Stroke and TBI

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Historically, there has not been many options for rehabilitation for those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or stroke more than two years in the past. It was believed that any progress made would need to be accomplished within those first couple of years.

 

Neurofeedback training may bring about drastic improvements, even past the two-year mark.

Neurofeedback training has been recognized as a treatment that can help the brain repair itself, even years after damage has occurred. Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury are usually categorized as injuries that affect different areas of the brain. To treat those injuries, the brain must be targeted. Neurofeedback treatment is used to target the areas of the brain that have been damaged, making the training process completely customized to each patient. Your psychotherapist will generally use a qEEG brain map to determine which areas of the brain should be targeted.

What Damage from Stroke or TBI Can Be Helped with Neurofeedback?

Many areas of the brain damaged from stroke or TBI can be improved by using Neurofeedback. Some of the most commonly treated symptoms of these conditions include:

Speech
Movement
Mood Regulation
Better Behavior Control

A speech therapist that specialized in stroke and TBI began using Neurofeedback training with her patients. When interviewed, she reported more progress in speech improvement for stroke and TBI patients in the one year since beginning Neurofeedback training than in the previous ten years combined. She obviously feels that Neurofeedback training increases success exponentially.

 

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Eating Disorders


Because we understand the severity of eating disorders and addictions, each treatment plan is developed with the client, and when possible, the family in mind. In addition, our treatment plan can extend beyond our practice to include collaboration with primary care doctors, psychiatrists, and other health care providers.

Eating disorders, and the problems that go with them, originate in the brain. If you have an eating disorder, the problem can be helped by including positive influences in your decision-making process and, with our assessments, it is possible to see the positive results that changing your decisions has on your brainwaves in real-time.

There are several types of eating disorders, but they all have one thing in common: an abnormal attitude towards food, which impacts eating habits and behaviors. How an eating disorder looks can vary, but the most common situations are:

Anorexia Nervosa – Keeping weight as low as possible, by starving, excessive exercising, etc.
Bulimia – Control weight by binge eating and then deliberately vomiting or using laxatives.
Binge Eating – Feeling compelled to overeat.

Besides appetite awareness issues, eating disorders show a strong relation with emotional reactivity issues such as depression, anxiety and anger. In these cases, Neurofeedback can help not only with the eating disorder directly, but it can also help to relieve the associated emotions.

Alpha NeuroHealth Clinic uses a state of the art proprietary neurofeedback system; LORETA Z Score. This is a highly personalized brain training software that promotes the central nervous system to help make the best use of your brain’s resources.

Neurofeedback training is like physical training for the body. A lot of our suffering comes from recurring feelings and thoughts in which our minds become emotionally “stuck”. Neurofeedback prompts the brain to draw from its existing resources and pull itself out of these mental “ruts”. The result is a more open and positive mindset in which obstacles are more manageable and problems more resolvable.

Much like a mirror that promotes self-correction, our neurofeedback program monitors your brain waves and then provides “feedback” to your central nervous system about what it has just done. When the software detects the brain wave patterns moving in the appropriate way, it sends a signal that encourages the brain to “reset” and self-correct.

 

 

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Epilepsy


A seizure reflects a brain that has temporarily lost stability.

 
There are many conditions that can cause seizures as well as numerous types of seizures people can experience. Having a seizure disorder often negatively impacts quality of life. However, neurofeedback can help stabilize the timing in the brain. The brain’s timing is the electrical response that can go “hay wire” when someone has a seizure.

 

Neurofeedback can be very effective in reducing or eliminating epileptic seizures.

 
Thousands of healthcare professionals, including psychologists, doctors, and registered nurses, use brain training to help people dramatically decrease their seizures by increasing their brain’s stability. When the brain begins to demonstrate stability more consistently, a client’s doctor can often reduce seizure medication.

