Neurofeedback is quickly becoming one of the most sought after treatments for ADHD, Anxiety, and more. This is because it does not use medication. Also, there are no side effects and it is highly effective. As such, new books feature Neurofeedback as the most advanced treatment for brain-based conditions. The difficult part is that most people don’t know that their struggles come from their brains.
What Causes ADHD & Anxiety?
Few people know that irregular use of speed in the brain causes ADHD and anxiety. In ADHD, the brain uses too much slow brain speed. This causes a lack of focus and easy distraction. The reverse is true for anxiety. When you struggle with anxiety it is because your brain is using too much extra fast speed. If you want to know more about this, visit Dr. Trish Leigh’s YouTube Channel. there you will find hundreds of videos describing how your brain creates your symptoms and what to do about it.
Neurofeedback to Improve Focus & Anxiety
How Can I Tell if My Brain Has ADHD or Anxiety?
First, we identify your brain performance pattern through our specialized evaluation called a qEEG Brain Map. You can see the ADHD and Anxiety brain patterns with your own eyes. Neurofeedback establishes the new, better pattern of calm-focus. The therapy reinforces the new pattern over time. This way the optimal pattern continues to get stronger and stronger. In this way, the brain cells continue to practice firing together for improved behaviors and quality of life.
How Do ADHD and Anxiety Get Worse Over Time?
Hebb’s Scientific Law states that brain cells that fire together, wire together. What that means is that every time you use a brain pattern, it gets stronger. This is good and bad. It is bad because the more you use the pattern for ADHD or anxiety, the stronger it will get. Over time this will cause you more and more problems. However, the good news is that the more you use a positive brain pattern, the stronger it gets. Neurofeedback Therapy has power in its ability to break that negative brain pattern and create a new better one. Neurofeedback can prevent your brain pattern from getting worse and make it better.
Does Neurofeedback Work for Other Conditions
Yes. Most people seek out Neurofeedback for ADHD and Anxiety. However, science proves Neurofeedback is effective for a wide variety of brain-based conditions. Neurofeedback works well for trauma, PTSD, concussion, sensory processing disorders, tinnitus, pain, and learning challenges.
How Does Neurofeedback Work?
Neurofeedback means ‘brain’ (neuro) and ‘input’ (feedback). First, we identify the problematic brain patterns. The ones causing your symptoms. Then our specialized computer system optimizes your brain into a healthy pattern. Over time, the brain learns to stay in a healthy performance pattern. Then it can stay there without the aid of technology. Basically, the computer teaches your brain to improve how it is functioning. Symptoms decrease as the brain works better.
The result… the brain is better able to regulate itself. This way your mind and body perform better. This, in turn, can reduce or eliminate your symptoms. Unlike many other treatments that only address the symptoms, neurofeedback therapy gets to the underlying source. Neurofeedback can alter the structure and function of the brain for the better. As such, many patients report permanent positive changes to their behavior months and years after ending the therapy.
Does Neurofeedback Work Long-Term?
Neurofeedback Therapy is a powerful tool for improving the existing brain pattern and not having it return to the problematic pattern that it was originally in. Studies show gains remain after a successful Neurofeedback program. The doctors at Leigh Brain & Spine work together to ensure patient success and long-term outcomes.
Is Their Science Behind Neurofeedback?
Yes. There are thousands of studies backing the efficacy of Neurofeedback Therapy. For specific scientific studies, please visit our Science page. For over 70 years, Neurofeedback has been used as a successful therapy. Many scientific studies show its effectiveness. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association endorse Neurofeedback as an effective treatment.
What Principles Make Neurofeedback Therapy Work?
Neurofeedback Therapy is founded in a scientific study known as “Pavlov’s dog”. Pavlov, a scientist, taught dogs to drool in the presence of food (the reward) and then took the food away and they still drooled. Classical Conditioning is the principle behind the study’s success. The performance patterns of the dog’s brains improved based upon rewards. Following the rewards, behavior improved. Taking this a step further, Neurofeedback Therapy works based upon a technique called Operant Conditioning.
Operant Conditioning works through the use of positive feedback (rewards) and negative feedback (lack of rewards or consequences). For example, when your child acts like an angel, you give him lots of praise and a lollipop. int his case, you are inadvertently using Operant Conditioning. If you give him minimal attention when he is not behaving well, you are using operant conditioning again. Through a system of rewards and lack thereof, the brain learns what behaviors are desirable and which are not.
What Happens During a Neurofeedback Session?
Neurofeedback Therapy capitalizes on Neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to heal itself through this learning process. The brain receives a reward in the form of auditory and visual feedback when it has proper brain signal use. Louder sound is the auditory feedback. At the same time, a brightening of the computer screen visually gives feedback to the person. If the person’s brain does not use the new better brain pattern, the audio decreases and the screen becomes dim. This is the lack of a reward. When the brain is using the new, better pattern the screen plays brighter and audio louder. In this way, the brain learns to improve its performance by working for the rewards and avoid the negative feedback. You can watch a video on a Neurofeedback session on Dr. Trish Leigh’s YouTube Channel.
