Neurofeedback is an exciting new process for dealing with debilitating neurological symptoms. Non-invasive and drug-free, Neurofeedback has been shown to be incredibly powerful when done right with a licensed practitioner.
There are many case studies of people who have changed their lives for the better using neurofeedback. Research has shown people of all ages see dramatic improvement in ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Brain Injury, Migraines, Seizures, Chronic Pain, Addiction and more. Results like these have become too common to ignore.
Neurofeedback has been proven to change the brain – to change timing in the brain. It’s published in scientific literature. It’s used by thousands of licensed health professionals around the world. It could be the most important new tool available for mental and neurological health.
How Does Neurofeedback Work?
Neurofeedback is a non-invasive process where brain waves are monitored in real time by a computer, which can then use that information to produce changes in brainwave activity. The computer monitors your brainwaves while you watch a movie or listen to music.
Irregular brain wave patterns trigger an audio or visual cue that alerts the patient that they are outside normal ranges. These cues are received by the brain, which subconsciously adjusts itself back to a normal pattern to resume the movie or music.
With enough repetition of this process, the brain eventually learns to stay in the normal ranges on its own without the computer. With the brain functioning normally on its own, symptoms of irregular brain activity will decline.
It has been well documented that people who suffer neurological problems have abnormal brain waves in certain areas of the brain. For instance, case studies using QEEG “brain maps” have shown that people with Attention-Deficit-Disorder (ADD) have elevated delta brainwaves, while those who suffer from depression have elevated alpha brainwaves.
Those with anxiety will have elevated Beta brainwaves, while those suffering from memory loss usually have decreased theta brainwaves.
The best part of neurofeedback is that results are often permanent, allowing a person to reduce or even eliminate medications altogether. Where medications only manage the symptoms, the goal of neurofeedback is to address the underlying cause and restore normal brainwave functions.
The Neurofeedback Process
Neurofeedback utilizes a non-invasive technique for monitoring brain activity. Small electrodes are attached to the head while our Neurointegration software records the brain waves and displays the data in real time.
During this time the patient is watching a movie or listening to music. The software compares the incoming brainwaves to that of an optimal brainwave in the target range. If the brainwaves deviate from normal ranges, it triggers the audio or video to fade. The brain automatically detects this and refocuses itself back into the proper range.
This process is repeated hundreds of times per session. Sessions usually last 30 minutes.
The Brain Is A Learning Machine
Through operant conditioning, the brain is rewarded when the audio or video returns to normal. Eventually the brain learns to stay in the healthy ranges without the reward stimulus, and is able to sustain normal activity independent of the computer. This is achieved by reconnecting functional pathways in the brain.
Neurofeedback does not target any particular disorder. Its purpose is to change timing and activation patterns in the brain. This improves brain regulation, which can impact a variety of symptoms.
Different symptoms will require triggering different areas of the brain. The software is designed to target specific areas of the brain according to a patient’s symptoms.
How Many Sessions Are Needed?
There is no magic number. Just as every person is unique, the number of sessions will vary according to each person. Noticeable results typically occur between the first and tenth session.
In general 20 – 40 sessions are needed for the results to become permanent. Symptoms in some patients will resolve in a shorter time. Some require more training, some less.
The goal is to complete enough sessions to ensure consistent and lasting benefits. A brain map can be generated at any time between sessions, so that you can visually see the progress your brain is making.
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I am so thankful for the quality of care and positive results from my Neurofeedback Therapy at Red Tail Wellness. An auto accident last year gave me a bump on the head with terrible effects: confusion, vertigo, migraines, insomnia, memory and concentration issues. After a few short months of treatments my mental condition improved by leaps and bounds. I feel sharp and focused, am able to get my work done easily and multi-task effectively, and am sleeping better than ever. The Therapies were easy, fast, and comfortable. The staff was very knowledgeable and compassionate. My whole family benefits from the chiropractic treatments and Functional Medicine that Dr. Ian provides. I highly recommend Red Tail Wellness!
I am grateful to have experienced Neurofeedback at The Clear Mind Center. Dr. Ian has so many incredible tools and this one is amazing. It is super enjoyable to receive and Peter is very professional and personable. I have noticed being able to have much deeper and longer sleep, improvement in my outlook and mood – while going through challenging life circumstances along with much more mental clarity. I was struggling with insomnia, feelings of depression and mental fogginess. This has been so wonderful to have these results happening and am continuing to go through the treatment process.
When I first went to Neurofeedback I was having a terrible time sleeping through the night as well as having difficulty focusing on any particular task for any considerable amount of time. I went through 60 sessions of Neurofeedback in conjunction with working with Dr. Ian on diet and supplements and I now have no issues with sleeping a deep, restorative sleep most nights and I can complete tasks with motivation and amazing mental clarity. The process itself is so relaxing; you literally just sit in front of a movie. It’s a wonderful, luxurious time spent for someone like me who works full time and has 2 young kids to just get to watch a non-cartoon movie. But then to get the added benefits of the neurofeedback it makes it so worth it. I have no regrets whatsoever having done this and I recommend it highly.
Where do I start? I initially met Dr. Ian with concerns about some thyroid issues. During my initial consultation, he asked about my sleeping habits. Oh my, I was having trouble sleeping, waking from 2am-5am nightly. Unable to shut my mind off and never getting enough sleep. I felt exhausted throughout my day. I thought that was normal. He introduced me to Neurofeedback. Wow, (after a few short months) now I sleep like a baby, all through the night. I sleep longer and deeper, and love the dreams I have. I wake up feeling rested and ready to tackle my day. My mind is clearer, very little brain fog or scatter thoughts. Both Dr. Ian and Peter are amazing. They made me feel very comfortable and hopeful about my health and well being situation. Dr. Ian was the first health care professional to look at the big picture of what was going on with my health since it is all interconnected. Both Dr. Ian and Peter are compassionate and professional. Dr. Ian is very passionate and knowledgeable about the health care work he does. I highly recommend Dr. Ian and Clear Mind Center of Boulder.
When I decided to try neuro-feedback therapy, I was at the end of my rope. I have suffered from depression-like symptoms off and on throughout my adulthood. I had even tried some anti-depressants prescribed by my family doctor. But I was not happy with the results and worried about the side effects.
Yet I had to do something. I was not sleeping well, had no energy, felt overwhelmed and did not really care if I was alive or dead. I was also struggling with short-term memory loss and had begun to worry about my performance at work.
When I had my first brain map done, I was surprised that the results reflected my personality so thoroughly. The map showed that the front areas of my brain where on over-drive. This area was hyper-active, never relaxing and over-emotional. No wonder I was not sleeping. My brain never turned off. This explained my tendency to over-react to situations and feel overwhelmed when confronted with setbacks in my life. The back areas of my brain, however, were depressed. These are the memory areas.
The first benefit I have experienced with neuro-feedback is the feeling of being in control again. I made the decision to do something about feeling bad and the action I take each time I have a session reinforces my belief that I can feel better. I no longer feel hopeless. It is important to me to see that what I am feeling has a cause. The brain map proved that the symptoms I have are not imaginary. It has been a relief to finally talk to someone about my problems. The staff at Redtail Wellness Center has been very supportive.
The second benefit I experienced right away is that I started to sleep better. That has made a huge difference in my tendency to over-react to situations. I am no longer as fuzzy-brained or over-emotional.
I am currently working on the over-reactive areas of my brain at Redtail Wellness Center. Soon, we will focus more on the depressed areas. I am making progress as is shown by subsequent brain maps. I would highly recommend this procedure to anyone suffering from similar symptoms as mine. It is an easy and enjoyable procedure that takes some commitment but is worth it.
During my first visit with Dr Ian Hollaman, I was welcomed and taken care of with compassion and respect. I came to see Dr Hollaman to better my health in all aspects. I was drawn to Dr Hollaman specifically because he practices applied kinesiology. In the past I had seen a chiropractor practicing applied kinesiology and experienced long lasting results rather than the immediate relief I experienced from conventional chiropractors. Which is exactly what I experience with Dr. Ian. I had recently got sober from drugs and alcohol 6 months prior to my first visit, and was looking to heal my body and mind, and take my health to the next level. I expressed to Dr Hollaman my situation and he was totally understanding and supportive of my process. After bringing my situation to his awareness, he suggested I do Neurofeedback. I was suffering from anxiety, difficulty focusing, depression, cravings, and poor sleep. After around 7-10 sessions of Neurofeedback I noticed a huge difference in my mental wellbeing. I was able to focus better, register clearer thoughts, my mood was uplifted, cravings have nearly vanished and I was able to sleep through the night. The process of neurofeedback was actually quite pleasant because all I had to do was sit there, relax and enjoy a movie of my choosing. I am now over a year sober and could not have done it without Dr. Hollaman. I highly recommend Red Tail Wellness. The service Dr Ian Hollaman and his staff provide is top quality. His adjustments, diet recommendations, and supplements have totally changed the way my body feels. Neurofeedback has helped me a great deal and changed my brain chemistry for the better. It would be tough for me to see another chiropractor.
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