Epilepsy was one of the very first therapeutic applications of Neurofeedback. Beginning in 1972 Barry Sterman eliminated seizures in a 23-year-old female epileptic, who then came off medication and got a driver’s license. In his paper, Barry Sterman describes how he accidentally discovered how Neurofeedback-trained cats were less susceptible to seizures when exposed to rocket fuel, and went on to replicate this remarkable discovery in monkeys then humans. He also summarizes 18 separate peer-reviewed journal studies on Neurofeedback for epilepsy over a 25-year period, covering 174 patients and an average success rate of 66%:

Neurofeedback and Epilepsy

With Neurofeedback, specific symptoms of Epilepsy can be targeted, however, every individual is different and to what extent the brain can recover or compensate will have to be seen. Since abnormal brain activity, also known as instabilities, are the main cause of Epilepsy, the most important goal during Neurofeedback training is to stabilize the brain. Neurofeedback is a treatment option applicable to all types of seizures and helpful in the case of brain damage and brain abnormalities. Other Neurofeedback training options can be physical calming, resulting in improved balance and coordination, or enhancing emotional control, which for example can reduce anxiety.

 

 

 

 

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Pain & Headache

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All Pain Occurs in the Brain

Pain is the body’s way of warning you about an injury that needs to be taken care of.  With chronic pain, pain persists long after the injury has healed.  Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years.

The experience of pain involves multiple interactive neural pathways that influence pain signals at several levels at once: Pain pathways become stimulated by painful stimuli and, with repeated stimulation, these pathways can become altered and start firing independently of a painful stimulus. With repeated exposure to certain stimuli, a person becomes more sensitive to the stimuli and responds with greater and longer lasting pain.  These changes in the brain, in turn, affect the endocrine and immune systems of the body.  Through these multiple and interacting pathways, pain becomes amplified, it triggers more neural networks, and it becomes self-sustaining and resistant to treatment.  These events result in disturbances of mood, sleep, energy, libido, memory, concentration, behavior and stress tolerance.

The neural pathways that are involved in pain sensation overlap the pathways involved in depression.  So, pain not only stimulates sensory areas of the brain, but activates emotional centers as well, resulting in depression, anxiety and fear.

In addition, depression activates brain centers involved in pain sensation. Research has shown that the experience of pain is linked to EEG, or brain wave, activity. Teaching clients to alter EEG activity to reflect activity that has been shown to be associated with reduced pain may be promising.  More intense pain sensation has been associated with a decrease in alpha activity and an increase in beta activity.  Acute pain relief has been associated with decreases in beta and increases in alpha activity.  Decreasing some types of medically-related pain has also been associated with rewarding SMR activity, a special frequency of low beta activity, and inhibiting theta activity.

Research applying neurofeedback to the treatment of pain has included multiple chronic pain conditions, including chronic back pain, peripheral nerve injury, pain from cancer, fibromyalgia and migraine headaches. Much of the evidence for the use of neurofeedback to treat chronic pain can be found in the following journal article.

Headaches

Stress is often a big trigger for migraine sufferers.  Neurofeedback is showing promise as a non-invasive and painless method to relieve the stress reactivity and resulting rebound into migraine headache pain. With Neurofeedback, the brain learns to function with better self-control and stability through increased self-regulation.  With better regulation, stress decreases and migraines lessen or disappear.

In a 2010 study, 37 migraine patients were treated with Neurofeedback, and 70% experienced at least a 50% reduction in the frequency of their headaches, which was sustained on average 14.5 months after treatment. See article.

In this 2011 study, more that 50% of those trained with Neurofeedback experienced complete cessation of their migraines. The researchers concluded, “Neurofeedback appears to be dramatically effective in abolishing or significantly reducing headache frequency in patients with recurrent migraine”.

Neurofeedback and pain management

Research has shown that Neurofeedback can have a direct influence on the processing of pain. By learning self-regulation of brain functions, a client can modify the electrical activity in areas of the brain involved with pain processing, perception, or pain memory. This allows the reduction or even elimination of pain, along with associated issues, including depression or anxiety, for example.