How Do I Know If Neurofeedback Therapy is Working?
Improvement is measurable. The first signs of improvement are better thinking, feeling, and behavior Emotinal and self-regulation improve. You set goals, with the doctors at Leigh Brain & Spine, at the beginning of your program. Your behaviors will improve. However, Neurofeedback Therapy is measurable at Leigh Brain & Spine because of the use of the highest grade equipment that exists. We can measure your results throughout your therapy program.
Each visit for Neurofeedback Therapy records a performance graph of your brain functioning. Thus, you can see within each session and across sessions if indeed your brain signals and brain pattern are changing. With the change in pattern comes relief of symptoms.
What is a Neurofeedback Session Like?
Sessions are quite pleasant. Once you are reclined comfortably in a chair you watch a video and relax. The advanced technology reacts to your brain pattern and plays brighter or dimmer accordingly. The brain bio-sensors are ‘read only’. They DO NOT put anything into your brain. They simply pick up on the brain signals and produce the feedback to help your brain learn to work better. In fact, your brain learns to produce more of the desired brain pattern and less of the undesired one.
Through this simple method, your brain learns how to reduce brain patterns associated with low performance that creates problems like ADHD and anxiety. At the same time, it increases brain patterns associated with optimal brain function for calm-focus. This technique is much like physical exercises that strengthen and develop specific muscles of your body. Neurofeedback strengthens your brain’s muscle. The more your brain is exercised it reaches a new, healthier, stronger performance pattern. Like any new skill, it simply requires feedback and practice.
After your session, one of our Neurofeedback doctors will show you the graph produced by your session so that you can clearly see how your brain performed and improvements of brain functioning over time. We can even provide this unique experience at home.
How Long Are Neurofeedback Sessions?
Sessions are approximately 35 – 40 minutes. Our skilled technicians apply sensors to your scalp and then the computer system does all the work. You can even do Neurofeedback therapy in the comfort of your home with our team’s on-line guidance.
Is a Neurofeedback Program the Same for Everyone?
No. At Leigh Brain and Spine, we individualize each person’s Neurofeedback program for their specific needs. This is based upon your specific brain map. This is not the same as all practitioners. The highest level of equipment and top-level doctor skills make it possible for Leigh Brain & Spine to deliver the highest quality, individualized care. qEEG Brain Mapping is an essential step in individualizing care. The doctors carefully analyze and interpret each brain map. The skilled doctors recommend a personalized Neurofeedback Therapy program specifically for you. We design your Neurofeedback with your goals in mind and constantly monitor your progress to make sure we are on track.
Why Haven’t I heard of Neurofeedback?
Scientific understanding of how the brain works have been changing and evolving so quickly over the past 20 years that it is almost unfathomable. Most healthcare professionals are operating on science from over 25 years ago. Thankfully, the doctors at Leigh Brain & Spine are at the forefront of this life-changing, cutting-edge technology that is available to permanently help you and your family.
Who Uses Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback Therapy is used by professionals around the world. Children with learning challenges are seeing gains in behavior and performance as they organize and stabilize their brain patterns.
NASA uses neurofeedback to train astronauts. The US military uses it to train their Special Forces, and have adopted neurofeedback as a new intervention for PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Because it is not harmful at all and it improves focus, productivity, and stress many peak performers in all fields are now using and endorsing neurofeedback. Tony Robbins, multi-millionaire business man, musicians at the Royal Conservatory in London, the Women’s Olympic volleyball team (Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May Trainor), NBA player Chris Kaman, and the entire Vancouver Canucks hockey team are just a few to mention. Neurofeedback helps them stay calm under pressure, tap into their creativity, and implement the necessary strategies so they can succeed.
You will be working one-on-one with the professionals at Leigh Brain & Spine who will monitor and assist your progress, working with you to assure the best results.
What Professionals Say About Neurofeedback.
“The literature, which lacks any negative study of substance, suggests that EEG biofeedback therapy should play a major therapeutic role in many difficult areas. In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy, it would be universally accepted and widely used.”
Frank Duffy, MD, Neurologist, Harvard Medical School Professor, Head of the Neuroimaging Department and of the Neuroimaging Department at Boston’s Children’s Hospital
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If you are ready to shift your brain to new levels then call us today. We can help you create a new, better operating mode so that you can be focused, relaxed. This can help improve anxiety, sleep, and more. We offer Neurofeedback Treatment from the comfort of your home. We deliver your specialized equipment directly to your door! Have your brain evaluated. See the results for yourself.
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