Anxiety, addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, learning and behavioral challenges are some of the more common reasons people seek neurofeedback, at least in my practice. Neurofeedback offers practitioners and patients the ability to better understand areas of the brain that might not be functioning optimally. Some reasons patients present with suboptimal brain functioning can be, but is not limited to, a past or recent head injury, drug abuse (pharmaceutical or recreational) and/or chronic disease.
Brains which exhibit areas of “low variability” refer to brain waves of specific frequencies that might be dominating or are entirely absent in certain areas. Such a brain may be working hard, but not efficiently. It is no surprise that neurofeedback has grown to be an extremely popular therapy among professionals who seek to optimize executive functioning. A ‘hard-at-work’ brain doesn’t result in healthy behaviors nor a healthy brain. These brains are experiencing what we refer to as “suppression” in one or more areas. Suppression of brain waves can result in fatigue, impulsive/explosive behavior, anxiety, and/or chronic pain among other symptoms.
Low Energy Neurofeedback (LENS) is the type of neurofeedback I offer at Shalva Clinic. This type of neurofeedback delivers a low energy magnetic signal to alter the brain waves of a patient while they remain still with their eyes closed. In other words, LENS seeks to lift the suppression and interrupt the abnormal brain wave patterns that are contributing to undesired symptoms.
The reason I offer LENS over other equally effective forms of neurofeedback is simple: LENS is quick requiring only those patients sit comfortably in a chair for about 3-4 minutes. With LENS, most of the 3 minutes, if that, involves the setup. The treatment itself varies, but can be as quick as 2 seconds! I find this to be a great fit for patients that have behavioral challenges because so little time is required—it is quick and effective!
Restorative sleep is a key pillar of health. For me, sleep comes before diet. I mean, IT IS WHEN OUR BODIES RECOVER! Insomnia happens to be a very common complaint from patients suffering with anxiety, addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, learning and behavioral challenges. LENS has proven to improve the quality of sleep due to increased uninterrupted sleep patterns. A combination of neurofeedback with a health plan that seeks to address potential gut compromise and nutritional deficiencies (see my other posts) offers patients and their families an opportunity to not only heal, but thrive.
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