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Neurofeedback- An Evidence-Based Scientific Approach to Mental Health

Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, evidence- based psychotherapy that allows patients to train their own brains to improve various functions. Evidence- based psychotherapy or medicine is defined by the NIH (National Institute of Health) as follows:

“Evidence based medicine (EBM) is the conscientious, explicit, judicious and reasonable use of modern, best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. EBM integrates clinical experience and patient values with the best available research information.” (1)

An EEG readout used for neurofeedback Neurofeedback uses qEEG technology (brain mapping) to measure a patient’s brain waves, and then engages them in dynamic brain training to normalize levels, correlating to improvements in function in that area. Research on wave signatures of individual neurological disorders such as ADD or traumatic brain injury (TBI) has helped specialists identify with great accuracy patterns of brain dysfunction, and researchers have used this much larger pool of data to develop specific neurofeedback protocols to benefit or reverse each individual neurological condition.

During a neurofeedback session, patients play simple games in which they are rewarded for changes in their own brain wave patterns through visual feedback. Adjusting brain wave patterns to optimal levels is a skill the patient learns intuitively, and success allows for progress in the game. Eventually patients develop much greater internal control of their psycho-emotional or behavioral issues, and neurological disorders can be corrected or at least greatly improved.

Treating PTSD with Neurofeedback

A veteran with PTSDPTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, has gotten a lot of press lately as many veterans return from the wars in the middle east with trauma. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as

These cases are often complicated by TBI, or Traumatic Brain Injury. In fact, the two can be intrinsically related and co-generating. Depression is often the result. Neurofeedback treats both conditions, so is becoming one of the complementary therapies of choice in the treatment of PTSD.

Neurofeedback for Traumatic Brain Injury

6950602992_d7a06a638a_zTraumatic Brain Injury, commonly referred to as a head injury, is a brain dysfunction caused by an outside force, usually a violent blow to the head.

From the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):

Traumatic Brain Injury Overview

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability in the United States, contributing to about 30% of all injury deaths.  Every day, 138 people in the United States die from injuries that include TBI.  Those who survive a TBI can face effects lasting a few days to disabilities which may last the rest of their lives.  Effects of TBI can include impaired thinking or memory, movement, sensation (e.g., vision or hearing), or emotional functioning (e.g., personality changes, depression).  These issues not only affect individuals but can have lasting effects on families and communities.

Neurofeedback Goes Mainsteam

Neurofeedback According to Newsweek magazine, Neurofeedback has gone mainstream.

The promise of neurofeedback is to shift our brain waves back to health without drugs, exercise or even meditation. Clients suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, anger or depression can simply sit in a comfortable chair for half-hour sessions with a few wires protruding from their scalp and get a mental tune-up, if not a complete rewiring of an off-kilter brain.

-from Newsweek 5/9/16 “Rewiring Your Brain- Neurofeedback Goes Mainstream

This may fall into the category of ordinary people discovering what scientists have known for years, but it’s good news for your brain, as this mind- blowing therapy becomes more widely available.

Common Conditions Treated with Neurofeedback

Therapists are using neurofeedback to treat ADHD, PTSD and other conditions

PTSD Treatments- NeurofeedbackNeurofeedback is a type of brain training or biofeedback that uses video games, computers and other specialized tools to help regulate a client’s brain waves. There was recently an article in the Washington Post about neurofeedback and it’s uses in treating a wide variety of brain disorders, including PTSD, pain and anxiety.

Synergy Neurofeedback is a neurofeedback clinic in Fort Collins, CO. You can make an appointment by calling 970-221-1106 or email us.

A neurofeedback therapist uses a computer and sensors measuring brain waves to adjust waves that are out of balance, resulting in a reduction of emotional or neurological symptoms. The article mentions a recent trial involving 104 children published in March in the Journal of Pediatrics. Neurofeedback produced improvements in attention and impulse control, which persisted after six months. The authors concluded that neurofeedback may be a “promising attention training treatment for children with ADHD.”