The Nervous System, Stored Trauma & Migraine

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Key Questions
  • What is trauma and is it the same as a traumatic experience?
  • How are post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), stress, and stored trauma related?
  • How does trauma show up in chronic conditions such as migraine?
  • What is somatic healing?
  • What is the polyvagal theory?
  • How does somatic dysregulation impact our health?
  • Is there a connection between stored trauma and early-life experiences concerning chronic health issues later in life?
  • What does somatic experiencing (SE) involve?
  • How can we address our nervous system to help us deal with chronic pain?
  • Are there individuals for whom somatic healing may not be effective?
Interview Notes
Treatments Mentioned
  • Magnesium
  • Somatic work
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
  • Zinc

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Aimie Apigian, MD, MS, MPH

CEO & Founder
Trauma Healing Accelerated

Dr. Apigian is a double board-certified physician who specializes in trauma, attachment, addictions, and addressing trauma on a cellular level. She earned her medical degree at Loma Linda University and has a master’s in biochemistry and in public health. She trained for three years as a general surgeon before changing her career path.

In addition to her medical studies, Dr. Apigian has studied with and participated in Dr. Allan Schore’s attachment regulation theory study group. She is a highly trained somatic experiencing practitioner, trained in NeuroAffective Touch, Internal Family Systems (parts work), and the Instinctual Trauma Response Model. She continues to attend advanced training in somatic experiencing with Dr. Peter Levine and acts as an editor for the website Somatic Experiencing International.

Dr. Apigian proactively seeks solutions, consistently striving to enhance the existing approach to expedite the journey toward optimal health and self-improvement.

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