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Biofeedback & Neurofeedback Therapies

Neurofeedback Therapy

Neurofeedback teaches the brain to change itself and helps attention, mood, behavior, cognition, and more. In simple terms, neurofeedback is positive reinforcement for the brain. It teaches the brain how to be better balanced by feedback through tiny sensors that temporarily stick to the scalp with a small amount of paste.

Training the brain using neurofeedback helps improve alertness, attention, emotional regulation, behavior, cognitive function, and mental flexibility. Changing the brain clearly affects the mind. Brain training produces a measurable physiological effect on the brain that when practiced, more likely becomes the brain’s regular pattern.

 

Biofeedback Therapy

Biofeedback therapy is a non-drug treatment in which patients learn to control bodily processes that are normally involuntary, such as muscle tension, blood pressure, or heart rate.

It can help a range of conditions, such as chronic pain, urinary incontinence, high blood pressure, tension headache, and migraine headache.

As it is non-invasive and does not involve drugs, the potential for risk or undesirable side effects is reduced, which could make it suitable for those who wish to avoid medications, or those who cannot use them, such as pregnant women.

What conditions can benefit from Neurofeedback?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious type of anxiety caused by an extremely stressful event or series of events. Most people who suffer from PTSD are looking for an effective way to treat their symptoms, but unfortunately, many sufferers experience only limited benefit after trying various therapies and medication.

Is Neurofeedback an Effective Way to Treat PTSD?

Neurofeedback can help a person with PTSD get his or her life back. Research studies show that PTSD is a disorder based in the brain. With PTSD, a severe stress response is triggered which leads to numerous disruptive symptoms. The challenge is to teach the brain to turn off the stress response.

If more health professionals were aware of neurofeedback, it would be one of the primary treatments for PTSD. Training with neurofeedback is so effective for severe PTSD that in many cases, professionals and patients have reported that neurofeedback helped someone with PSTD “get their life back”. Psychiatrists, psychotherapists, and other mental health professionals around the world have achieved success for their patients with PTSD using neurofeedback training.

How Does Neurofeedback Help Alleviate PTSD?

Neurofeedback trains the brain to produce a calm state, as well as regulate the stress response. The specific areas of the brain affected by PTSD can also be targeted and trained to produce healthier patterns.

Frequently, the first sign of improvement is that a client sleeps better. Then other symptoms begin to improve, and it is often possible to significantly reduce medications. After sufficient training, a person with PTSD can maintain a calm state on his or her own. When they have reached this stable state, neurofeedback treatments can be decreased until no further training is necessary.

Why Treat PTSD with Neurofeedback?

Because it is:

  • Highly effective
  • Non-invasive
  • Drug free
  • Painless
  • Without side effects
  • Enduring with sufficient training

 

**Information provided by AboutNeurofeedback.com

Anxiety

Anxiety is usually a person’s response to stress, which can come from psychological, physical, dietary, or environmental sources, like loud noises. Once a person’s brain gets locked into a pattern of anxiety, it can be difficult to break. For anxiety sufferers, learning how to modulate or turn off chronic stress responses is life changing.

Neurofeedback provides physiological assistance and helps people learn to change their responses to stress. With brain training, they can develop the skills they need to reduce or eliminate anxiety in their lives.

Anxiety sufferers often feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and stressed out. Some can’t concentrate due to their intense internal focus. Others obsess about specific things. Anxiety is easily detected if someone appears outwardly nervous; however, many sufferers appear calm on the outside, but their brain never stops. They can’t stop thinking, and the constant internal chatter can get so bad that it interrupts their sleep and steals their quality of life. They don’t live in the present, because they constantly worry about the future or live in the past.

Brain Training Is a Solution.

Helping people learn to calm themselves is by far the most effective solution for anxiety, and gives sufferers hope as they take control of their lives.

Neurofeedback is one of the quickest and most efficient ways to teach people how to help themselves, and it’s easy to learn. Brain training has been used for many years with solid, proven results. Learning this life skill decreases the need for dependence upon medications, and improves quality of life by teaching the brain to make healthier patterns on a more consistent basis so anxiety responses are avoided and a calmer brain stays more in control.

Is Neurofeedback an Alternative to Medication?

Anxiety patients are regularly prescribed medications, but prescription drugs can’t teach you how to quiet your mind. Generally, only one or more areas in the brain are causing anxiety, and brain training identifies and targets those problematic areas of the brain. Medications tend to affect the entire brain, which is why some medications may cause people to feel tired or sluggish.

  • Medications only work when you are taking them, so patients become dependent on them to decrease anxiety.
  • When you take a medication without having other tools, it’s likely the anxiety will return.
  • If the anti-anxiety medication is addictive, which many are, improper weaning can produce more stress and withdrawal.
  • If medications stops working or side effects occur, physicians often switch to a different one. This can cause agitation and confusion while a client gets used to the latest drug.

