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Neurotherapy for Epilepsy, Pain, Parkinson’s and More… | October 16, 2016

This breakthrough news comes from Bottom Line Health…

“People with Epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or addictions may be able to learn how to ‘think themselves better’ by altering their brain waves to improve their symptoms.

A new form of treatment called neurotherapy (also known as neurofeedback) is similar to biofeedback but has a unique focus on controlling brain wave activity rather than skin temperature, heart rate, breathing and muscle tension.

Neurotherapy now is used with a wide scope of health issues, including not only those listed above but also autism, chronic pain, post traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety…

High-Tech Mind-Body Medicine

According to research, many neurological problems involve disordered brain waves. Neurofeedback helps patients learn to set them right.

The brain produces brain waves at varying electrical frequencies measured in hertz (cycles per second).

Delta — 1 to 3 Hz and the slowest of all, is mostly seen during sleep.

Theta — 4 to 7 Hz, a state of deep relaxation that can bring bursts of creative insight. It occurs during daydreaming and advanced meditation.

Alpha — 8 to 13 Hz, a pleasurable, relaxed state associated with being calm and lucid. it occurs in some forms of meditation and sometimes with dream sleep.

Beta — 14 to 30 Hz, is the frequency produced during normal waking activities, when you are processing information for daily living, problem solving, etc.

High Beta — any Beta over 21 Hz, these waves show that the brain is in its racing mode associated with anxiety and tension.

Many patients with neurological problems tend toward either under or over arousal of the brain. Neurofeedback teaches methods to gain control by using video display (like a video game) images that correspond to different brain waves.

Working with the therapist, people can learn ways to produce faster or slower waves. Even children can do this.

Mind Control?

People with ADD or depression, or who suffer from mental fog and lethargic thinking in general, benefit from learning how to speed up their brain waves — those who need to slow them down to calm over-arousal include people with compulsions, autism, post traumatic stress disorder, chronic-pain disorders, epilepsy and insomnia. Parkinson’s disease patients can benefit from slower brain waves that relax their nervous systems and contribute to better motor functioning.

Neurofeedback technology is continuing to evolve.

Where there used to be just a few approaches, therapists now have many well-researched training protocols to work with, and their techniques become more customized as the science and training are refined.

For instance, placement of electrodes varies depending on the issue being addressed — for people with ADD, electrodes are placed directly on the scalp, above the frontal cortex, which controls the function of paying attention.

Practical Advice

The goal of neurotherapy is to recognize how it feels to operate in the desired brain wave activity range and to then learn how to get there at will.

Effective training typically takes 10 or more sessions, depending on the problem. Prices vary by area and may range from $50 to more than $100/session. Some health insurance plans cover neurofeedback for some conditions, but usually only after you get a diagnosis and prescription from your doctor.

Neurotherapy can be a powerful technique, but only when it’s performed by a Biofeedback Certified Professional (BCP) who is well-trained specifically in this technique — especially in light of the fact that many who call themselves qualified have completed just a weekend training program. (I don’t need to tell you, there are a lot of quacks out there!)

Look for a practitioner who is certified by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America:http://www.bcia.org/ This means that, among other credentials, the practitioner has had 25 hours of practice mentored by a BCIA-approved practitioner and 100 patient/client sessions reviewed and approved by BCIA.

Neurofeedback can benefit healthy people, too.  For example, it’s excellent for performance enhancement, which includes training athletes, business professionals and even members of the military.

Certainly this is a therapy worth looking into — it’s noninvasive and drug-free, not terribly expensive, and may help with many conditions.”

Sources:

Celeste De Bease, PhD, medical psychologist and bioneurofeedback therapist, based in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

Bottom Line Daily Health News


10 Comments »

  1. since I know when there coming, do you think that would be right for me. today I,m 51.

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    Comment by michele metzger — October 16, 2016 @ 3:37 PM

  2. On the Coping With Epilepsy site there are several accounts of neurofeedback being used successfully for epilepsy. The founder of that site, Bernard, takes a special interest in this technology because it was a great help to his wife Stacy who has had refractive epilepsy for years. The pills didn’t help but the neurofeedback did.
    My little island in the Pacific has exactly one neurofeedback practitioner and he is willing to treat me but was honest in telling me that he has never treated a case of epilepsy before. He mostly see’s things like kids with ADHD and depression, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders. I’m still considering getting the treatments. What do I have to lose?

    He says he has successfully treated several cases of sleep apnea including his own. This is interesting to me as I suspect that sleep apnea may be a contributing factor in my nocturnal seizures.

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    Comment by paleobird — October 16, 2016 @ 6:42 PM

  3. It sounds like it might be worth a try. As you say, you have nothing to lose. It actually could be beneficial.

    And you could at least get some relief from your sleep apnea, if that’s a cause.

    One honest guy is better than two dishonest guys.

