Neurofeedback is a type of neurotherapy that has been in use since the 1970s. It is used to treat a number of mental health diagnoses and nervous system disorders, like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). These conditions cause problems with attention, concentration, forgetfulness, impulsivity, and managing emotions.
The following are 4 benefits neurotherapy can provide
Non-invasive technology that is fun to use
The typical treatment protocol requires a brain map that operates as a type of benchmark or “fitness evaluation.” It helps set goals and determines what areas of the brain may need some help functioning more efficiently. Then, we set up weekly sessions of neurofeedback which involve watching a pleasant video in a comfortable chair, while your brain is paying attention and learning in the process. Our patients wear headphones, special glasses to deliver the video, and small electronic leads that connect to a computer. Most report how much they enjoy coming to the sessions, which are relaxing and enjoyable.
Treatment does not affect your medications
Neurofeedback does not affect your biochemistry. Therefore you can take your medications with ease. Our hope is that the therapy can help you reduce your symptoms and medications used to help control them. We advise our patients to work with their physicians directly about their need for medications or changes in dosages.
Neurofeedback has no side effects
Many times parents seek neurofeedback therapy for their child because the child cannot tolerate the stimulant medications often prescribed for the condition. Or sometimes the side effects are just too much. Neurofeedback training, on the other hand, has no side effects.
Effects are long-lasting
Neurofeedback is similar to fitness training for your brain. Session after session, patients watch a video they enjoy through special photic lenses while they are hooked up to a computer which monitors their brain activity. Customized protocols are programmed into the system and trigger subtle changes in audio and video output that brings the brain back into balance. Just like riding a bike, the brain learns to stay balanced over time. Once these good habits are established, the effects persist. It is not a quick fix, but results our patients tell us about are remarkable.
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The Carlton Center for NeuroFeedback is a skilled provider of neurofeedback therapy to children and adults. Contact us for a free evaluation to learn whether it might be right for you or your child.