Brain training could help children with ADHD
(CNN) – Brain training, or neurofeedback has been around for a long time, but now, new technology and research on its effectiveness have created new interest in the field.
Patients are using neurofeedback, instead of medications, to help with a variety of conditions from migraines and stress to severe anxiety.
Anita Kite refers to herself as a “brain trainer”. She uses a computer program that helps clients shift their thinking into more functional patterns.
“We can show the brain a mirror of itself and provide it with feedback that gives it subtle cues either visually or auditorially or both that allows it to essentially sort of self-correct,” Kite said.
Pediatrician Naomi Steiner uses attention training neurofeedback to help children focus.
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Can Neurofeedback Help Kids with ADHD Press the Restart Button?
Neurofeedback has been criticized by some medical experts, but the expensive alternative treatment is worth the risk for some parents of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
New Neurofeedback Study Offers Hope for Chemo Brain Sufferers
Neurofeedback brain training regimen reverses cognitive impairment symptoms in over 90% of chemo brain patients tested, a new study by The Applied Brain Research Foundation of Ohio shows.
Neurofeedback & Fibromyalgia
Mind-Body Fibromyalgia Treatments
EMG biofeedback, hypnotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy – These methods of therapy have shown some usefulness in selected patients with fibromyalgia. Read more
Article: I think, therefore I heal: the weird science of neurofeedback
It’s been dismissed as bunk science for decades. But does neurofeedback deserve a second look?
Imagine if treating a mental illness was as simple as playing a video game — except your mind is the controller. That idea isn’t only real, it’s a therapy gaining traction in the medical community and among patients, who swear by its healing effects. Called neurofeedback, the procedure purports to treat a variety of illnesses — from alcoholism to post-traumatic stress disorder — for which mainstream medicine still hasn’t found adequate long-term solutions. While it’s been relegated to the realm of pseudoscience for decades, advocates are now hoping that new research can catalyze a revolution — one that’ll transform the therapy into a standard of care for thousands of patients.
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Neurofeedback helps relieve chemo brain symptoms
Article from Cleveland.com By Angela Townsend
Chemotherapy can save a cancer patient’s life. But those who have struggled with chemo brain — if they even know its name — can testify to the frustration of not being able to complete the simplest tasks.
Social psychologist Jean Alvarez, a breast cancer survivor, struggled with the condition for years. In 2007, the Lakewood resident turned to neurofeedback when nothing else seemed to help her get rid of the two symptoms she said were “left over” from chemotherapy treatment that ended years earlier.
Electroencephalogram, or EEG, biofeedback, otherwise known as neurofeedback, is a noninvasive treatment that provides information on and measures changes in a person’s brain-wave activity. The brain “self-corrects” by using the feedback to reorganize.
Traditional neurofeedback pinpoints a specific area of the brain in need of correction. But no one knows what the electrical “signature” of chemo brain is, so Alvarez used another type of neurofeedback equipment that addresses the brain as an integrated system, making the specific location of the problem less important.
Resistant to the suggestion of her physician at the time to undergo neuropsychological testing, Alvarez instead decided to pursue neurofeedback after revisiting something she had previously read about the technique.
Not only did Alvarez find relief, but after 10 treatments, she felt as good as she had before she began chemotherapy. That led her to design a research study to see if her success could be replicated. She hoped to provide relief to others more quickly than if they waited for symptoms to dissipate on their own, months or years later.
The small study looked at the impact of neurofeedback on lessening post-cancer cognitive impairment, or PCCI.
Her study was published online April 12 in the journal Integrative Cancer Therapies.
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Can Neurofeedback Help Kids with ADHD Press the Restart Button?
Neurofeedback has been criticized by some medical experts, but the expensive alternative treatment is worth the risk for some parents of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Read article here
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‘Neurofeedback’ helping to re-train distracted brains
VANCOUVER SUN, FEBRUARY 16, 2015
During neurofeedback, small electrodes are placed on a person’s ears and head. Earbuds play soft music, and a nearby computer records the person’s brain waves. Large variations can be seen as bars spreading out rapidly from the centre; a balanced brain is calm, with little variation in movement. When the person’s brain “surges” or becomes unbalanced, the music is interrupted slightly. By hearing those little interruptions, a brain trains itself to stay in the balanced zone. Read article here
Neurofeedback for ADHD: AAP’s Biofeedback Endorsement a Game Changer?
Neurofeedback and excitement aren’t generally discussed in the same sentence. The professional neurofeedback community tends to be a pretty cerebral bunch (no pun intended) and mostly impervious to hyperbole. And clients/end-users generally turned to EEG biofeedback in the first place for stress reduction and calm – basically the opposite of excitement.
