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Peg’s experience with Jon and others indicates that MNRI® is the link to positive anchors that significantly impact an individual that has experienced trauma.

Finding His Way Home: The Story of a Veteran Returning from War

Before Iraq, Jon was a very humorous, relaxed person.​ When he returned home, he was in fight or flight mode 24/7.​ He could not sleep well, produced angry outbursts constantly, and would explode in anger in simple situations such as a glass of water being left out on the counter.

One time a car drove past the house and it backfired. Reacting to the noise, he dove to the ground and covered his head. For the first year and a half, he displayed signs of being stuck in Iraq-military mode. One day, within a month of his arrival home, we decided to drive to Madison, WI. While approaching a bridge, he gunned our Ford Expedition reaching to 90 mph and began to zigzag on the freeway. His wife began to scream and asked, “W​hat are you doing?” ​Jon shook his head and could not figure out what was going on. After a few seconds, she calmly coaxed him into pulling over. He appeared to be lost, as if he did not know where he was.

Jon had issues reintegrating into society. He did not like to talk to people, and fell into a deep depression. His old life seemed like a distant memory that he could not regain. Emotionally, he could not relate to people and did not fit in. Sadly, he could not even attend his daughter’s swim meets because of the gun used to indicate false starts. The avoidance of social events and strange behavior continued on for the first year and a half. Oftentimes, his wife told him that he was scaring the kids and her. Before the war, Jon was never a violent person. With his clown-like personality, he could make anyone laugh. He truly was a wonderful dad and husband.

After living in fear and missing his old life, he decided to begin MNRI​therapy with Peg Johnson. After three sessions with Peg, he returned almost back to normal. Unfortunately, he cannot erase the past, the terrible situations that he faced, and what he saw; but they are mere memories that have been filed on the shelf in his brain. The only residual problems left are his unease with large crowds. Jon oftentimes mutters, “W​e are a huge target!​”

A few years ago, Jon and his wife moved out of state, which stalled Jon’s continuance with MNRI®​ therapy. She strongly believes that continuing on with the MNRI​program would have helped him beat his anxiety towards large social gatherings and events. For now, regrettably, they have learned to avoid events with large crowds.

Peg Johnson (Jon’s MNRI​Core Specialist) began MNRI​work with Jon after his return from Iraq in 2007. At the beginning, J​on displayed many PTSD symptoms such as depression, isolation, angry outbursts, impaired judgment, and unclear foggy thinking most of the time,​that were not a part of his previous history. His wife reported that he would often stand outside in the yard for hours looking up to the sky as if he were lost.

To begin the healing process, integration of the primary sensory-motor reflex patterns – Babinski, Grounding, Foot Tendon Guard, and Core Tendon Guard – were chosen for his MNRI​recovery strategy. Initially, Peg and John’s focus was working with grounding, balance, and stability. Integration of the feet reflexes was essential in helping Jon feel safe after witnessing such horrific sights and sounds that come with war.

Peg Johnson

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