The psychological factors that influence pain perception can modify our body’s biochemical processes. Thoughts can have a direct impact on these processes and potentially produce analgesia.

Another way in which neurofeedback can alleviate pain is the regulation of the emotional component associated with pain. The frontal cortex houses the unpleasantness associated with pain, and neurofeedback training applied to this region of the brain has been able to induce changes in pain affect in clients with acute and chronic pain, leading to an increased pain tolerance.

Chronic pain can also induce changes in the functional organization of the brain. Neurofeedback can allow the control of pain by altering the connectivity between brain regions, thereby inducing long-lasting changes in neuronal networks that can counterbalance the changes induced by chronic pain.

Indeed, clinical data has demonstrated the efficacy of neurofeedback therapy in a number of chronic pain conditions: it can decrease headache intensity, being particularly effective in children and adolescents, as well as migraine and pain associated with fibromyalgia. Neurofeedback can also be effective in post-operative pain and in cancer pain.

As new methods arise, it is likely that Neurofeedback will gain awareness and importance as a non-pharmacological therapy for a multitude of disorders.

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Sleep & Insomnia


Trouble sleeping – going to sleep, staying asleep or waking up?

More than 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders each year. With an additional 20 million having occasional sleep problems. The impact on their health, work, and relationships is immeasurable.

  • Do you lie awake at night worrying, unable to shut your mind off?
  • Do you feel unrested, always trying to catch up on your sleep?
  • Do you wake up many times during the night?
  • Do you have children that struggle with sleeping, bedwetting or night terrors?

How bad is not sleeping?

Insomnia can interrupt your daily routine by causing irritability, tiredness, problems focusing and exhaustion. If being tired isn’t bad enough, this affliction is a risk factor for other issues, including hypertension, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Chronic insomnia is a condition that affects nearly 10-15% of the population. The longer you struggle, the harder it is to overcome. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to treat it as soon as symptoms show up.

There are many reasons for sleep difficulties. It may be due to anxiety, stress, trauma, burnout or habitual loop of rethinking your day. Whatever causes it, your brain has lost the ability to shift into the correct state for sleep.

Neurofeedback has a powerful ability to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. The brain map (QEEG) clearly shows changes in your sleep patterns. Training your brainwaves with Neurofeedback to increase slow brainwaves or to decrease specific patterns or areas of the brain help to normalize sleep.  Surprisingly improved sleep happens rather quickly when the brainwaves are regulated. Falling asleep and staying asleep is clearly the job of the brain.

Neurofeedback training can help sleep, as well as lifestyle changes and changes in sleep “hygiene”.

As with any training program, an assessment is needed. Sleep hygiene (including caffeine, alcohol, and physical behaviors before bed) may be a factor in your sleep, as well as sleep apnea. All these issues need to be carefully addressed and corrected in combination with Neurofeedback training.

Neurofeedback is an alternative to medications, as the brain regulates, it can help reduce or eliminate medications (Please work with your physician when getting off prescribed medications) for insomnia and sleep disorders.

Common Sleep Issues that Improve with Neurofeedback

  1. Insomnia – Difficulty falling asleep; difficulty 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. Nightmares
  7. Bedwetting (Nocturnal enuresis)
  8. Sleepwalking
  9. Restless leg syndrome – Leg discomfort or sleep causing movement & arousal
  10. Bruxism – teeth grinding during sleep
  11. Sleep terrors – Abrupt arousal with intense fear, difficult to awaken, no dream recall or memory of event
  12. Dysregulated sleep patterns/cycles (circadian rhythms)

 

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Depression

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Depression can rob sufferers of the joy of life and leave them a shell of what they once were. In addition to the overwhelming sadness, despair and loneliness, it can also be fatal as some become so desperate they attempt suicide to escape it.

Depression has generally been treated with medication and therapy, both of which have limitations.