But the American Academy of Pediatrics recent full-fledged endorsement of biofeedback has caused quite the stir among growing legions of neurofeedback users and the cognitive cogniscenti. In case you missed it, a November 2012 AAP report* recommended biofeedback as a Level One or “Best Support” treatment for children suffering from ADHD. Even more stunning was the fact that the Academy gave a big “thumbs up” to what many individual studies have already concluded: that biofeedback is just as effective for treating ADHD as pharmaceutical drugs. That ought to shake the rafters of some Big Pharma factories. For as much faith (and money) as our society has invested in pharmaceutical ‘miracle’ drugs, it’s somwhat astonishing that a professional organization as respected as the AAP could get behind a non-invasive, naturopathic alternative like neurofeedback so whole-heartedly.
But what’s even more interesting are the potential consequences the AAP’s endorsement may hold for the future of eeg biofeedback, a.k.a. neurofeedback for ADHD.
-ADHD diagnoses are up 66% in recent years. It follows that, in the near future, individuals seeking relief from focus and concentration problems will inevitably rise, causing the number of neurofeedback users to proportionately increase. More biofeedback devotees will steer brain training even more into the mainstream.
Neurofeedback for ADHD
Neurofeedback or EEG biofeedback is an off-spring of biofeedback. It arose out of our growing understanding of the brain and how the brain’s electrical activity, as measured by an EEG readout, plays a role in the creation of symptoms, such as anxiety or inattentiveness. Put another way, our brainwave patterns reveal the brain’s functioning and the field of neurofeedback is looking at how that functioning can be altered to alleviate symptoms. For example, the brainwave patterns of individuals with ADHD will be different than in those without ADHD. Read full article here
WATCH: Kids with ADHD use Biofeedback for help.
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Neurofeeback for Sleep Disorders (Insomnia)
WATCH: Biofeedback Could Help You Sleep. Turn off your “busy brain” and get some sleep.
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Neurofeedback for Anxiety and Stress Disorders
Neurofeedback for Migraines
ScienceDaily (May 9, 2012) — “Practice makes perfect,” the saying goes. Optimal performance, however, can require more than talent, effort, and repetition. Training the brain to reduce stress through neurofeedback can remove barriers and enhance one’s innate abilities.
An article in the journal Biofeedback presents the narrative of a young cellist who was able to realize the potential of his talent and eliminate debilitating migraine headaches. This case study is part of a special section in the Spring 2012 issue focusing on optimal functioning.
Enhancing people’s performance in business, performing and visual arts, academia, and sports can be realized through biofeedback and neurofeedback training. Tools of stress reduction, mental imagery training, psychology, and psycho-physiological technology are combined to help people reach their goals.
Neurofeedback More Effective than Medication: Eliminates Headaches Without Side-Effects. Stunning results from a new study reveal that 54% of participants receiving neurofeedback experienced complete relief from migraines.
28 million Americans suffer from recurrent migraines At the end of the study, 54% of those participating in the neurofeedback treatments experienced a complete elimination of their migraines, and no side effects from the neurofeedback therapy.
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Article from New York Times: BRAIN TRAINING Practitioners say neurofeedback allows patients to alter their brain waves through practice.
By KATHERINE ELLISON - Published: October 4, 2010
You sit in a chair, facing a computer screen, while a clinician sticks electrodes to your scalp with a viscous goop that takes days to wash out of your hair. Wires from the sensors connect to a computer programmed to respond to your brain’s activity.
IN PRACTICE Robert Coben, of Massapequa, N.Y., has been using neurofeedback to treat a variety of brain disorders.
Try to relax and focus. If your brain behaves as desired, you’ll be encouraged with soothing sounds and visual treats, like images of exploding stars or a flowering field. If not, you’ll get silence, a darkening screen and wilting flora.
This is neurofeedback, a kind of biofeedback for the brain, which practitioners say can address a host of neurological ills — among them attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,autism, depression and anxiety — by allowing patients to alter their own brain waves through practice and repetition. Read article at NY Times.
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In past sixty years, advances in neuroscience have led to remarkable progress in the fight against disorders of the brain, from Alzheimer’s Disease to traumatic brain injury to addictions. Could the scientific discoveries of recent decades about how the brain works also be used to improve the functioning of healthy individuals?
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Are leaders born? Or can they be made? A new study that looks at the brain waves of various individuals seems to find evidence that charismatic leadership has a physical manifestation in the brain. But it may be possible to teach people how to change their brain activity in ways that may make them more inspirational to others. Read full article at www.hreonline.com