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — October 17, 2016 @ 8:24 AM

  4. What seems to be missing in this report, ”unless I did not see it”,, was the facts of how and how many AED’s ‘ ASD’s for controlling seizure conditions, have made the human brain to be in a controlled state or condition, that all therapies seems to get done for somebody. No person can not live forever with a normal life, where all these drugs continues to do their damages to either a normal brain, or a brain with some abnormal activity. Nobody talks about the 2 SYSTEMS the brain has to react or respond to life & etc.. which I get tired of ”reacting to other who make my future,, so I respond to those who influences to brainwash all I and others should or must try or do, all in the name of money. These drugs makes all brain activity worse in thinking areas & etc. where brain activity & etc stays ABNORMAL even when we feel GREAT !!!!.. So,, Why is it that ALL drug companies are never made to make drugs better for us, plus ACCOUNTABLE & RESPONSIBLE for the condition/s of human brains, so that ”neurotherapy” & other tests like it would not be any financial hardship that leads to $TRE$$ & maybe seizures too, that nobody should have to consider they need to have done for them ? Maybe the neurotherapy will reduce the condition for a short time they are living with their condition ? When all is said & done, more money is wasted & the drugs & neurologists still rules your life. Neurologists & drugs always win & dictates a persons future. More amazing is how, medical conditions related to anything that is not connected directly to brain activity has different rules in HOW they live with medical results, compared to the many worthless test we must have in most cases, where the brain results are the same, or worse, while others with cancers, heart conditions & etc…. can mostly live their life in ways & areas we can not. It comes to the fact that neurologists uses our conditions as their own job security, which I am no ATM machine for any doctor who believes I deserve no life, except to make & help them live a better life, while PREDICTING our lives & future, when they have little to no power to heal or cure anything. That’s why God is on the top of my list to ask more about my health than anyone. Having that PEACE & TRUSTING in God works better than any faith in doctors, as they never care for your future life, except having them to see you in ”their future office visit for 20 minutes”. Same old same old, & you still have no future, being seizure free or whatever free. Meanwhile FDA, CDC, ANA, & NIH has made their ways of treating and maybe curing a few brain conditions,, ”all a money making scam” to the reality that we are controlled by them, with no power or freedoms to choose for ourselves how we want to live a life no matter how normal or abnormal our brains are, thanks to them from approving drugs that never work to stop what we are suffering daily from. But yet ”WE with brain conditions” are the ones being labeled & have stigmas. Right,,, Justify that.

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    Comment by C D — October 17, 2016 @ 9:09 AM

  5. So you’re saying “those with the biggest bucks win”.

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — October 17, 2016 @ 11:51 AM

  6. Hi . I just woke up from a disoriented dream. In the dream, just before I woke, I was struggling to speak to my father and blurted out ‘ prodromal awareness’ then woke up in a n anxious, disoriented panic. So I googled and found your site, among others.
    I now have a possible direction to take in consideration of epileptic seizure activity as a possible diagnosis…
    I also get left side migraines, with auras (sometimes). Have had them for years. Also have a young adult son on the autism spectrum/pdd /nos dx. I believe he has some type of seizure activity going on and he is going through testing currently.
    With the information in this post, could you give me some feedback?
    Thanks for your interest.

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    Comment by Juliette — October 22, 2016 @ 3:55 AM

  7. I can’t answer for your son, but I do know that migraines are closely related to seizures.

    Read this article and see if it rings true:

    Epilepsy & Migraines — Kissing Cousins

    https://epilepsytalk.com/2010/09/12/epilepsy-migraines-kissing-cousins/

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — October 22, 2016 @ 10:28 AM

  8. Parkinson disease has been ongoing in my family for long..I lost both parents to Parkinson and it is so much pain have not been able to get over. As we all know medically,there is no solution or cure for Parkinson disease and the cost for Medication is very expensive..Someone introduced me to a herbal Clinic(Native Medical Practitioner)in S.A.. i have spent thousands of dollars on medication..I said i will like to try them cos someone introduced me to them..they asked me sorts of questions and i answered back correctly..To cut the story short,they gave me some medicinal herbs and instructed me on how to apply theml..At first i was skeptical but i just gave it a try..I was on this herbal Medication for 4 weeks and i used the herbs according to the prescription..i decided to visit my doctor for another test..Honestly speaking, i never believe all he was saying until after the test when my doctor mention the statement that am Parkinson disease negative and my doctor was shocked as well….If you are out there suffering from this deadly disease you can also contact them via email: Healthherbalclinic(AT)gmail(DOT)com or website on www(DOT)Healthherbalclinic(DOT)weebly(DOT)com

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    Comment by Mary Bobcat — December 7, 2016 @ 3:32 PM

  9. Wow Mary! What an incredible and uplifting story.

    Thanks for sharing it and the links. I’m sure they’ll prove valuable for someone.

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — December 7, 2016 @ 4:20 PM


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