The idea that we can help the brain reshape it’s own activity to improve our health has always appealed to me. Neurofeedback is a non-invasive technique that encourages the brain to change itself. I particularly like neurofeedback because it allows me to integrate an evidence-based approach with a personalized approach to treatment. An individual’s own brain activity helps me determine the best neurofeedback approach to use.
Although not yet as mainstream as medication or cognitive behavioral therapy, neurofeedback can be effective for a variety of issues, including attention deficit, anxiety, depression, trauma, chronic pain, and internet or substance overuse. It works by training the brain to be more efficient and to regulate itself better. The brain is made up of a series of incredibly complex systems that all have to play well together. Improving the brain’s efficiency can lead to improvements in mood, cognitive skills, problem solving, even athletic performance.
The first clinical use of neurofeedback was for treatment resistant epilepsy. Neurofeedback training led to a life-changing reduction in seizures. Many years later, neurofeedback continues to prove itself as a non-invasive, easily tolerated treatment that can make real differences in people’s lives. The video describes the case of a young girl with a poorly controlled seizure disorder. I can say without hesitation that neurofeedback saved her life. I was fortunate enough to attend the case presentation. I am even more fortunate to know some of the individuals who helped return this young girl’s childhood to her and her family. They are without a doubt among the best people I’ve ever known.
Saul Rosenthal, PhD October 18th, 2018
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