Reducing the Effects of Stress and Trauma: The HeartMath System for Military Personnel
Facilitating Reintegration and Recovery
The HeartMath® System
HeartMath has developed a research-based system of scientifically validated tools, techniques and technology to increase emotional self-regulation. The HeartMath system has been tested in multiple health care, athletic, educational and corporate settings around the world as well as many military medical and psychiatric facilities.
The HeartMath system incorporates emotional refocusing and restructuring tools and techniques that are facilitated by heart-rhythm-coherence monitoring, the computer-based emWave® Dektop and the emWave2® handheld unit. Individuals learn to reduce stress and anxiety, improve health, learning, performance and quality of life in session as well as during home practice.
Military personnel gain increased awareness of the habitual mental and emotional processes that underlie their stress and become more able to catch the onset of these feelings and patterns, thus diminishing their influence.
HeartMath techniques facilitate establishing a new psychophysiological baseline for sustainable behavioral change and resets maladaptive emotions and physiological baselines at the heart, brain and hormonal levels.
Military personnel will learn how to transform stress through a set of research-based tools to:
HeartMath techniques can be taught to individuals and family members of all ages.
HeartMath technologies and training programs are currently being used by:
Emotional Resilience Training
An Intervention to Use in the Office and at Home
HeartMath programs can be effectively used to increase stress resiliency and a broad range of cognitive functions in military personnel prior to deployment and to facilitate reintegration and reduce symptoms of combat stress reactions in troops returning from deployment. HeartMath programs can also be used to help personnel reduce stress and anxiety and to facilitate recovery in a broad range of applications in military medical centers, psychiatric facilities and PTSD clinics.
A key component of the HeartMath system is the emWave® technology which greatly facilitates the learning of the HeartMath self-regulation skills and the ability to shift into the “Coherent State”. Coherence is a state of optimal mental, emotional and physiological functioning associated in numerous studies with improved health and well-being outcomes. The HeartMath approach focuses on establishing a restructuring of the neural and biochemical processes and activity patterns required for sustained behavioral change
There are several unique elements of this program
emWave Stress Relief System
The emWave Desktop technology is an easy-to-use software program with a heart rhythm monitor. emWave Desktop is an innovative approach to stress relief based on learning to change the heart rhythm pattern and create physiological coherence in the body.
When stressed, the heart rhythm has an irregular, jagged and incoherent pattern. When the military personnel shifts to a more positive emotional state, the heart rhythm pattern changes to a smoother, wave-like, coherent pattern. By seeing the visual change on the screen and associating it with a more peaceful, calm internal state, the military personnel learns to manage stress and maintain a state of physiological coherence and balance.
Games and interactive exercises are also included to help sustain the self-regulation and emotional skills and can be used in the office.
The emWave2 is a portable, interactive stress relief system that fits in the palm of the hand and is a home trainer to use in the moment the stress occurs.
emWave2 reads the heart rhythms through a thumb or ear sensor and gives immediate feedback through changing colored lights and sounds. By practicing the HeartMath tools while using the emWave2, an individual can see their coherence level increase as they learn to manage their stress and gain greater control over their emotions, mind and body.
Benefits that Military Personnel Experience Regular use of the emWave technology products has resulted in significant stress reduction benefits by military personnel with PTSD, chronic pain, anxiety, anger, depression, sleeplessness, panic disorders, irritability, mood disturbances, impulse control and substance abuse.
There is a Solution
HeartMath tools and technologies are being used in:
Research Study in progress:
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