Science: How Stress Controls Sensory Behaviors


To emphasize the significant relationship between stress, sensory and behavioral problems I decided to provide a short list of published studies that prove the scientific connection. To understand how adversely stress influences our bodies is clearly a wake-up call for any therapist or mother wishing to understand the root causes of sensory disorders. It’s all about stress!

Anxiety disorders: Stressful Events Cause Panic Symptoms to Increase Over Time. (J Abnorm Psychol 2010)

Reduced Brain Functioning: White Matter Integrity Is Related to Cognitive Instability: (The Journal of Neuroscience, 2011)

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Diagnosis: An Activation-Executive Model: (Front Psychol, 2017)

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the science of social work: Clinical Social Work Journal, 2017)

Eating disorders: Stress response and binge eating disorder (Appetite,2006)

Mood disorders: The Effects of Psychological Stress on Depression. (Curr Neuropharmacol, 2015)

Schizophrenia: Heart rate variability response to mental arithmetic stress in patients with schizophrenia: (Schizophrenia Research, 2007)

Neurodevelopmental disorder: Antenatal maternal stress and long term effects on child neurodevelopment: how and why? (The Journal of Child Psychology and Physiatry, 2007)

Sensory defensiveness: Behavioral and Autonomic Regulation of Response to Sensory Stimuli among Children: (A Systematic Review of Relationship and Methodology. BioMed Research International, 2017)

Behavioral disorders: Stress and Health: Psychological, Behavioral, and Biological Determinants. (Annu Rev Clin Psychol, 2005)

Social problems: Brain on stress: How the social environment gets under the skin. (PNAS, 2012)

Learning and attention deficits. Heart Rate Variability in Children with Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: (Ann Neurosci, 2016)

Emotional problems: Considerations in the assessment of Heart Rate Variability in biobehavioral research. (Front. Psychol, 2014)

The following are peer-reviewed studies that have been recently published. Please click on the links to view the research:


Microcurrent Point Stimulation Applied to Acupuncture Points for the Treatment of Non-Specific Lower Back Pain

Microcurrent Point Stimulation Applied to Lower Back Acupuncture Points for the Treatment of Nonspecific Neck Pain

Detailed Autonomic Nervous System Analysis of Microcurrent Point Stimulation Applied to Battlefield Acupuncture Protocol

Detailed Heart Rate Variability, Exercise Tolerance, Cortical and Vas Pain Scale Analysis of Two Forms of Electro-Therapy Applied To A Patient with Chronic Back Neuropathic Pain

The Successful Treatment of Chronic Pain Using Microcurrent Point Stimulation Applied to Scars

Pain Relieving Benefits of Massage Therapy Compared to Massage Therapy Combined with Microcurrent Point Stimulation