Therapy Options: How to Use Neurofeedback for ADHD Treatment

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Therapy options how to use neurofeedback for adhd treatment

You’ve dealt with focus and poor time management issues for years, and now you know why, thanks to your doctor’s diagnosis. You have ADHD, and you’re not alone, either. Research shows that nearly 3% of adults have ADHD. In addition, more than 9% of children in America have received an ADHD diagnosis. Did you know neurofeedback can help ADHD?

ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, can be a difficult diagnosis to live with. Fortunately, it is treatable with the help of neurofeedback. Here’s a rundown of the benefits of using neurofeedback for ADHD treatments.

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What Is Neurofeedback for ADHD Treatment?

Neurofeedback treatment is an ADHD intervention using an EEG, or an electroencephalogram, to measure your brain’s electrical activity. This will assist you in learning how to monitor this activity. Then, you can master how to regulate it.

Your body and brain are connected. As a result, when you alter your behavior, your brain changes.

With ADHD, you may struggle to avoid distractions, as concentration may be challenging. Other ADHD symptoms you may struggle with include anxiety, fatigue, and forgetfulness.

However, neurofeedback for ADHD can help you train your brain to be more attentive and focused.

Why Neurofeedback Works

Your brain is adaptable — a quality called neuroplasticity. Every day, you naturally learn new information. This leads to the creation of fresh neural pathways in your brain.

When you retrain your brain with the help of neurofeedback, your brain learns self-regulation. As a result, it can overcome behavioral conditions such as ADHD.

Neurofeedback Treatment Process

During your initial neurofeedback session, your therapist will record your treatment history and current ADHD symptoms. Then, they will put a unique cap on you. This headgear will feature electrodes that will measure the brain’s activity. These electrodes aren’t painful.

Next, your therapist will direct you to engage in a cognitive activity, like reading. Your brain’s results will show up on the therapist’s screen. At this point, the therapist can analyze the brain’s wave patterns.

In subsequent sessions, you’ll put the same cap on again, and your therapist will direct you to do simple and complex tasks.

You may have to listen to a particular tone for a simple task. Meanwhile, for a complex task, you may play a neurofeedback therapy–related video game.

During these tasks, the therapist’s EEG will perform measurements of your brain waves’ various frequencies. Then, they’ll record the activity they see.

Let’s say you begin to lose focus while playing your video game. The gaming system will slow down and stop. It will then restart only when the area of the brain responsible for focusing is exercised.

The therapy will show you how to increase your attention levels, which will help you to adjust your behavior. The result should be a reduction of your ADHD symptoms.

Neurofeedback Side Effects

Neurofeedback can have a few side effects. These include the following:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Tics
  • Emotional symptoms (e.g., feeling angry or upset)
  • Muscle twitches
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

You may also experience confusion or brain fog after a neurofeedback session.

Benefits of Neurofeedback Treatments

One of the top benefits of neurofeedback therapy is that it is safe. Neurofeedback is strictly administered AFTER a full assessment. In this way, the therapist can ensure that the neurofeedback therapy program you’re undergoing will benefit you the most.

Neurofeedback therapy is also a natural process. After all, it depends on a natural and gradual mental learning process, like learning a new sport or musical instrument. Once your brain learns the new activity, it can sustain the positive impacts of this.

Put another way; neurofeedback therapy is a lot like physical therapy but for your brain.

Additional Benefits of Neurofeedback for ADHD

Neurofeedback can additionally improve your sleep. This is important given that people with mental health challenges, like ADHD, especially need restful sleep each night.

When you use neurofeedback to train your brain, your brain learns to be less overactive. As a result, you should find it easier to go to sleep. Staying asleep all night long should be simpler, too.

The fact that neurofeedback doesn’t come with significant, long-term side effects is another bonus of this treatment approach.

You may feel tired after your neurofeedback sessions, but these side effects will go away relatively quickly. The opposite is true for ADHD medications.

With neurofeedback, you don’t have to worry about exacerbating your sleep problems. In addition, you won’t have to deal with agitation, nausea, or stomach pains with neurofeedback.

Neurofeedback is also a scientifically proven approach, so you can be confident that it will get you the desired results.

A reputable therapist will tailor your neurofeedback therapy sessions to your unique brain activity. They will apply only those protocols that have been tested rigorously in science. In addition, they will use only those technologies that the latest research supports.

Finally, neurofeedback is an efficient way to train your brain. After several sessions, you can enjoy the benefits of a renewed brain for a lifetime. 

How We Can Help

Neurofeedback for ADHD is designed to help you to train the brain to shut down your ADHD symptoms. As a result, you can finally overcome the challenges of ADHD without relying on prescription medication, which can have unwanted side effects.

At Dody Chiropractic Center for Wholeness, we are well-equipped to restore your brain’s balance through neurofeedback. With our help, you can improve your ability to concentrate and minimize your impulsiveness and restlessness.

Get in touch with us to learn more about our neurofeedback treatment, and schedule a consultation today!

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