The LSA is an assessment tool that tracks the body's stress system; a balanced Stress System leads to optimal quality of life.
The body is made up of various systems that can respond to stimuli. The smell of food (stimulus) triggers the mouth to salivate (response). A loud noise (stimulus) triggers the release of adrenaline into the blood and an increased heart rate (response).
There are various ways to measure the body's response to stimuli. One way is GSR or Galvanic Skin Response. GSR measures the conductivity (how well something conducts electricity) of the largest organ in the body, the skin. The conductivity of the skin was first discovered around 1888 by Tarchanoff. In the early 1900's it was established by Dr. Carl Jung that GSR measurements could track physiological arousal or stress in the body. In the 1930’s Dr. Hans Selye began to uncover the importance of understanding stress and what information it could tell us about the different systems of the body. These discoveries of the importance of stress in the body and its ability to be measured through GSR have led to the creation of many common devices, such as the polygraph test.
Late in the 20th century, many researchers identified further uses for GSR, such as recognizing that it could be monitored on acupuncture points to measure the body's energy meridians. GSR could be used to track the body's energetic state and balance.
In the late 1990’s, integrating Eastern Medicine with Western research in stress and GSR, Dr. Vaughn R Cook began research to advance the theory of the body’s internal "Stress System" that is related to and interacts with all other systems of the body. A balanced stress system brings about optimal quality of life, whereas, an imbalanced system leads to problems that may show up as fatigue, weight gain, low energy, chronic pain, etc...
The LSA System was developed to measure the body's Stress System. Much like a polygraph technician asking a subject questions and evaluating the body's response, the LSA uses GSR to measure the Stress System's response to virtual stimuli in real time. In a sense the LSA asks the body questions and measures how the body responds. This information leads to the creation of a "Stress Profile" which reveals the state of balance and imbalance within the Stress System. The LSA next queries the body with possible balancing solutions and measures the response to determine the best approaches.
Through implementation of these solutions the Stress System can become more balanced which leads to improved quality of life for the individual.
What is Stress?
Stress is your friend.
When you hear the word "stress" you probably think of that emotional tension or that nervous feeling that comes from a heavy workload or an approaching deadline. The clinical definition of stress, however is a positive thing. In fact, without stress you'd be dead.
Physiological stress is your body's reaction to any stressor in an attempt to maintain balance. Stressors can be environmental, emotional, or physical. For example, fatigue from staying up too late, the emotional strain from a death in the family, or a flu virus that has invaded your body are all stressors.
The body's systems are designed to operate with high energy, good health, and general homeostasis (balance). Stressors threaten to upset optimal balance because your body has limited resources to react to them.
While a healthy, balanced body has the capacity to deal with most stressors, an overtaxed or overstressed stress system eventually experiences difficulty in pushing back. The results of this can be fatigue, pain, weight gain, and susceptibility to illness. At this point, clinical intervention can support the body and help it restore balance.
The next question is, "What solutions will best help the patient regain balance." There is no one-size-fits-all answer. Because every body is unique, a solution that works for Jane may not work for Sally, even though their general symptoms are the same.
Using patent pending stimulus-response technology, the LSA creates a personalized "Stress Profile" of the patient that guides the practitioner in making patient-specific decisions for remedies and/or therapies that bring the Stress System back into optimal balance.
Reestablishing balance restores the body's ability to deal effectively with stressors and supply the body's needs, which results in the quality of life you only dreamed of.