What is Neurofeedback?

When people have asked me the last couple of months where I am working now, I tell them San Diego Center for Neurofeedback. More often than not, they reply, "Oh. Is that for brain injury?" I can understand why, as our society is not used to thinking that electrodes placed on certain spots of the head can increase brain strength in areas that can also help "everyday brains" improve "normal functioning".

In my couple months here at San Diego Center for Neurofeedback, I have already witnessed amazing improvements in quality of life of our clients. Some of the specific areas of improvement I have seen include reduction of headaches, less negative thoughts, increase in motivation, and increase in self-control. These improvements have happened in children and adults.

Some of the other symptoms that neurofeedback can help with are:  Anxiety,  Depression, Attention (including ADHD), Sleep, Sensory and Cognitive Symptoms, Physical and Behavioral Symptoms, Immune, Endocrine and Autonomic Nervous System, Pain, Appetite and Eating Disorders, Attachment and Personality Disorders, Developmental Disorders, Brain Injury and Seizures, Peak Performance, and Medication Efficacy.

To learn more, please explore www.sandiego-nurofeedback.com or to schedule a consultation, please call 619.436.4263

Neurocounseling

Bradley University and their counseling department recently compiled studies on neurofeedback and neurocounseling. This is their infographic to show, at a glance, the results of research and studies.

Neurocounseling: Bridging the Gap between Brain and Behavior

Concussions in Children & Teens

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Concussions have been an ongoing problem with pro sports such as the NFL. With Superbowl 50 coming up, this is an ideal time to discuss concussions that occur with kids. For many years there has been more talk, tests, lawsuits, and more regarding concussions in the NFL and there's even a major motion picture called Concussion with Will Smith.

Unfortunately these occur more frequently than we would prefer. This PBS article from 2014 shows the number of concussions per position in the NFL. 

For the frequency of concussions and long-term damage caused by concussions, there are surprisingly limited treatments for this kind of brain injury. Treatments typically include pain relievers and medications to help with nausea, vertigo, and depression. Neurofeedback is the only brain rehabilitation that helps to stabilize and regulate brain functions for brain injuries, including TBI and mTBI. 

Concussions also occur in children and teens. Recent research suggests that children should not play contact sports until high school due to their significant increase in prolonged post-concussion symptoms in young athletes. Charles Barkley, former NBA player, also encourages parents not to let their children play football. While it may not be realistic to discontinue all childhood contact sports, it may be reasonable to obtain neurofeedback treatments for your child during his sport season. Siegfried Othmer reports this is risk management for childhood sports, just like obtaining insurance for health, auto, and life incidents. 

Neurofeedback is brain training and helps the brain to learn how to stabilize and regulate itself in order to function optimally. Concussion treatments are meant to decrease or manage symptoms, but neurofeedback treats the damage caused by the concussion. Siegfried Othmer, PhD explains how neurofeedback is the recommended treatment for concussions.

Contact us at San Diego Center for Neurofeedback, APPC with any questions about Neurofeedback or Neurofeedback treatments.