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Using Neurofeedback to Treat Neuropathy

neurofeedback for neuropathyNerve pathology, or neuropathy, is a condition in which a nerve functions improperly due to injury or disease, causing numbness, tingling or pain from mild to severe, or other health issues depending on the nerves affected.

There are many different types of neuropathy. Neuropathy can be in the peripheral nervous system, affecting the extremities, or it can be focused on any of the cranial nerves, for example optical dysfunction could be caused by a neuropathy of the optic nerve. There is also neuropathy of the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system, where nerves that control the heart and circulation, digestion, bowel and bladder function.

Neuropathy has a variety of causes including diseases, injuries, infections, and even vitamin deficiency. It is commonly caused by diabetes, but can also be caused by autoimmune disease, tumors/cancer, infections like Lyme’s disease, alcoholism, an inherited genetic disorder, toxic exposure, and even drugs and medication.

Conventional medical treatments vary by the nerves affected and their associated symptoms.  Common classes of drugs used include antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and of course opioid and opioid- like drugs. To increase the effectiveness of these medications, as well as to reduce their common side effects, many neuropathy patients are turning to alternative medicine.

Neurofeedback News and Research June 2018

Neurofeedback to Help Smokers Kick the Habit

Experts in toxicology, pulmonary medicine, neuroscience, and behavioral therapy have recently come together to help smokers quit. Preliminary results show that the neuro-feedback intervention protocol can cause lasting changes in the brain cortex as people try to stop smoking. Researchers have designed a specific neuro-feedback intervention protocol to combat addiction.

“Smoking is the largest avoidable cause of lung diseases, morbidity and premature mortality worldwide,” says project coordinator Panagiotis Bamidis. “The purpose of our project is to deliver new knowledge regarding the cost-effectiveness of innovative smoking cessation interventions. This approach should improve the efficiency of public policy strategies aiming to reduce smoker numbers and therefore help to prevent lung diseases.”

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Neurofeedback Training for Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy Study Receives Award

Neurofeedback News and Research May 2018

Cal State San Bernardino publishes a study on Neurofeedback and PTSD with very positive results

One in five veterans returning from active combat has symptoms of PTSD. PTSD symptoms can include agitation, hostility, hypervigilance, self-destructive behavior, social isolation, flashbacks, severe anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It is notoriously hard to treat- the most promising therapy up until now in the world of conventional medicine has been CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).

In this recently published study, veterans with PTSD experienced significant improvements in well-being. Initially 80 percent of the veterans were experiencing severe to moderate levels of distress. Following neurofeedback treatment, 78 percent of them reported positive levels of well-being.

“Overall the findings support artifact-corrected neurofeedback as a clinically-effective intervention that helps improve some of the impairments associated with PTSD and that specific improvements in auditory attention and processing speed can contribute to greater well-being.” -Cal State San Bernadino

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Time course of clinical change following neurofeedback

A recent study, by combining data from two ongoing neurofeedback studies, has found that the symptoms treated with neurofeedback during these studies continue to improve for weeks after the treatment. Most neurofeedback studies stop measuring the therapeutic response after the treatment is over, which could result in skewed results, showing less therapeutic effect.

Recent Developments in Neurofeedback

Meta-analysis Confirms Sustained Effects of Neurofeedback for ADHD

March 6, 2018- In this study with over 500 children, researchers compiled data comparing the results of neurofeedback for ADHD. An international group of researchers carried out the study, which used different control groups to disambiguate their findings, including one for medication, and another for non-activity. Research from 10 other randomized studies was compiled, and 6 month follow ups were made to assess the long term effectiveness of the treatments.

“Given treatment with medication in ADHD is effective in short-term symptom management, and clinical benefit is likely to diminish after sustained use for more than 2 years, there is a need for treatments that result in better long-term benefits.” -Sustained effects of neurofeedback in ADHD: A systematic review and meta-analysis

The study found that neurofeedback was an effective treatment for ADHD  and produces durable effects over a 6-month period following treatment, positioning neurofeedback as a “promising treatment with long-term benefit.”

The Treatment of Insomnia with Neurofeedback

Insomnia- An Epidemic in the Modern World

In the modern world, there are all manner of influences that might be disruptive to a normal sleep cycle. We over consume stimulants like caffeine and sugar. Our biological system is constantly under assault from electromagnetic frequencies from wifi networks and cell phone radiation. We are exposed to pollution to varying degrees. The stress level in general is high.

As a result, many of us fail to get adequate sleep at night. Insomnia has currently reached epidemic status in the developed world. Recent estimates of the prevalence of insomnia according to data analysis studies show us that almost 1/3 of the US population suffers from some form of sleep disturbance.

Modern medicine falls short of adequately helping insomniacs. All it can offer is sedatives or hypnotics, two classes of drugs that can create as many problems as they seek to alleviate. This is where alternative medicine can step in to take up the slack.