How well is your treatment plan working? Does it help a little, but you still don’t feel the darkness lifting? Maybe your treatment isn’t working at all? Unfortunately, not all treatment plans work. As many as two thirds of those with depression aren’t helped by the first medication they try, and up to one third don’t respond to several attempts.

If your treatment plan isn’t working, don’t lose hope. Neurofeedback can help restore a healthier brain pattern and may eliminate depression symptoms by teaching the brain how to get “unstuck” and better regulate itself. Brain training can be an effective method of treating depression.

Research has shown that neurofeedback can improve brain function through intensive brain exercises. Although the technology is sophisticated, it’s a simple process that is non-invasive and painless. It’s just learning! You will learn to alter your brain activity the same way you learn every other skill. You learn through feedback and practice. What is new in Neurofeedback is that you are guided by a form of instantaneous feedback about your brains electrical activity that was previously not available to you.

Neurofeedback training has also been found to be helpful in cases of depression caused by specific traumatic events, and by other insults to the brain such as chemotherapy, or general anesthesia in the elderly. EEG biofeedback (Neurofeedback) training is also indicated for those clients who do not respond favorably to medical management, and for those who are counseled to avoid certain medications by their doctor. This category includes pregnant women.

It is true of all remedies for depression that they may be accompanied by the recall of prior traumatic memories, which may have been suppressed for years. It is therefore important that counseling be available in the event of such traumatic recall, and for other profound emotional changes which can be elicited by the training.

There is evidence that once a person experiences a depressive episode, subsequent episodes are more likely. Hence, training the brain to re-mediate depression may have the beneficial effect of tending to make subsequent recurrences less likely. The training also appears to be effective for a variety of conditions that are seen concurrently with depression, such as alcohol dependence or violent behavior.

We have seen significant improvements in mood with neurofeedback. At Alpha Neurohealth Clinic, we believe that the research supports the use of neurofeedback for depression when medication or psychotherapy fail or result in only partial improvement. If you are depressed and neither anti-depressant medication nor psychotherapy has helped your symptoms, the existing research suggests that neurofeedback for depression may be helpful.

Medications treat symptoms and don’t correct the source of the problem. At Alpha NeuroHealth Clinic, our approach is different. We measure brain function with a quantitative EEG brain map, so that you can see the cause for your mood problems. The image at the left is from a qEEG analysis of a client with a history of depression. The area in red shows that the client’s left frontal cortex is more active than the right; a primary profile for depression. Once we can locate the source of the problem, we target that area for change through Neurofeedback training. This allows you to regulate your brain, not just mask your symptoms. Learn more.

Neurofeedback retrains dysfunctional brain patterns associated with depression, making it a very powerful tool. With the supervision of a qualified neurofeedback clinician, the brain practices healthier patterns of mood regulation.

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.

 

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Porn Addiction

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Pornographic images have been around for years, archaeologist throughout the world have found images carved in stone. Within the last 30 years, how pornography is viewed has changed, from having to travel to a rough part of town to personally purchase a magazine or video, to the ability to obtain explicate videos on your phone. With the Internet, users are now able to access pornography anonymously, having access to millions of images, mostly for free. The accessibility, affordability and anonymity takes the effort, cost and public judgment out of the equation. In the last twenty years, pornography has moved into mainstream society.

Why does this matter?

Effects of pornography gathered from self-reports show users have difficulty reaching orgasm, experience delayed ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, and no longer are aroused by real people. While symptoms do improve when they stop visiting online sites research shows 1/3 of men, 18-30 years old, believe they are addicted to pornography or are unsure.

People who suffer from drug abuse often show outward signs, like dilated pupils, bloodshot eyes, increased pulse, erratic behavior and mood swings. On the other hand, those who suffer from alcoholism demonstrate a growing dependency on alcohol to perform daily functions, lack of inhibition and loss of control over their emotions and actions.

A porn addict however, more than likely has the appearance of a perfectly normal person—no increased pulse, or bloodshot eyes or lack of control over their emotions. Porn addiction, if left untreated, can lead to a life of loneliness and heartache, causing damage similar to that experienced from drug and alcohol addiction.

