Neuroplasticity: The Scientific “Backbone” of Neurofeedback
(And the key to helping you change your brain patterns at any age)
Neurofeedback is founded on the principle that the brain has an amazing ability to change itself. This ability is known as “neuroplasticity.” It’s how learning takes place. For example, neuroplasticity is what allows you to become better at a sport with practice or to develop a new habit over time.
A circadian rhythm is the internal clock established by your brain. Your brain will make note of when it is exposed to light and when it is exposed to darkness, creating a loose 24-hour clock to go by. The clockwork is quite fragile since, biologically, your brain has only been exposed to two variables to adjust it: sunlight and moonlight.
You may feel like you haven’t been sleeping well since the pandemic hit, and statistics say you’re not alone. Researchers have even coined a name for it: “coronasomnia.” That’s the wide-spread increase in sleepless nights and disturbed slumber that has spread over every age group during the past year.
Humans are most vulnerable to sleep deprivation in early March, as they transition from Standard Time to DST. One study found that the average person receives 40 minutes less sleep on the Monday after “springing forward” compared to other nights of the year. Researchers have also noted negative effects that occur during the transition from DST to Standard Time in November.
The Surprising Connection between COVID-19 and the Brain
As COVID-19 sweeps through populations of every country in the world, scientists are learning yet another unhappy fact about what this stealthy organism is leaving in its wake. Not only does the virus leave the body of many of its victims compromised, but it’s having serious, and long-term effects, on the brain and nervous systems of some people.
Sleep is a necessary process to refuel, recharge, and restore our bodies. As important as it is for adults, it’s even more critical for teens. Their bodies and brains are still developing, making shuteye crucial to ensure proper development.
As kids move from their childhood to their teenage years, they experience a shift in their biological clock.
Shot Down by a Therapist, Mom Keeps Mum about Son’s Neurofeedback
by Mike Cohen
I heard a story recently from Shauna Krzanowski. Her story was both disturbing and, sadly, not a surprise, because it was representative of the uphill battle neurofeedback has been engaged in for nearly five decades.
Shauna is an occupational therapist in Lake Worth, Florida, a former student of mine and a provider of neurofeedback.
NEUROFEEDBACK is one of the most powerful methods for reducing anxiety and panic attacks, and it can even help reduce or eliminate anxiety medication. With practice and reinforcement, you can train your brain to control how you respond to stress rather than try to avoid it or live with it. Download and share a PDF [...]
Can I Ever Get Off Medication for my Anxiety (or Depression)?
One of the most frequent questions I hear from people seeking help for anxiety or depression is: Can I ever get off my medication? Download and share a PDF version Some have tried stopping medications and struggled badly. Often they’re resigned to taking drugs, even though those drugs may not work very well or may [...]
Neurofeedback can break the pattern Download and share a PDF version Anti-depressants don’t always work well. Research suggests that half or more of people who try anti-depressants experience no benefit at all. For many others, medications reduce symptoms but don’t stop them. Anti- depressants can have unpleasant side effects. Side effects like reduced libido, weight [...]
New type of biofeedback helps prevent or dramatically reduce migraines without medication Migraine headaches can ruin your life. They can make it challenging to work and take care of everyday tasks. They rob you of even the simplest of life’s pleasures. Even with medications, you probably still have migraines. Here’s how three chronic migrainers changed their [...]
Managers Are Stressed, and That Can Lead to Addiction
by Eva Benoit Guest Blogger for Center for Brain
(Note: Neurofeedback is used around the country at drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers as well as in mental health care clinics to assist addicts/alcoholics in stabilizing their moods, diminishing cravings and making better decisions. See link to studies below.)
If you look at any mid- to high-level manager or executive’s schedule,
Heavy social media use may produce symptoms of ADHD in teens who have no previous ADHD symptoms.
That was the conclusion of a 24-month study published on July 17, 2018 in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) in which researchers followed 2,587 adolescent boys and girls aged 15 and 16 in Los Angeles schools.
Combining the right tools to help chronic body-mind issues Download and share a PDF version Healing physical and emotional issues can be quite complex. Sometimes there’s a medical fix, but often it’s a struggle to find answers. You search the internet. You talk to friends and family. You see a variety of doctors, maybe a therapist [...]
If you’re off track – what do you do? Can neurofeedback help? Download and share a PDF version Almost every day someone comes to me for help saying that they know something is wrong but can’t quite pinpoint the problem. My typical response: It sounds like your brain can’t quite get on track. Their typical [...]
How Brain Mapping Helps Target Anxiety, Depression and ADHD with Neurofeedback
New technology pinpoints where the brain isn’t functioning well Download and share a PDF version Fifty years ago when neurofeedback was in its infancy, brain mapping did not exist. Serious practitioners got pretty good at identifying what areas were playing a role in conditions such as ADHD, sleep, anxiety and learning challenges. However, when EEG [...]
Neurofeedback Helps Chronic Anxiety Without Medication Download and share a PDF version TAKE A MOMENT TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS: Do you feel fearful? Do feelings of fear “come out of nowhere”? Do you worry excessively? Do your worries result in physical discomfort such as sweating or irritability or difficuity making decisions? Do you have trouble [...]
Download and share a PDF version Feel like you’ve tried everything? Your doctor doesn’t know what else to do? Medication not a solution? A New Type of Biofeedback Can Break the Chronic Pain Cycle If you’re reading this, you’re probably desperately seeking a solution for chronic pain. You’ve likely sought help from several healthcare professionals, [...]