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

Neurofeedback: Natural Treatment for ADHD and Brain Based Disorders

Parents of children with ADD, ADHD and other brain based disorders are increasingly searching for non drug treatment options for their children. They are right to be concerned. For over 20 years, researchers have studied the long term effects of drugs used to treat the symptoms of these conditions. Several years ago, our search for ADD ADHD non drug treatments led the doctors at Team Health Care Clinic to Neurofeedback.

Neurofeedback therapy has proven to be safe and effective for individuals with brain based disorders like  ADD, ADHD and Autism. At our Champlin, MN clinic, we have successfully used neurofeedback training to address the cause of these brain based disorders.

Understanding the ADHD Brain

To determine if Neurofeedback training is an appropriate course of action, we use an EEG test to understand the electrical activity of the brain. An EEG test is conducted when electrodes are attached to scalp to measure brainwaves in 19 different locations. The electrodes only receive information and do not put electricity into the brain. People with brain based disorders have commonalities in their EEG test results that help us to understand when a treatment protocol using Neurofeedback is necessary.

Neurofeedback: ADD ADHD Non Drug Treatments 

ADD ADHD non drug treatments Think of neurofeedback training like a brain that has a mirror to itself. When the brain receives cues about itself, it is able to self correct. It is not magic. The self correction happens through a visual or auditory feedback  in the form of a TV screen or music. When the brain does the correct thing, the patient is rewarded with watching a movie or listening to music. There is no medication used and nothing introduced into the body.

Although it’s a few years old now, this CNN news story  does a good job of explaining how neurofeedback works.

Neurofeedback is Effective

  • A search of the Pubmed website (National Institute of Health) revealed 152 medical studies for neurofeedback ADHD and 54 for neurofeedback and anxiety. These are just two of the more common symptoms of a brain not functioning as it should.
  • Neurofeedback trains the brain and doesn’t treat symptoms, so it can potentially have a benefit to most abnormal brain symptoms.
  • Incredibly, there were 830 medical studies on neurofeedback and its effect for a wide variety of brain conditions.

Neurofeedback brain training is just one of the methods we use at Team Health Care Clinic to help the brains of patients of all ages to function better. I have been fortunate enough to see some remarkable changes in my patients with ADD ADHD non drug treatments and I encourage anyone looking for a natural treatment option to check out Neurofeedback.

In our clinic, we offer a free consultation to those who are interested in learning more about brain based therapies for the treatment of Anxiety, ADD, ADHD, Autism, and other conditions. Click here to request an appointment.

Jay Bertsch, DC

Jay Bertsch, DC