The neurophysiology of healing


In studying these patients, he has come to the conclusion that the emotional response to a traumatic event and the long-term physical symptoms and disabilities related to the injuries that the patient has suffered are intricately and specifically related to each other, forming a psychological/physical continuum that must be addressed for healing to take place. Specifically, in his study of victims of motor vehicle accidents, he has concluded that the varied symptoms of the Whiplash Syndrome have their roots in the storage of the somatic and autonomic sensory experiences of the accident in procedural memory, thereafter to be reproduced as symptoms in situations that reflect subtle cues of the traumatic experience. Applying this theory to the spectrum of life experiences, he has developed a theory based on the neurophysiology of traumatic stress that relates the myriad experiences of life trauma common to all of us to the development of many chronic diseases currently of unknown cause.






Robert Scaer

Original Work Citation

Scaer, R. (2006, June). The neurophysiology of healing. Presentation at the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium Teleconference, Boulder, CO



“The neurophysiology of healing,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed October 24, 2020,

Output Formats