either side of the temples and you will experience little or no sensation.
AWS is offered an adjunct to VRIT and taken as a combined therapy has often proved to produce the most sustainable positive results.
However, if you are pregnant, or suffer from epilepsy or have pacemakers fitted, this treatment will not be suitable for you.