If you’re a fan of pornography, you’re likely watching it a few times in a week. Porn addiction, is one of the many forms of sex addiction, and could mean that you spend more than a few hours a day watching pornography, chasing after the “high” it provides. In some cases, sex addicts develop unrealistic expectations about sex due to their prolonged exposure to porn. This can lead them to act out in unhealthy and unrealistic ways or fantasies.It can also drive a wedge between the addict and a loved one, preventing true connection and intimacy.

There are many who find they cannot stop watching porn even though they want to. Porn addiction can affect an individual’s work, family, and ability to date or form intimate relationships.  Hours on the internet can pass before the addict realizes they have neglected commitments. The internet has increased access to new sexual avenues and anonymous hookup sites. The wide availability of sex can be a problem for people who feel controlled by their sexual impulses.

We at Alpha NeuroHealth Clinic affirm the value of a healthy sexual relationship in people’s lives. Ironically, people may be attracted to porn because of this healthy, natural interest in sex – however, over time, using this false substitute, porn will diminish the enjoyment of real sexual relationships.   Viewers of porn are ambushed with unrealistic bodies, contrived situations and degraded behavior, all far from natural. With time, expectations and desires may change to conform to the counterfeit sexuality that is displayed in pornography.

As in all addictions, users turn to an unhealthy behavior to pursue reward or relieve pain and stress. The individual uses the sexual response system to alter their moods much like some alcoholics turns to the bottle to cope rather than confronting their problems in a healthy way.

While there are varying opinions about whether pornography can be addictive. We feel there is sufficient research to explain how pornography can change the reward circuitry in a user’s brain, and evidence is growing to show that pornography causes significant changes in brain function.

The biggest sexual organ you have is your brain. Sexual stimulation releases the highest natural quantities of dopamine. When dopamine is elevated long term, it leads to brain changes that are associated with addiction. This results in an individual feeling a loss of self-control, a reduced ability to cope with stress, and a lowered response to everyday sources of pleasure.

Alpha NeuroHealth Clinic uses Neurofeedback to assist addicts in coping with cravings and impulsivity,  helping to reduce relapse incidents. We teach the addict how to self-regulate during a craving, enabling them to move through the craving WITHOUT ‘using’.

In many cases, cravings are intense, debilitating, and often create a body response which leaves the addict with no other perceived choice, but to act out to get that “high”. To combat this, Neurofeedback is used to teach self-regulation of brain function.

Those who struggle with porn addiction report feeling a loss of control, a preoccupation with pornography or masturbation, and continue with the behavior despite negative life consequences.

 

As with any addiction Neurofeedback treatment has a high success rate, because what it does is teach your brain how to operate in a rational and calm state.

 

 

 

 

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Autism & Asperger’s

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Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) include the diagnoses of Autism, Asperger’s Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified.

There is no specific cure for autism,  therapeutic guidelines are directed to improve the quality of life for those with ASD by reducing symptoms and increasing their functioning. Neurofeedback is direct training of brainwave function, in which the brain learns to function more efficiently. Using a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG), brain waves are measured, recorded and compared. Feedback is then shown back to the person to help the brain self-regulate. The method has been developed in neurophysiological labs in scientific institutes in the USA and has been used very successfully for over 30 years.

The symptoms of ASD usually emerge by age 2 or 3. They may include inability to perceive sights and sounds adequately, resistance to change in daily routines, poor motor skills, repetitive behaviors or movements, hyper-focusing and loud outbursts.

Studies indicate that individuals with ASD have excessive connectivity in some areas of the brain and deficient connectivity in others. Neurofeedback is a very effective way of stabilizing and regulating brain function. By facilitating improvement in areas of abnormal connectivity and improving the functioning of the brain, symptoms are reduced, and positive outcomes result.

Parents consistently report that as their children begin brain training, they are calmer, manage emotions better, and don’t get overwhelmed as easily.

