Our hyper-alert response to stress or danger is biological. It is a physical reaction built into our DNA that was designed to keep us alive, but can make us miserable, in the long run….millions of people around the world are dealing with long-term trauma fallout, whether they recognize it in themselves or not.” — DR. EUGENE LIPOV
“Our hyper-alert response to stress or danger is biological. It is a physical reaction built into our DNA that was designed to keep us alive, but can make us miserable, in the long run…. millions of people around the world are dealing with long-term trauma fallout, whether they recognize it in themselves or not.” — DR. EUGENE LIPOV
The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is a branch of the autonomic nervous system and, when working properly, it prepares the body to respond to perceived threats by activating the “fight or flight” response — a normal and adaptive physiological response to stress or danger. It triggers a release of adrenaline and other stress hormones, which increase heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration, and redirect blood flow away from non-essential organs and towards the muscles and other areas needed for physical activity.
However, in individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the SNS can become overactive and can get stuck in the “on position.” The resulting symptoms include severe anxiety, hypervigilance, hyperarousal, insomnia, paranoia and, at worst, homicidal and suicidal ideations.
According to the National Council of Mental Wellbeing, 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced at least one impactful traumatic event in their lifetime. Whether from childhood poverty or abandonment, the ravages of war, or the brutality of sexual assault, the estimate amounts to a whopping 223+ million people (current US population is 332M). The CDC states that 20% of people who experience a traumatic event will develop post-traumatic stress.
By 2006, Dr. Eugene Lipov had concluded that all trauma symptoms are physiologically rooted in a cluster of nerves found in the neck called the stellate ganglion. This led to the development of his innovative protocol for Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). After continued research, Lipov discovered that two injections on one side of the neck into the stellate ganglion yielded greater relief for folks with severe symptoms and, by 2013, this advancement in treatment had become known as Dual Sympathetic Reset (DSR).
Like the name suggests, DSR “resets” a person’s fight-or-flight response to pre-trauma state. With an efficacy rate of 80-85%, and few side effects, DSR has proved to be unrivaled when compared to conventional treatments and formidable when used in conjunction with other treatments, such as psychotherapy. Precision-guided with ultrasound, the DSR procedure only takes 10-20 minutes, producing immediate life-changing effects.
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The original SGB treatment was only available to elite special operators such as US Navy SEALs, Delta Force, 9/11 first responders, sexual assault victims and people with extreme trauma. Today, DSR is available to everyone, helping teachers, CEO’s, individuals impacted by the justice system, parents, and many other survivors get their lives back. To date, somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 people have been successfully treated with SGB / DSR. A number of patients are now reaching 10-15 years of relief.
“Growing up, I suffered through years of high- and low-level trauma, but I lived in denial about my experiences and PTSD symptoms — until I met Dr. Lipov and his procedure changed my life…it’s hard to describe, but to put it simply, DSR has made me feel comfortable in my body for the first time — a feeling I didn’t even know was possible. I believe DSR to be the most impactful medical innovation since the advent of penicillin in 1928.” — JAMIE MUSTARD
Dr. Lipov is the Chief Medical Officer for Stella Trauma Centers
Dr. Lipov is the Medical Advisor for the non-profit Erase PTSD Now
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