CLIENTS & PRESS
CBS Evening News
Neurofeedback helps regulate brain function by controlling the brainwaves that disrupt his ability to focus. It is a skill that they learn just the same as riding a bicycle or playing a sport.
Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback that teaches patients to change faulty brain wave patterns at the root of behavior, learning or mood problems.
The patient becomes familiar with how the desired level of consciousness “feels” and through practice, learns to change and maintain that level of brain activity voluntarily. Biofeedback uses instruments to measure physiological responses, such as heart rate or blood pressure, and then feeds this information back to the patient who can learn to consciously control the problem. In Neurofeedback, it’s the brain wave patterns that are monitored.
Our brains produce electrical impulses, we all have brain wave frequencies that range from slow to fast. These correlate to specific states of awareness, when these frequencies are out of balance they produce the kind of psychological disorders that bring people in for help.
Researchers at NASA spun off a technology that uses biofeedback to help train their brain to focus better...originally developed to help pilots stay alert during long flights this new technology uses… games to help children train their brains.
We came up with this idea for a way to teach ADHD in children with our work in flight simulators where we were interested in pilots attentativeness and how to improve that.
What I like about it is that there are no side effects, unlike medication, which can have bad effects. Neurofeedback is an exciting physical, biological intervention that has great promise. When effective, the patient senses a different kind of personal potential. it’s hard science, its pure science; it’s just using something that the brain does naturally with some very high tech equipment to make the link possible, the human brain to machine link.
Italy's weapon is all in their heads. A Montreal firm developed the Mind Room, which helps Azzurri players put soccer into focus. When Italy plays against France tomorrow in the World Cup final, some of its best players will be relying on a secret weapon. Shoes with special cleats? No. Shorts that make a forward run faster? Not really.
For months now, at least four players on the Italian national team have been training to prepare themselves mentally for clutch moments in the World Cup. td. of Montreal.
Researchers at Imperial College London have used a technique called Neurofeedback to train people to remember more clearly. It works by showing people their own brainwaves on a computer screen, and teaching them how to control them.
Doctors believe it could one day be used as a treatment for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, epilepsy and other similar conditions affecting the brain.
Brain activity is monitored through sensors attached to the scalp. The patient can see the brainwaves on a screen.
This enables them to see how different moods and behaviour affects the brain. They are then taught how to control their brain activity and correct or stabilise it.
This is the first time we have shown a link between the use of neurofeedback, and improvements in memory
The Chicago Parent
Neurofeedback is used to treat problems that include ADD/ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, speech and language delays, developmental disorders, bed-wetting, sleep disorders, chronic headaches, and depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.
"A lot of clients come to us after going to doctors, psychologists and neurologists and not getting results. For example, I had a 4-year-old client who barely had a vocabulary and had behavior problems," Richman says. "He was frustrated because he couldn't communicate. Halfway into the program he had gained two new words. The next week he had five new words. Every week after that he increased his vocabulary dramatically and his frustration level dropped significantly."
Neurofeedback, in effect, "resets" the brain, says Nancy Milnes, a social worker and a practitioner. Milnes, who has offices in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood and south suburban Homewood, says the non-invasive procedure targets problems that typically are treated through drug therapy, which parents of these kids are trying to avoid.
"We're looking in a whole different direction than medicine, which hasn't worked for a lot of these problems," says Ann Richman, a speech pathologist who founded the Discovery Clinic with psychologist Marilyn DeBoer.
I found this new treatment very good and beneficial, it helped me a lot. Through this work I've been able to turn my life around. I was always stressed and thinking about the past, also worried with obsessive thoughts. And now I can finally manage better any situtations.
After only a few Neurofeedback sessions with Sonia I think now more positively, I also feel more confident, less anxious and energetic. This training made me strong minded and able to cope with all the challenges in my life.
I have seen a massive change in my accademic performance. Since Neurofeedback therapy I can feel my brain functions better. I have increased my memory skills, I have more focus and concentration. I am doing great in college now.
I was sitting in a restaurant and suddenly I realised I was smiling. My friend commented that it was the first time she'd seen me smile in a long time. In general, I feel better after each treatment and have fewer negative thoughts. I am able to function with more energy and relate to people in a more positive way. I feel more stable emotionally and happier. I am so glad I was given the chance to do this.
What I like about it is that there are no side effects, unlike medication, which can have bad effects on me. Neurofeedback is an exciting physical, biological intervention that has great promise I believe. I feel a different kind of personal potential. And after all, if it doesn't work for you, you can always stop with no risk.
Neurofeedback was a good fit for my daughter Sophia. After a few sessions, she was off her medication and feeling great. Describing the exercise-like nature of her practice sessions as "mental yoga," she is now better able to make decisions and solve her own problems, choosing alternatives to lashing out when frustrated. She laughs and chats freely about the many loves in her life — competitive swimming, soccer and dancing, her twin sister, Grace, and their new puppy. Clearly she's a young person who is now able to enjoy her life.