One important study, that included 37 ASD children, is titled “Assessment-Guided Neurofeedback for Autistic Spectrum Disorder,”  You can learn more about their results here.

Neurofeedback improves the quality of life for those with ASD as well as their families. It not only improves brain function, but helps with self-regulation, there are no long-term side effects and offers sustainable results. By combining neurofeedback with a comprehensive biopsychosocial approach, improvement is made in areas of dysfunction.

How Does Neurofeedback Help Autism?

Neurofeedback uses biofeedback technology to help establish healthier brainwaves. With ASD, a common finding is abnormal brainwaves. Research has shown that neurofeedback helps to regulate dysregulated brainwave function. By improving areas of abnormal connectivity and brainwave function, outcomes are optimized.

What Are the Noted Improvements for Autism?

Those that have trained with neurofeedback have seen improvements in initiation of touch and contact, clearer speech patterns, reduced emotional outbursts, better response to teacher and parental instruction, better imaginative thought, improved social skills and decreased hyperactivity.

The following link is to a paper written by Othmers’; pioneers in the field of Neurofeedback. Neurofeedback for the Autism Spectrum by Siegfried and Susan F. Othmer.

 

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Anxiety & PTSD

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Anxiety

Anxiety manifests itself in several ways including symptoms such as excessive worrying, overactive sense of fear, restlessness, overly emotional responses, negative thinking, catastrophizing, and defensiveness. It is usually present in cases of addiction, perfectionism, being overly controlling, and behavioral issues. Those suffering with anxiety experience a level of worry that is higher than normal,  often feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and stressed throughout their daily lives.

Anxiety is easily detected if someone appears outwardly nervous; however, many retain the appearance of calm, while inwardly their brain is working overtime. These intrusive thoughts can escalate to the point where it interrupts sleep and interferes with their quality of life.

Research on Neurofeedback for anxiety

There have been many studies showing that neurofeedback is effective in reducing anxiety. At Alpha NeuroHealth Clinic (ANC), we have found this to be the case. Research has also shown that neurofeedback should be done in conjunction with therapy. Neurofeedback works by quieting the anxiety networks in the brain

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

See the problem, then correct it.

Neuroscience research has shown the basis in the brain for anxiety disorders. Medications treat the symptoms and don’t correct the source of the problem in the brain. At ANC, we approach things differently. We measure brain function with a quantitative EEG or brain map, so that you can see the reason for your issues. The image below is from an qEEG analysis of a client with an anxiety disorder. The area in red shows excessive activity in the brain. Once we locate the source of the problem, we target that area through neurofeedback brain training. This allows you to retrain your brain, not just mask your symptoms with medication.

 

 

The standard treatment for anxiety is the prescription of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) also known as anti-depressants. These work to stimulate the production of serotonin- the “feel good” neurotransmitter. Short term, these are effective in helping a patient “feel good” but they don’t correct the brain dysregulation.

Neurofeedback has helped reduce anxiety long term and allows for people to taper off medication with their doctor’s supervision. As the brain learns to decrease anxiety and remain calm, often less medication is needed.

Medications don’t correct the problem, they are unable to monitor brain function.

Training the patient 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 most efficient tools to accomplish just that.

How Can Neurofeedback Help Anxiety?

The goal of neurofeedback is to transform a dysregulated, abnormal brainwave pattern into a normal, healthy, organized pattern. By doing this, the brain becomes more stable and can operate optimally and efficiently.

 

PTSD

PTSD is a form of anxiety caused by one, or a series of very traumatic experiences, often triggering many symptoms such as sleeplessness, anger, depression, anxiety, feelings of worthlessness and isolation.  When these stress responses are triggered in the brain, often the individual can’t turn them off.

