The Morrison Center has helped thousands of patients achieve their health goals by combatting both physical and emotional stressors. But how does someone who helps others de-stress deal with his own stress? Dr. Morrison discusses a few of his methods involving electromagnetic field therapy, supplements, breathing techniques, and much more.
NuCalm uses transcutaneous (aka across the skin) vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS) technology to guide the body towards a deep state of relaxation by targeting the inhibitory system. The system utilizes three components that work synergistically to significantly reduce stress in the mind and body. First, you put on the light-blocking eye mask to prevent visual stimulation. Then, you apply the biosignal processing disc that delivers signals to your body, stimulating relaxation in the brain. Lastly, you wear the headphones that use neuroacoustic software to activate brain waves associated with recovery and restoration. In our office, you can try a NuCalm session on its own or add it on to an IV session for an elevated experience.
Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy refers to a modality that uses pulsed magnetic fields to help with the management of pain, stress, wounds, vascular conditions, and other illnesses.1,2 Over the course of several consistent sessions, and depending on the settings used, PEMF therapy can be cell protective and reduce inflammatory processes in the body.2
PEMF waves can be delivered to the entire body if you lay on the larger mat, or you can target certain areas by using smaller pads directly on the area of interest. For targeting stress management, we recommend using the larger mat while laying back in a relaxed position. The experience varies from person to person, therefore some may feel more energized while others feel more relaxed after their sessions. For an even more comprehensive experience, Dr. Morrison recommends pairing your PEMF session your IV session. Speak with us to learn more about which protocol is best for you.
Dr. M’s Favorite Supplements for Stress Management
- 200mg of Zen – As the name suggests, this blend of L-theanine and GABA can promote alpha-wave activity in the brain, which is associated with a state of relaxation.*
- Relax-Tone – A homeopathic blend, Relax-Tone can help promote feelings of mental clarity, calmness, and reduced tension.*
- Mag Glycinate – Magnesium is used in over 300 enzymatic processes, including those involved in muscle relaxation, calming nerve activity, and regulating mood.3
- Ashwagandha Complex – Ashwagandha is a traditional herb known for its anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.4
- Cortisol Manager – This blend of ashwagandha, magnolia, and phosphatidylserine aims to help the mind and body better manage stress, experience relaxation, and achieve long-term health.*
- Rosavin – Rhodiola species have been extensively studied for their effectiveness against stress-related fatigue and depression.5
More often than not, you’ll hear Dr. Morrison recommend a variety of breathing exercises as part of his stress reduction protocol. At the top of his list is the Wim Hof Method, which incorporates rhythmic deep breathing, breath holding, and a recovery breath. It’s a great technique for exercising resilience against everyday stressors, increasing mental clarity, and promoting better sleep.* Our health coaches can help guide you through the steps of this method.
There are tons of resources out there for meditative practices that can fit just about anyone’s lifestyle. One that Dr. Morrison recommends is the Ten Percent Happier app. It provides a wide range of guided meditations for beginners and experts alike.
Whether you enjoy yoga stretches or working up a sweat on the Peloton, physical exercise is an amazing way to work off stress. Dr. Morrison absolutely loves his morning workouts before he takes on a busy day of working with patients. On a typical morning, you can find him following along a HomeBodies workout. Here’s what he has to say about it: “The best thing about this is that I can do it from my living room [and] I believe they’re doing a great job in creating community.”
Wondering which is the best protocol for you?
Our team of integrative practitioners is happy to help you identify the underlying causes of health imbalances and the best protocols to rebalance your system. Call our office to find out more: 212-989-9828.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat or cure any disease.
- Vadala M, Morales-Medina JC, Vallelunga A, Palmieri B, Laurino C, Iannitti T. Mechanisms and therapeutic effectiveness of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy in oncology. Cancer Med. 2016;5(11):3128-3139. https://doi.org/10.1002/cam4.861
- Funk RHW. Coupling of pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) therapy to molecular grounds of the cell. Am J Transl Res. 2018;10(5):1260-1272.
- Phelan D, Molero P, Martínez-González M, Molendijk M. Magnesium and mood disorders: Systematic review and meta-analysis. BJPsych Open. 2018; 4(4):167-179. doi:10.1192/bjo.2018.22
- Lopresti AL, Smith SJ, Malvi H, Kodgule R. An investigation into the stress-relieving and pharmacological actions of an ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) extract: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Medicine. 2019;98(37):e17186. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000017186
- Tao H, Wu X, Cao J, et al. Rhodiola species: a comprehensive review of traditional use, phytochemistry, pharmacology, toxicity, and clinical study. Med Res Rev. 2019;39(5):1779-1850. https://doi-org.ezproxy.neu.edu/10.1002/med.21564