Sifting through the unsubstantiated claims made by purveyors of some alternative treatments concerning ADD and ADHD can be difficult and leave many with a tendency to discount the possibleeffectiveness of potentially beneficial natural therapies. It is crucial to understand that, as with any treatment, all natural alternative treatments are not created equal. While there are those with unsubstantiated claims as to their effectiveness with ADD and ADHD, Neurofeedback therapy has been extensively studied and has scientific evidence to back up its use for both ADD and ADHD as well as other concerns.
While Neurofeedback's effectiveness is of primary importance to many, it is also important to understand that this type of therapy is safe for your children, even with small children. Neurofeedback therapy is a non-invasive treatment that does not alter the body in any way, nor does it have side effects such as that associated with pharmaceutical treatments. Also, it does not change the fundamental chemistry in the brain, nor does it have any effects such as mood swings or potential to produce a hormonal imbalance as that encountered with other medical therapies. Neurofeedback helps the brain develop mechanisms that that will produce the correct patterns of already existing brainwaves by using the triggers that the brain already uses. Therefore, Neurofeedback retrains the brain to use its already existing facilities in a more effective and efficient manner.
All Natural Alternative
As discussed in previous articles, the brain produces six nominal brain waves in various patterns. These brain waves are expressed in Hertz, Hz, also known as cycles per second. These brain waves are:
- Low Infra (Less Than .5Hz)
- Delta Waves (.5-3Hz)
- Theta Waves (3-8Hz)
- Alpha Waves (8-12Hz)
- Beta Waves (12-38Hz)
- Gamma Waves (38-42Hz)
Brainwaves are produced by synchronized electrical pulses from masses of brain neurons communicating with each other. Audio and visual stimuli are used to train the brain to produce the correct sequence and pattern of those that correspond with higher focus and attention. Since the brain is constant in using audio and visual stimuli and already produces brainwaves in response, neurofeedback only uses the existing methods that the brain is already utilizing, therefore neurofeedback can be considered an all natural therapy.
Neurofeedback therapy has been used to help treat various concerns since the 1070's and it has been studied extensively. It is used to help with ADD, ADHD, seizure disorders such as epilepsy, Anxiety/Panic disorders and it is being explored to help with PTSD. Neurofeedback can be repeated as often as necessary for your child, so this is not considered a limitation as to the effectiveness of the therapy in helping to reduce the symptoms associated with the concerns. It is a simple process to undertake, with no associated side effects such as that which can occur with standard pharmaceutical treatment options. Neurofeedback also goes along very well with other related treatments and can actually enhance the overall effectiveness. Your therapy provider can help you and your child find the right options for your circumstances.
For those with ADD or ADHD, sifting through the plethora of available misinformation concerning natural alternatives to standard treatment can be challenging. However, neurofeedback therapy is a proven treatment for ADD and ADHD. It is a non-invasive treatment regime that works with the existing mechanisms in the brain to produce results that can last.
If your child is struggling with the difficulties of ADD or ADHD, now is an excellent time to discuss your options with a treatment provider. Take steps today to get your child on the road to success!
Dr. David Chalfant | D.C
5931 Stoney Drive | Fort Wayne, IN 46825
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