Neurofeedback is Proven Effective: The Research

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Can You Really Retrain Your Brain?

If you follow the Realwellnessdoc, then you know that we offer neurofeedback in our office.  We’ve posted several blogs describing neurofeedback and explaining how it works.  Despite this, you may wonder about the research behind it and whether it would work for you.  So for you research-geeks, here are some links to some great articles from reliable sources discussing neurofeedback and its efficacy for depression, anxiety, ADD, seizures, PTSD, sleep problems, migraines, and other brain-related conditions.

From the Mental Health Daily: the efficacy of neurofeedback and anxiety disorders.

From the Journal of Pediatrics: Neurofeedback provides a long-term solution to ADD that continues post-treatment.  

A NASA researcher discusses using neurofeedback to help kids with ADD. 

Neurofeedback: A Brain Flex to Help Olympic Athletes Train for a Better Performance

From the American Board of Sports Psychology: Neurofeedback for the Enhancement of Athletic Performance and Improved Balance

The role of neurofeedback on epileptic seizures

From the Clinical EEG and Neuroscience Magazine: The role of neurofeedback and migraines.

The role of neurofeedback on Traumatic Brain Injury/Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in OEF/OIF Veterans

Neurofeedback’s role in reducing depression, fatigue, and other problematic symptoms in patients with traumatic brain injury.  

Neurofeedback and depression and sleep problems.

Neurofeedback and sleep problems

If you would like to find out more, come to one of our free lectures on the topic in our Independence office on April 4th at 6:00, April 13th at 9:15 and April 27th at 11:45. The address is below.

Click here to register. We will be conducting a tour of our neurofeedback department on the April 4th and April 27th dates.

I hope to see you there!

Caroline Boardman
March 30, 2016

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

Quick Guide to Neurofeedback

NF Quick GuideQuick Guide to Neurofeedback

Hello everyone, I am one of FEO’s Neurofeedback Technicians. I love this job because I get to help clients achieve their goals and diminish symptoms with which they have suffered for years. Some of these symptoms may include sleep issues, social hinders, migraines, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, and memory loss. I feel so lucky because I get to see people come in longing for help and watch them leave a happier, more collected person!

Neurofeedback is pretty high-tech stuff, but I will try to give as simple of an explanation as I can. Neurofeedback is the study of analyzing the speed of neural cells and how fast they are firing from one cell to the next.  Basically, we are looking at the electrical activity of the brain. We can identify neuronal abnormalities such as anxiety, depression, ADD, and ADHD, and then correct them with neurofeedback. How do we do this, you may ask? We record a brain map called an E.E.G. and then create a customized training protocol to help that specific client.

Brain Maps

A brain map is a report that is generated from collecting data from the brain.  We collect the data by putting an electro-cap (looks and feels like a swimmers cap) on the clients head.  19 small round sensors cover the cap. Each of these sensors reads the brain activity of a particular part of the brain and our computers record this information.   From there, the lab prepares a report based on the data collected and generates a report for our doctors.   The report includes colorful pictures of the brain that correlate to what is going on in the brain.  It shows what areas are firing too quickly or too slow, or areas where the brain waves are too high or too low. After analyzing the report, our doctors meet with each client individually to discuss the findings and create a protocol for them.

Brain Training Sessions

After the doctor creates a protocol, I take over and set the client up for their brain training session. A session comes in many different forms. The main purpose of the neurofeedback session is to exercise the brain and make it more flexible. We can achieve this goal through a variety of different means:

  • watching a movie
  • relaxing with your eye closed
  • listening to music
  • playing virtual arcade games.

During these trainings, the client receives sound or visual rewards. The rewards encourage the brain to maintain the desired level.  (The level correlates to the brain map findings.) After being rewarded, your brain will learn how to gain more rewards and eventually your brain will embrace and want the new levels. That’s why neurofeedback is successful over 90% of the time!

Neurofeedback can help with many conditions, including:

  • sleep disorders
  • chronic fatigue
  • memory loss
  • ADD/ADHD
  • migraines
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • fibromyalgia
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • traumatic brain injuries
  • concussions

To learn more, visit our main website at www.balancingyourchemistry.com or our neurofeedback-specific website at www.brainbalancingandneurofeedbackcenter.com.

I will be back next month to go more in depth about neurofeedback, stay tuned!

Author: Klinger, Missty. February 19, 2015

Just the DNA PleaseFunctional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road,Suite 100, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330)644-5488
Independence: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd.,Suite 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216)236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey, Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians