NeuroIntegration

NeuroIntegration Therapy

Brain disorders can be debilitating. Those who suffer from depression, anxiety, migraines and other neurological disorders often suffer alone. Unlike other health issues, neurological disorders can be difficult to diagnose, and even more difficult to understand. If you’re tired of being prescribed heavy medications, NeuroIntegration therapy may be right for you.

 

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cm_slide_15If you are suffering from a neurological disorder you can seek medical assistance without having to take prescription medications. Unlike conventional medicine, integrative medicine looks beyond surgical procedures and prescriptions to incorporating alternative and complimentary therapies when addressing health issues.

Uses

Brain disorders like anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD/OCD, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, head injuries, migraines and memory loss are caused by irregularities which studies show NeuroIntegration can improve.

Benefits of this type of therapy include improved:

  • Concentration
  • Speech
  • Motor skills
  • Sleep
  • Energy levels
  • Emotional balance

Treatment Schedule

Re-training the brain is a process that takes time. Patients may be required to make regular visits to the medical facility for a series of sessions typically one to three times per week. Generally doctors will suggest patients participate in anywhere from 20 to 40 sessions. Each session lasts 30 minutes.  Each case is different. Frequency is dependent upon the patient and disorder. Some patients see benefits immediately, while others require more sessions to stabilize brainwave activity.

History

Neurofeedback was first discovered in 1924 by German psychiatrist Hans Berger. He went on to publish 14 reports about his studies of EEGs between the years of 1929 and 1938. In the late sixties and early seventies, Barbara Brown wrote several books on biofeedback bringing much more mainstream attention to the subject. Biofeedback has been used as a non-invasive treatment for children with ADHD since the 1970s.

Method

cm_slide_13The integrative or “complimentary” approach to addressing neurological disorders is to re-train abnormal brain waves. Sensors are placed on the patient’s head to record brain function. Photic stimulation is used to guide your brainwaves into a correct patter, while music and visuals reward the brain for changing its activity to the appropriate pattern.

In many cases patient’s brains operate at sub-optimal levels, either too fast or
too slow. These patterns can lead to habitual types of behaviors, affecting our perceptions. Fortunately, our brains are always capable of learning, regardless of age. NeuroIntegration therapy addresses brain irregularities by training the brain to self-regulate, which is a necessary part of proper brain function.

While the body has trouble processing information coming from inside itself; if you monitor, amplify and feed information back to the brain, your brain can change it.

Brain disorders like anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD/OCD, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, head injuries, migraines and memory loss are caused by irregularities which studies show NeuroIntegration can improve.

What to Expect

Patients often report feeling more relaxed and focused after sessions. It is okay to return to normal activity after treatment. The number of sessions required depends on the type of problem, the age of the patient, and other health factors.

During treatment the patient relaxes in a sitting position while wearing a pair of specialized photic light glasses. These glasses use light emissions to stimulate your brain and improve the effects of neurofeedback. For 30 minutes the patient will watch  movie or listen to music. Results are often permanent.

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Risks & Side Effects

There are minimal side effects experienced from neurofeedback therapy. Unlike pharmaceutical approaches to psychological disorders that introduce chemicals into the body to correct imbalances, neurofeedback simply teaches the brain to regulate itself.

Some patients experience temporary worsening of symptoms like feeling anxious, easily distracted or feeling tired. These symptoms often go away on their own over time or can be corrected by shifting the brain wave target range. It’s important to inform your doctor of any symptoms that may occur post treatment.

References

Monastra, V., Lynn, S., Linden, M., Lubar, J., Gruzelier, J. & La Vaque, T. Electroencephalographic Biofeedback in the Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Available from:http://www.clearmindcenter.com/Research/ADD_ADHD/BioFeedback_adhd.pdf

Hammond, D. Neurofeedback with anxiety and affective disorders. [cited in 2005] Available from:  http://www.clearmindcenter.com/Research/Anxiety/Anxiety_Hammond_2005.pdf

Quintessentialhealth.net: “NeuroIntegration Therapy”

Chronicconditionsco.com: “NeurtoIntegration Therapy”