Study Confirms Neurofeedback Effective for Autism, Asperger’s

At Team Health Care Clinic in Champlin, one of our most effective therapies to help those with autism and Asperger’s syndrome is neurofeedback. For this reason we were interested in a recent study using neurofeedback to identify the brainwave pattern unique to those in the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) group.

Autism related to brain imbalanceAutism spectrum disorder is a group of neurological dysfunctions ranging from hyperactivity to Asperger’s syndrome, resulting in brain imbalances that lead to challenges in thinking, talking, recognizing and expressing emotion, and social interactions.

Autism spectrum disorder and brainwave patterns

Science Daily published a study showing those with autism and Asperger’s syndrome have poorer connections in the brain. The study used neurofeedback to identify brainwave patterns unique to those with autism spectrum disorder, then showed the effectiveness of using neurofeedback training to improve connections in the brain.

The researchers reported: “The team used a quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG), which measures electrical activity through 19 electrodes resting on the head during specific tasks. It allows them to see brainwaves that move at different frequencies, creating a brain map showing more or less activity in different regions of the brain.”

A QEEG compares the patient’s brainwaves to a normal control group’s brainwaves. This is the technology our providers at Team Health Care Clinic use.

Autism non drug treatments

The researchers also looked at the success of individuals with ASD using neurofeedback training to improve brain connections. They found that “neurofeedback training based on a QEEG-guided protocol was more effective than neurofeedback based on symptoms.”

If you know someone who has any of these conditions that fall in the autism spectrum disorder group, please tell them about this exciting technology. Want to learn more? Schedule a free consultation in our clinic.

 

 

Jay Bertsch, DC

Jay Bertsch, DC

How Leaky Gut Affects Your Weight

At Team Health Care Clinic, we work with many people who are experiencing digestive symptoms. Leaky gut is
one of the most common problems, causing a number of health issues including weight gain and obesity.

So, just what is leaky gut?

Normally, the cells that line the intestinal tract are held together in tight junctions by linking
proteins. When these proteins break down, the junctions loosen and allow elements to enter the bloodstream that
should remain in the gut. This would include various bacteria, viruses and improperly digested food. This will cause
inflammation and put increased stress on the immune system. A recent study from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart,
Germany shows that increased gut permeability or ‘leaky gut’ is related to weight gain, obesity and fatty liver. This study
concluded that improved diet and weight loss will improve leaky gut as well as fatty liver.

Besides fatty liver, other conditions have been linked with leaky gut:

Nutritional supplements are often incorporated into the treatment of leaky gut.

Nutritional supplements are often incorporated into the treatment of leaky gut.

● Multiple Sclerosis
● Rheumatoid Arthritis
Thyroid Disease
● Colitis
● Lupus
● Eczema
● Inability to Lose Weight
● Anxiety and depression

One of the main causes for leaky gut is an upset of the
microbiome, the beneficial bacteria that live in the digestive
tract. This upset can have many sources such as:

● stress
● poor diet with too many sugars and starches and not enough fiber
● antibiotics
● pain medications including over the counter pain relievers
● lack of exercise
● insomnia
● overgrowth of Candida
● hypersensitivity to various foods, especially gluten

Leaky gut can be identified through a blood test. It can also be treated, mostly by eating better and losing weight.
Additionally, it can be helped by utilizing nutritional supplement support like probiotics, glutamine and other nutrients.
If you are experiencing any of the above conditions your should consider having your gut evaluated take the necessary steps to stop the leak.

Tim Bertsch, DC, DABCI

 

Vertigo, Dizziness, Loss of Balance | Causes and Treatment Options

Dizziness and balance problems are serious issues that can affect many aspects of life including your ability to work, participate in activities and even your independence.

By addressing specific areas of the brain to “reactivate” the communication pathways, the brain can be stimulated and your function can be restored. At Team Health Care Clinic, we have the expertise to address specific areas of the brain to reactivate the communication pathways, stimulate the brain to restore function and ultimately resolve your dizziness issues.

Team Health Care Clinic is a great resource for patients experiencing dizziness, balance issues or vertigo.

If you or someone you know is suffering from loss of balance or dizziness, contact us for a free consultation.

Leading Drug Free Treatment for Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia and ADHD: rTMS

rTMS or Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a drug free, noninvasive treatment best known for depression and is currently offered at Team Health Care Clinic in Champlin, MN.  rTMS is an FDA cleared device for treatment of depression but has also been shown to be beneficial for ADHD, anxiety, insomnia, and other brain-based disorders.  Since the earliest studies were focused on people with depression, virtually all insurance plans, including Medicare, cover rTMS for resistant depression.

What is rTMS?

rTMS is a medical grade magnet that is used to balance the speed of the frequency of firing of the nerves in the brain.  The magnet sends a signal that can be varied to stimulate or slow down the nerves in specific regions of the brain, depending on the patient’s disorder.

For example, people with depression, concussions and ADHD are found to have a slowing of the frequency of firing of the brain.  People with anxiety and insomnia are often found to have a faster than normal firing of the brain. In our clinic, we use a 19-lead electroencephalogram, or EEG to determine the frequency of firing in the brain.

An EEG measures the electrical firing of the brain much like an EKG measures the heart.  Huge data bases have been developed that have allowed us to make comparative studies of our patient’s EEG versus a normative data base.  We can now objectively determine if a patient’s symptoms are related to abnormal firing of the brain and require a modality such as rTMS to speed up or slow down the firing. No guesswork!

A cautionary warning to all readers considering rTMS:  Not all rTMS providers select their patients based on this objective high-tech EEG testing.  Many are still determining their patient’s candidacy by their symptoms alone.  We find our patients are impressed and feel validated when the objective testing determines that their brain is simply not firing as it should.

rTMS is NOT electroconvulsive therapy.

rTMS should not be confused with electroconvulsive therapy or even medication management where side effects are potentially severe such as cognitive impairment, sexual dysfunction, weight gain and many others.  Our patients resume normal activity following a treatment session as the worst side effect may be a mild headache.  Even this is rare.

As one patient put it, “what do I have to lose?” when she considered her treatment options for anxiety.  rTMS is a low risk, highly success option for qualified candidates.  Here is what one rTMS patient had to say about his results:

If you are interested in learning more about rTMS, call our clinic at 763-323-1492 to schedule an “rTMS consultation and examination” with one of our medical providers.

Joe Bertsch, DC

Joe Bertsch, DC