AUSTIN -- An all-natural, drug free relaxation method developed to help post traumatic stress disorder sufferers is now used by businesses with stressed clients.
Developers came up with the NuCalm system more than a decade ago to help servicemen and women deal with PTSD. The treatment made its way to some everyday businesses that encounter stressed clients.
"Let's face it, people don't like coming to the dentist, " said dentist Matthew Steinberg. "They get very anxious."
About three years ago, Steinberg decided to offer patients NuCalm. NuCalm is an all-natural, drug-free way to relax his patients.
"I didn't really want gas or drugs, so to speak," said Joan Hendrix, a Steinberg patient. "He told me about this alternative, and I thought I would love to try it."
The makers of NuCalm claim it works by mimicking the natural communication process as the body prepares for sleep. It starts with taking natural amino acids GABA and L-Theanine. Small micro-current stimulation patches are placed behind each ear. The patient then puts on dark sunglasses or a blindfold and headphones that play classical music with a different beat in each ear.
“When the brain hears a different bea,t it tries to equalize the music,” said Steinberg. “That takes you down to a deeper level of relaxation.”
Within five minutes, the patient is relaxed.
Kimberly Allen first tried NuCalm prior to a four-hour dental session.
“I enjoyed the ride,” she said. “I enjoyed being at the dentist. I forgot I was at the dentist. I could not have cared less. In fact, when it was over I was disappointed.”
The fact that it's drug-free is especially important to her.
“I’m a chemical dependency counselor, so drugs are not my thing,” said Allen. “I guarantee you, it was totally natural.”
Hendrix said she understands now why so many of Dr. Steinberg’s patients come back to get the NuCalm treatment: the relaxation feeling lasts four hours.
“I hope so,” she said. “I have a lot to do, and some of it is stressful.”
Dr. Steinberg charges about $80 a session. For more information on Dr. Steinberg's practice, go here.