We feel that if neurofeedback was better known to help PTSD, that it would be the first treatment used for those suffering. There are several cases of severe PTSD in which therapists and clients have reported that the clients got their lives back after completing Neurofeedback training.
With PTSD, many common forms of relaxation and stress just don’t have enough impact to overcome the problem. Medications are often introduced to help reduce symptoms. But medications don’t change the underlying stress symptoms. As an alternative to medications, neurofeedback can often help people reduce or eliminate drugs related to PTSD symptoms as their brains become stable.

How Does Neurofeedback Help Alleviate PTSD?

Neurofeedback looks at the specific parts of the brain affected by the PTSD. We train the brain to produce a calm state, as well as regulate the stress response. As the training proceeds, healthier brain patterns emerge.

Is Neurofeedback an Effective Way to Treat PTSD?

Yes, neurofeedback can help those with PTSD regain their life. Studies show that PTSD is a disorder based in the brain. The training teaches the brain to turn off the stress triggers and reclaim the regulated brain from before the event(s).

During training, the first noticeable improvement is sleep. As training continues, other related PTSD symptoms begin to improve. Once symptoms are reduced or eliminated and these gains hold for longer periods of time, training is gradually reduced until it’s clear the stability and calm is holding. At that time, training can end.

 

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Addiction

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Neurofeedback helps stop the “revolving door” of addiction.

With relapse rates sky-high in the majority of addiction programs, people struggling with addiction can find themselves in and out of treatment and rehabilitation programs for years.  Often, people with addiction leave a treatment program before completion.

Addiction is a brain disease, a mental disorder that debilitates a person in all aspects of his or her life. In addition, people with addiction frequently suffer from other mental health disorders such as ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety.

Why Is Neurofeedback So Effective?

Neurofeedback treats the disorder of addiction by retraining the brain. Teaching a person’s brain how to be calm, focused, and relaxed helps them to think more clearly and rationally. As stressful incidents, or triggers, are a major cause of relapse, neurofeedback training helps build a solid base on which to build recovery.

Medications may help to begin the change in the short-term, however, recovery from addiction is a long-term process. Neurofeedback retrains the dysregulated brain patterns causing dysfunction, giving a person with addiction the ability to succeed. Also, for a person who has relied on a substance abuse to manage daily life, medication may be just another substance to abuse.

How Does Neurofeedback Help End Addiction?

During times of stress, those with addiction need to remain calm, reasonable, and rational to make the important choices to stay clean and sober.

  • Neurofeedback teaches a person’s brain to operate in a calm, rational state, even in stressful situations.
  • Non-invasive therapy with no side effects.
  • Research has shown that integrating neurofeedback training into one’s treatment program produces a higher success rate than treatment programs without neurofeedback.
  • Neurofeedback clinicians report that more than 85% of their clients who train with neurofeedback improve their ability to focus, regulate behavior, and reduce impulsivity.
  • Neurofeedback helps manage emotions and mood while improving sleep, adding neurofeedback to a treatment program gives people the necessary tools to help them be more in control, avoid relapse and achieve success.

How Does Neurofeedback Work?

Neurofeedback helps to correct dysregulated brain patterns that contribute to addiction.

By using brain maps or a qEEG to determine the specific areas that are dysregulated, a customized training plan targets the regions of the brain that are under- or over stimulated. This helps correct some of the physiological aspects of the addiction.

If the person is over-stimulated, they are in a state of:

  • anxiety
  • impulsivity
  • reactivity
  • generally uncomfortable in their own skin

Alcohol, benzodiazepines and opiates will calm this state (often with deadly consequences).

On the other side, if the brain is under-stimulated the person often struggles with:

  • depression
  • low energy
  • a feeling of hopelessness

Drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and other stimulants will make the person feel awake and alive (again with dire consequences).

Neurofeedback therapists individualize the protocols in the Neurofeedback machine for each client based on their symptoms. However, the brain is a self-organizing organ that simply needs a bit of prompting to find its own balance. So, while there is a great deal of science involved in the process, there is also an organic phenomenon that occurs where the brain is seeking a regulated state. The brain wants to function optimally.

 

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