Neurofeedback has proven to help reduce anxiety long term and allow people to wean off medication with their doctor’s supervision. As the brain learns to decrease anxiety and remain more calm, often less medication is needed.

How Does Neurofeedback Reduce Anxiety?

As you brain train, you watch your brainwaves live on an EEG computer monitor. As you learn to reduce anxiety and increase calm, you can watch your brainwaves change. With neurofeedback, you learn to recreate that state and moderate your response to stress so that anxiety is minimized and occurs less frequently. With sufficient training, your brain learns to maintain healthier patterns on its own more consistently. It’s like exercise for the brain.

Neurofeedback facilitates awareness, provides reinforcement, and allows one to monitor their brain training practice during their neurofeedback sessions. As the brain learns, clients can begin decreasing the frequency of their brain training sessions. Most people can stop training once they reach their goal, and the training is holding. A small number of sufferers with persistent, extremely resistant or complex issues require occasional “tune ups” or a greatly-reduced, maintenance, brain training schedule.

 

**Information provided by AboutNeurofeedback.com

Depression

Depression robs sufferers of all joys of life and leaves them a shell of what they once were.

Traditionally, depression has been treated with therapy and medication, both of which have limitations, and medications can have significant side effects.

Even with medication, countless depression sufferers continue to struggle. Medications don’t teach the brain how to get out of the unhealthy brain pattern of depression. While drugs can serve some positive benefit, there are numerous problems with these medications, including:

  • Uncomfortable side effects
  • Reliance on the medication making it difficult to stop taking it and manage mood on one’s own.
  • Medication tolerance can develop, necessitating a dosage increase or medication change which may produce new side effects.
  • If medications are stopped, symptoms often return.

 

Neurofeedback can help restore healthier brain patterns and eliminate depression by teaching the brain to get “unstuck” and better modulate itself. Brain training can be an effective method of treating depression and, for people taking medication when they start neurofeedback, reducing or stopping their prescribed drugs needs to be done with their doctor’s supervision as their brain becomes more stable over time.

Neurofeedback actually retrains the dysfunctional brain patterns associated with depression, making it a powerful treatment tool. With neurofeedback training, the brain practices healthier patterns of mood regulation under the supervision of a qualified neurofeedback clinician. Sessions can range from once a week to several times a week and average 30 minutes each.

Those with depression often notice improvement after only a few sessions, but for the brain to fully learn to make healthier patterns consistently, a number of brain training sessions are required. With sufficient practice, the brain learns to make these healthy patterns on its own and regulate mood independently.

Neurofeedback can help depression sufferers get their lives back. Your brain changes when you are depressed, and neurofeedback can help it relearn healthier patterns, giving those who suffer from depression a way out of the prison of their minds.

**Information provided by AboutNeurofeedback.com

Migraines

Are you still suffering from migraines even though you are taking medication?

Are you getting relief from migraine medication but concerned about the side effects?

If you answered “Yes” to either question, neurofeedback training may be right for you.

Although neurofeedback training can stop a migraine while it is occurring, stopping individual migraines is not the main goal. Training with neurofeedback can be very effective in reducing the intensity and frequency of migraines over the long term, providing real relief for people suffering from migraines.

Neurofeedback, which tends to reduce the number and intensity of migraines, is typically used with patients who have already tried a number of other options, including medications, before finding neurofeedback. Neurofeedback often gives patients the relief they need when other options have only provided a band-aid or come with unsatisfactory side effects.

**Information provided by AboutNeurofeedback.com

Insomnia

Neurofeedback is a powerful tool for helping people fall asleep and stay asleep.

Neurofeedback has a powerful ability to positively impact sleep because it works on the areas of the brain that allow and regulate sleep. With neurofeedback, most people can train their brain to allow sleep again by rewarding it for creating healthier patterns. Sleep can improve surprisingly quickly for clients who have seen numerous specialists and struggled with sleep for years. Falling asleep and staying asleep is clearly the job of the brain.

What are the most common sleep issues that improve with neurofeedback?

  1. Insomnia – Difficulty falling asleep or maintaining sleep during the night
  2. Difficulty waking from sleep
  3. Difficulty getting to bed
  4. Not feeling rested after sleep
  5. Sleeping too long (over 10 hours)
  6. Physically restless sleep
  7. Nightmares
  8. Bedwetting (Nocturnal enuresis)
  9. Sleepwalking
  10. Restless leg syndrome – Leg discomfort or a need to move legs, disrupting sleep
  11. Bruxism – Teeth grinding during sleep
  12. Sleep terrors – Abrupt arousal with intense fear, no dream recall or memory of event
  13. Narcolepsy
  14. Dysregulated sleep patterns/cycles (circadian rhythms)

Brain training often helps these problems as it improves brain regulation. For instance, a 75-year-old woman reported that she “slept like a baby for the first time in 25 years” after neurofeedback training. Parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often say it’s easier to get their kids to sleep when they’ve had neurofeedback, and depressed clients remark they have a much easier time getting going in the morning. These are common reports, and just a few examples of the improvements reported.

