Weeding through the unsubstantiated claims made by purveyors of some alternative treatments concerning ADD and ADHD can be a challenge and leave many with a tendency to discount the possible effectiveness of some potentially beneficial natural therapies. It is, therefore, imperative to remember 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 use, 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. Furthermore, it does not change the fundamental chemistry in the brain nor does it have any effects such as mood swings or the potential to generate a hormonal imbalance as that encountered with other medical therapies. Neurofeedback helps the brain develop the mechanisms that will produce the correct patterns of already existing brainwaves by using the triggers that brain already utilizes. Thereby retraining the brain to use its already existing facilities in a more effective and efficient manner.
All Natural Alternative
The brain produces six nominal brain waves in various patterns. Brainwaves are expressed in cycles per second, also known a Hertz and abbreviated a Hz) The six 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. Neurofeedback uses audio and visual stimuli to train the brain to produce the correct sequence and pattern of those that correspond with higher focus and attention. Since the brain continually uses audio and visual stimuli and already produces brainwaves in response, Neurofeedback only uses the existing methods that the brain is already utilizing, thus is can truly be considered an all natural therapy. You can learn more about brainwaves by clicking here.
Backed By Sound Science
Neurofeedback therapy has been in use to help treat various concerns since the mid-1970's and it has been studied extensively. This type of therapy can help with ADD, ADHD, Seizure disorders such as Epilepsy, Anxiety/Panic disorders and it is being explored as a means of helping with PTSD. It has shown effectiveness across all age groups with younger groups showing the longest improvement times. Furthermore, it can be repeated as often as necessary, so this is not considered a limitation as to the effectiveness of the therapy in helping to reduce the symptoms associated with the various concerns. It is a simple process to undertake, and there are no associated side effects that can cause difficulties such as that which can occur with standard pharmaceutical treatment options. Also, other related treatments can enhance the overall effectiveness of Neurofeedback, and your therapy provider can help you find the right option for your circumstances.
For those who have ADD or ADHD, navigating 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 as well as other concerns. It is a non-invasive treatment regime that works with the existing mechanisms in the brain to produce results that not only provide quick results but results that can last. If you or someone who know struggle with the difficulties of ADD or ADHD, now is an excellent time to discuss your options with a Neurofeedback Therapy provider so they or you can get on the road to a better quality of life.
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