Neurofeedback: A treatment too long neglected?
ADD/ ADHD (Attention Deficit), Anxiety, PTSD, Aspersers, Autism, symptoms may be caused by a disregulated brain. Neurofeedback Training for these and other conditions provide reduction in symptoms naturally. Neurofeedback, is rapidly being recognized as a viable alternative that’s not only effective but totally non-invasive.
What is neurofeedback?
The brain is highly complex and, as multiple studies have confirmed, has the capability of changing itself to provide better self-regulation. (neuroplasticity) Brain wave training provides the tools necessary for the brain’s complex system to, in a manner of speaking, reset itself. It can be compared to a computer that’s simply overloaded and needs to be rebooted to clear the information stored and make room for fresh data to function properly. Once the new patterns are established by this “rebooting,” the brain simply functions better.
How do treatments work?
Because a wide range of conditions can be treated using EEG biofeedback, each patient’s treatment protocol will be established before any actual treatments begin. Neurofeedback is described by many experts as a sort of exercise for the brain that provides rewards when the proper reactions occur. For patients, the treatments are non-threatening and short. Typically, treatments last less than an hour and are not known to cause any negative side effects. In many cases, patients are better able to relax and a side effect can be better sleep.
Do the treatments show immediate results?
That’s a difficult question simply because every Client’s needs are different. That means while some client may need a minimal number of sessions to experience significant results, others may require more visits before the desired outcomes are achieved. Initially, most practitioners will recommend twice-weekly sessions, but the actual frequency of treatments will be decided by the Client and practitioner. Since the central idea is to develop new brain habits, the number of sessions needed will be determined by the success of the treatments. In any event, the standard practice is to continue treatments for a few more sessions after the desired result is obtained to reinforce the new patterns.
The treatments involve brain training systems that work to alter the complex relationships between the mind and the body. Whether a Client is suffering from Focus and Attention Issues, Impulsivity, Hot Flashes, PTSD, Generalized Anxiety, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Aspergers, Anger Management Issues, Reattachment Disorder or wants to Train for Peak Performance. Neurofeedback treatments are used to improve Clients conditions. Rather than using drugs that are rarely an actual solution, medical experts are continuing to explore the expanded use of neurofeedback as a viable treatment option.