There are a broad range of conditions, both mental and physical, that are improved with Neurofeedback treatment.
Specific Learning Difficulties
There are many specific difficulties, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia which create barriers to learning and to achieving your academic potential. Research suggests that how the brain processes sensory information, for example visual, auditory and proprioceptive information, is key to these difficulties. Neurofeedback, through improving brain functioning and regulation, can help you improve sensory integration, auditory processing, visual spatial skills and the processing of symbolic information. This supports the development of cognitive skills such as reading, writing and Mathematics.
Anxiety, Depression and PTSD
You may feel helpless and overwhelmed. Your thinking is dominated by negative thoughts and worries. Physically you may experience tension, pain and fatigue. Obsessive thoughts, compulsive or self-injurious behaviours may appear beyond your control. These are all symptoms of disregulation within the brain and nervous system. Medication attempts to alleviate these symptoms at a neurochemical level. Neurofeedback treats them at a neuroelectrical level. It is an approach that trains the brain to self-regulate and to maintain this improved regulation over time.
Migraine and Pain
Migraine, headaches and chronic pain are debilitating conditions that prevent you participating in the everyday activities of daily life. Medication can provide you with short-term relief but may have unpleasant side effects. Neurofeedback is a long term, side effect free treatment for the instabilities within the brain that cause conditions such as migraine, fibromyalgia, arthritis, sciatica and muscle tension.
If you have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), interacting with others can be challenging. You may find social expectations and reciprocal interaction confusing. It can be difficult to manage change and this can be anxiety provoking. You may be over or under responsive to sensory stimuli, have difficulty with sleep and bowel related problems. Difficulty in shifting attention, rigidity in thinking, interests and repetitive movements such as ‘flapping’ may also feature. These symptoms can be successfully treated with Neurofeedback. Already an established treatment for ADHD, Neurofeedback can successfully treat any of the problematic symptoms associated with ASD that you may experience.
Concentration and attention difficulties can create barriers in many areas of your life. They can result in behaviour difficulties, make learning and maintaining positive relationships more challenging. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a medical diagnosis and the symptoms can manifest in different ways but centre around difficulty with concentration, attention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. The most common treatment approach is stimulant medication. Whilst medication may reduce symptoms in the short term, it can also have side effects. Neurofeedback offers a drug free, safe and effective solution. Improving brain regulation, the ability of your brain to operate appropriately to the range of circumstances you experience in life is key. Neurofeedback is a powerful tool that enables the brain to improve self-regulation, and thus reduce the symptoms associated with ADHD. It is a safe, side effect free, long-term solution to the symptoms that may be stopping you from achieving your potential at school, at work, or in any aspect of your life.
Sleep is a basic human need. Sleep difficulties impact negatively on your mood and ability to function during the day. A lack of quality sleep can have a negative impact on your energy, emotional balance, and health. Whilst medication may offer a temporary solution, Neurofeedback can offer a permanent solution to many of the factors contributing to sleep problems. For example, it can offer physical and mental calming in preparation for sleep onset, help organisation of sleep states, reduce night terrors and restless leg syndrome. As well as the effect on the individual, sleep problems can affect the whole family and so ensuring better sleep can dramatically reduce stress and improve the well-being of every family member.