How is neurofeedback being used clinically?
Neurofeedback does not target any disorder directly. However, by training the brain, it assists in improving many disorders by changing – exercising – timing and activation patterns of the brain.
Common symptoms of these disorders are reported as clinically responsive to neurofeedback:
There are thousands of ADD/ADHD neurofeedback success stories around the country. Experienced clinicians estimate that at a minimum, they have significant impact with 80 – 90% of these patients who complete between 30 – 40 sessions.
Training is highly effective for this problem. It helps train the area of the brain that calms and strengthens self-control.
Autism, PDD, and RAD are the fastest growing areas of neurofeedback. The calming effects of neurofeedback produce noticeable results quickly in these severely affected populations. It is often reported that it can improve the child’s ability to be more aware of its external environment.
Even for long-term non-responsive depressed cases, neurofeedback can be successful. It can also help reduce the need for medications.
The first changes clients typically observe after neurofeedback is sleep. Sleep can include improvement in insomnia, bruxism, poor sleep quality, difficulty waking, frequent waking, and nightmares. It is not uncommon to notice sleep changes within 2 – 3 sessions.
Reading, math and other problems improve with neurofeedback. More consistent improvements have been reported in dyslexia, reading and math deficits, and visual and auditory processing problems.
80% of clinicians report that the intensity and frequency of migraines are reduced with brain training.
Other disorders showing improvement with Neurofeedback include:
- Affect Regulation Disorders
- Attention Problems
- Conduct Disorders
- Mood Regulation
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Oppositional Behavior Disorders
- Panic Attacks
- Peak Performance
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder
- Restless Leg