**Information provided by AboutNeurofeedback.com

OCD and Obsessive Thinking

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

When a person can’t stop repeating specific behaviors or stop his or her brain from repeating particular thoughts, a condition called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is usually the cause.

A substantial body of research shows that problems with OCD are related to the functioning of specific areas in the front of the brain. If these areas are working too slowly or quickly, a person is unable to stop repeating certain thoughts or behaviors.

Are Medications a Solution for OCD? 

In some cases, medications can reduce the severity of an OCD sufferers symptoms. Unfortunately, the condition frequently does not improve, or improve significantly, through treatment with medication. People taking OCD medications can also suffer unpleasant side effects. In addition, medications don’t provide a long term solution, as symptoms usually return if the person ceases to take them.

How Can Neurofeedback Help OCD?

With OCD, the logical goal is to adjust the part of the brain that is “stuck,” to end the continuous repetition of thoughts or behaviors. Through neurofeedback, this is actually technologically feasible.

Neurofeedback locates the areas of the brain causing dysfunction, and retrains them to create healthier brain wave patterns. With sufficient training and practice, the brain actually begins to create these more functional patterns on its own.

Many healthcare professionals who use neurofeedback to treat OCD note marked reductions in their clients’ symptoms after brain training. People with OCD relate that, after neurofeedback therapy, they no longer have to struggle to stop unwanted repetitive thoughts and behaviors. They also report that their minds are much quieter and calmer.

Why Is Neurofeedback the Best Treatment for OCD? 

  • Effective
  • Non-Invasive
  • Drug free
  • Painless
  • No undesirable side effects
  • Enduring improvement with sufficient training

 

**Information provided by AboutNeurofeedback.com

ADHD

People with ADD/ADHD can display a variety of symptoms and may appear to be distracted, impulsive, and inattentive. However, ADD/ADHD is not a psychological problem – it’s a brain problem and often treated with medication when brain training can be a better, more healthy alternative. It is important to note that effective ADHD treatment can take up to 40 sessions of training.

Medications do not teach a person to cope long-term, and are accompanied by side effects such as:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Potential cardiac risks
  • Personality changes

Moreover, children with more significant ADD or ADHD may not gain much benefit from medications or behavioral interventions. People can also develop a tolerance to medications over time, resulting in increased dosages, additional medications, and potentially more side effects.

Unlike medication, neurofeedback actually re-trains the brain, resulting in significant improvement in ADHD/ADD symptoms. With neurofeedback, people learn to make long-term improvements in self-control and attention because their brain learns to make healthier patterns.

Training the brain with neurofeedback helps to address the root of the problem without medications by helping create a healthier brain.

Why is neurofeedback so effective for ADD/ADHD?

If a stimulant literally speeds someone up, why is it prescribed for someone with hyperactivity problems? Why do stimulants seem to help someone with ADD/ADHD slow down and focus? In a person with ADD or ADHD, the areas of the brain that control attention and focus may have too much slow activity, which can also lead to feeling depressed, worried, and unmotivated. Unconsciously, people with ADD/ADHD increase body movements to stimulate and “wake” their brains. Therefore, stimulants are prescribed to increase brain activity without increasing body movement.

The problem with this strategy is that people with ADHD may already be experiencing too much rapid activity in some regions of the brain, which can lead to other problems like acting aggressively, impulsively, or feeling anxious. A person’s brain can race so fast that it is nearly impossible for them to sit still or listen. In fact, because people with ADD are often quite intelligent, they understand concepts quickly. Their fast mental pace may cause them to move ahead before all the instructions are given, causing them to miss crucial details.

Research shows that neurofeedback is a successful alternative for treatment of ADD/ADHD.  ADD and ADHD are brain problems. Neurofeedback allows people to work directly on the problem by training the brain to become calmer, more focused, and less impulsive. By reducing the too-fast and too-slow brain patterns that occur in the brain of someone with ADD or ADHD, neurofeedback helps the person learn how to take control.

According to health professionals who use neurofeedback in their practices, over 85% of clients with ADD or ADHD learn to increase focus, reduce impulsivity, and manage their behavior when they train with neurofeedback on a consistent basis.

Another reason that neurofeedback is so effective for ADHD and ADD is that it appeals to children – it seems just like a computer game! Instead of controlling the game with a mouse, the child “plays” the game with his or her brain. Children seem to enjoy brain training, making it easy to continue with treatment and achieve significant improvements.

**Information provided by AboutNeurofeedback.com

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