Everyday it seems that more and more neurofeedback articles are being written about the benefits of neurofeedback and the way it is changing the face of therapy. Reports are coming out describing numbers of different ways that this state of the art science is giving people back a greater quality of life and relief from their symptoms. Though Neuroptimal is not a medical device, and the technicians don’t diagnose, there are many things that improve with people after using neurofeedback.
Treatment gives hope to PTSD sufferers
It is difficult for navy veteran Aubrey Francis to talk about the faces that have haunted him for years in flashbacks and in nightmares, but this week, he sat for an interview and compelled himself to recall one of the worst days of his life. His goal: to make others aware of an experimental treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder that has blunted the destructive power of his memories… more
SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Military leaders and mental health professionals gathering at the Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control Conference (NCCOSC) in San Diego heard overwhelming evidence of the effectiveness of neurofeedback treatment in treating soldiers dealing with the traumatic effects of PTSD and brain injury.
“Our studies show that neurofeedback in early stages of deployment can actually forestall descent into PTSD, as well as providing dramatic results for both active duty soldiers and veterans suffering from this debilitating condition.”…. more
Neurofeedback tunes key brain networks, improving subjective well-being in PTSD
Pioneering research conducted at Western University (London, Canada) points to a promising avenue for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): utilising neurofeedback training to alter the plasticity of brain networks linked to the condition.
During neurofeedback, intentional control of one’s own brain activity may be learned with what’s called a brain-computer interface, which is able to represent graphically a person’s real-time brain activation on a computer. This can be done noninvasively with brainwave activities, for example, where the computer monitor behaves like a virtual “mirror” to real electrical oscillations produced by neurons in the cortex. These are recorded by surface sensors on the scalp, also known as an electroencephalogram (EEG)… more
Controlling post-traumatic stress could be as close as game on cell phone
GREENVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 28, 2012) — What if Soldiers could train themselves to control the physical reactions that often mark post-traumatic stress, or PTS, — the racing heart, rapid breathing, and overtuned responses that make it difficult to focus on the task at hand? What if that physical control could make them feel better all around, or perhaps even help prevent PTS in the first place?
Biofeedback now a “Level 1 — Best Support” Intervention for Attention & Hyperactivity Behaviors
PracticeWise, the company that maintains the American Academy of Pediatrics “Evidence-based Child and Adolescent Psycho-social Interventions” (see current edition here) has just announced it will elevate biofeedback to “Level 1 — Best Support” as an intervention for Attention & Hyperactivity Behaviors in the next edition. Working Memory Training will stay at Level 2 — Good Support. Studies influencing the decision included:
Beauregard, M., & Levesque, J. (2006). Functional magnetic resonance imaging investigation of the effects of neurofeedback training on neural bases of selective attention and response inhibition in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Applied Psychology and Biofeedback, 31, 3–20…more
In Study, Neurofeedback Matches Stimulants’ Ability to Treat ADHD
Children and adolescents with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a number of treatment options available to them, including behavioral therapy and stimulant medication. The core symptoms of ADHD, which include hyperactivity and inattention, are the most challenging for clients and those treating them. Individuals with ADHD often have difficulty maintaining social relationships and struggle academically. Even very intelligent children have academic impairments because of impulsivity and inattention. Evidence suggests behavioral therapy can be an effective method for treating ADHD, but many children do not see dramatic results. Medications such as stimulants have been proven to provide immediate symptom improvement, but come with side effects. Therefore, it is necessary to fully explore other avenues of treatment for individuals with ADHD…more
Neurotherapy brain exercises offer hope
Melanie Lewis and her husband started to worry about their son when he was about three years old. His speech was delayed and he had trouble staying focused on anything for long. He lacked coordination, and he started having seizures. The family spent the next several years going from doctor to doctor, only to wind up with a handful of prescriptions and little hope.
“When he was eight-and-a-half, he started having seizures of a different sort,” Lewis says on the line from her home in Harrogate, England. “We saw pediatricians and neurologists who gave us a phenomenally gloomy prognosis and basically just racked up the dosage of his drugs. It was a time of fairly major disillusionment in the medical system.”
School-based brain training shown to alleviate ADHD
With more than one in 10 children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, parents and doctors alike have been eager to find alternatives to prescription stimulant medications like Ritalin or Adderall. Some of these options include computer programs that train the brain to increase attention span and a therapy called neurofeedback where a practitioner teaches children how to keep their brain calm and focused.
In an effort to compare which technique was better, Tufts Medical Center researchers conducted a study in 104 Boston-area elementary school children with ADHD — half of whom were taking stimulants — randomly assigning them to have neurofeedback or cognitive computer training at school three times a week for five months, or no therapy at all. Both the neurofeedback and the cognitive training enabled the children to have longer attention spans, but only the neurofeedback reduced hyperactive and impulsive behaviors, according to the study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics…more
Training normalizes imaging patterns in autism brains
Sarah DeWeerdt 13 November 2013
Watching movies and playing video games are almost universally beloved among adolescent boys. In the case of adolescent boys with autism, these activities — when incorporated into a training program — may help erase certain abnormalities seen in functional brain imaging scans, according to research presented Monday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.
Neurofeedback training teaches individuals to control their brain waves by providing constant feedback from a computer or video screen about the nature and strength of the brain waves at any given moment. Although neurofeedback is widely touted as an alternative therapy for autism, it does not yet have a strong scientific basis. The therapy is controversial because it is expensive, its mechanism is poorly understood and many scientific studies of the treatment have serious flaws….more