Neurofeedback has Been Proven Effective by Research Studies
Neurofeedback is among the most exciting technological advances in medicine. Studies are emerging that confirm what practitioners have witnessed for years.
In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics underwent a rigorous review of all the available data on neurofeedback. The following policy statement was developed from this review process:
The American Academy of Pediatrics approved biofeedback and neurofeedback as a Level 1 or “best support” treatment option for children suffering from ADHD.
Research and clinical studies show many cognitive issues which are unresponsive to medication or psychotherapy often can be resolved within 20-40 Neurofeedback therapy sessions. Others require a greater number of sessions. Chronic, longstanding emotional and physical issues, including those complicated by substance abuse, can show marked improvement within 20 sessions.
Some Examples of Neurofeedback Research
(click above title to view the original study)
In 2009 one of the best clinical trials so far on the effectiveness of Neurofeedback on ADHD was published. In this trial, researchers studied 102 children with ADHD, age 8-12 years, for 36 sessions of Neurofeedback and compared it to 36 sessions of computerized attention skills training as a control. Researchers carefully rated progress using pre-training, intermediate, and post-training assessments completed by parents and teachers. In their findings, researchers found that Neurofeedback was more effective than the control group doing only attention skills training and thus established clinical efficacy for Neurofeedback that was statistically significant.
(click above title to view the original study)
In 2007 the Journal of Neurotherapy published a study demonstrating the effectiveness of Neurofeedback for Autism Spectrum Disorders. In this study, 37 patients were treated with 20 sessions of Neurofeedback Therapy. Compared with the control group, significant improvement was found in Autistics who received treatment. In fact, core ASD symptoms were reduced by 40%, with an 89% success rate!
“Research on autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) shows that neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) can remediate anomalies in brain activation, leading to symptom reduction and functional improvement. This evidence raises the hopes for a behavioral, psychophysiological intervention moderating the severity of ASD.”
More Research on Neurofeedback
Many disorders have been shown to be successfully helped with Neurofeedback. For extensive discussions, case studies, clinical studies, and research information go to:
Neurofeedback has been around for decades. To date, there are thousands of studies, with more being published every day. Visit our research page for a list of studies, and information you can use to do a more extensive reading if you desire.
Does Neurofeedback Have Side Effects?
Neurofeedback has few side effects when administered properly. The most common side effects of neurofeedback include improved sleep, more awareness of dreams, feeling calmer, feeling more energy, and feeling more focused. Training with neurofeedback can occasionally result in an adverse response that temporarily increases symptoms that are typically associated with relaxation and calming of the central nervous system such as fatigue, headache, lightheadedness, dizziness, irritability, moodiness, weeping, insomnia, agitation, difficulties with focus and anxiety. These potential reactions that may occur during or right after a neurofeedback session are temporary and typically only last for 24 to 48 hours. Once clients become more relaxed and aware, they tend to integrate past emotional issues and these symptoms subside. It is also possible that you might fall asleep during or after neurofeedback sessions.
Learn More or Get Started with Care
Are you ready to find out if neurofeedback at Michigan Brain Health may help you feel better? If so, we are excited to let you know we offer a free initial evaluation for everyone. No strings attached. No obligations. It takes about 30 minutes. So, if you’re ready to check it out, call my office at 586.488.4818. I’d love the chance to help you improve your sense of well-being.Schedule a Free Evaluation
Want to learn more about neurofeedback? Check out my Introduction to Neurofeedback video
Schedule a Free Evaluation or call (586) 488-4818 and see for yourself how beneficial the Michigan Brain Health neurofeedback program can be for your health challenges.
Always remember one of my mantras, “The more you know about how your body works, the better you can take care of yourself.”
For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look at the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body’s Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets. If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the bottom of this post, and please share with those you know who are still suffering from chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical management. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!
ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC, BCN – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS