Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) October 16, 2009
It often takes many years before a Veteran will seek professional help to deal with the emotional scars left by their tour of duty - whether it was a war or a peace keeping mission, like Canadian soldiers have faced. By that time their personal relationships are at a breaking point and they are "suffering from sleep disturbance, anger, anxiety, depression and addictions" according to Dr. Jonathan Douglas of Barrie, Ontario, whose practice is comprised primarily of Veterans.
But in the last three years he has been able to help them to quickly feel better faster, without turning to drugs, by providing them with a portable sleep aid device they can use at home daily, that utilizes CES technology (cranial electrotherapy stimulation), actually invented more than 50 years ago. By reducing the severity of these symptoms more quickly, especially if their problems have caused their sleep to be negatively affected, he says "their sessions become more productive and their progress moves forward more rapidly." Dr. Douglas explained that "research supports the use of "CES" not as a last resort, but as a first-line treatment, given its proven efficacy, so it should be in the hands of a lot more people than it is."
Dr. Douglas became familiar with the research on CES more than 3 years ago but the one device available in Canada then was very expensive for his patients to consider owning their own, so they just used it while in sessions and saw good results quickly.
In the USA, CES technology was licensed more than 20 years ago for use in medical devices for the treatment of insomnia, anxiety and depression. CES, (first called "electrosleep), works by delivering gentle micro current stimulation, through the ear lobes, to the individual's internal sleep clock to re-set it so that they can fall asleep easily and naturally and stay asleep, without the need to turn to drugs, which can be habit forming and come with many unpleasant side effects.
Two years ago Dr. Douglas discovered a CES product that entered the Canadian market called "The Sleep Genie" affordable enough that his patients can now have their own unit to use daily at home. He said that "The Sleep Genie has become one of my favourite tools in working with Veterans because it permits them to sleep better, calms them down and improves their mood--all without side effects or risk of addiction.
"I review the research with my patients showing them how effective CES is in dealing not only with sleep, but with problems associated with stress, mood, addiction and pain. My familiarity with the 50-year history of research in CES allows me to state with certainty that this technology is effective. Well-designed studies that were double blinded and placebo-controlled, where neither the researcher or the patient knew which was receiving active treatment, proved its efficacy and showed that CES is superior to placebo in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, depression, fibromyalgia, and other conditions," he added.
"CES has also been shown to reduce muscular tension," he said, "and I often recommend the device for use in patients who have been injured in automobile accidents. It's gentle and relaxing effects help them to overcome not only the emotional impact of the accident, but reduce their perception of pain as well. I believe that, at some point, everyone could benefit from CES and I hope to one day see it used more widely!"
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