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NFB is a non-invasive therapy to help the brain learn healthy self regulation. Poor nerve regulation will produce a variety of symptoms including: ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities (dyslexia, dyscalculia, reading impairment, auditory processing), OCD, ODD, sensory integration, addictions, migraines, seizures, Autism, Aspergers, Tourette's, tics and dementia. NFB has also been effective in relieving the symptoms of traumatic brain injury and stroke.
The Peterson Clinic
began offering NFB in 2000 as a result of a quest that Dr Kris had to provide a non drug option
for these debilitating conditions. NFB evolved out of research lead by Barry Sterman, PhD at
UCLA in the 1960s and 70s. Dr Kris has trained directly with Dr Sterman since 2000. Dr Stermans
research demonstrated that the brain can learn to alter its regulation in response to appropriate
feedback. The electrical
patterns of the brain can be rewarded or inhibited,
if excessive, to return the brain to healthy regulation.
The process begins with a health history and exam. Objective
measurements are taken including TOVA testing for impulsiveness and inattention, WebNeuro for
neurocognitive abilities and qEEG for analyzing brain waves. Once the patients condition is
understood, a treatment program will be recommended.
As part of our integrative approach, our clinicians evaluate for nutritional factors, toxins such as heavy metals, neurotransmitter balance and allergies that if not corrected may delay healing. Another major factor is the use of NET. Often as the brain heals there will be belief systems or emotional wounds that will need to be addressed. It is not uncommon for a person with a learning disability to have been labeled as stupid. As the brain is healed and new capabilities are recognized (WOW I can read!) , old beliefs (what we call Stinkin Thinkin) can interfere with the success. NET is a great tool to physiologically resolve these issues. Our clinic presently has four different treatment modalities:
Traditional EEG Neurofeedback:
This is operant learning conditioning of the brain. The patient watchs an audio/video monitor that is reflecting brain activity. As the brain produces the appropriate wave activity, a reward occurs that includes the game proceeding forward, beeps and points. As the brain becomes more proficient, the learning becomes permanent. For additional information please explore: HYPERLINK "http://www.eegspectrum.com"www.eegspectrum.com
Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS). This is not operant conditioning, but rather the dominant frequency of the brain wave is assessed by computer and a small radiofrequency is provided back to the brain along the electrode wire. This small RF feedback allows the brain to re-evaluate its regulation and to reset itself. This therapy has been extremely successful for a variety of slow wave problems including: ADD/ADHD, dementia and some forms of OCD and anxiety. Many times the responses are dramatic taking up to 50% less treatment time as traditional feedback. (For more information www.ochslabs.com)
Hemoencephalography uses a pIR (passive InfraRed) spectrometer to measure the result of blood flow in the frontal lobes. As the brain increases its processing it will increase blood supply which alters frontal lobe temperature. HEG is a feedback method to help increase blood flow to the frontal lobes. This is highly successful in migraine headaches ( over 75% positive response) and ADD, where there is excessive slow wave activity.
Heart Rate Varibilty. The interval between each heart beat is variable. This interval reflects the balance of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). The ANS is composed of two main divisions: Sympathetic and Parasympathetic. Using coherent breathing to entrain these two systems can reduce anxiety and balance the stress response.