Neurofeedback for the Physical Body
Neurofeedback training is a great tool to help facilitate this healing process. Brain wave training helps the brain self-regulate, individuals report a relaxed and calm feeling as the brain slowly corrects out-of-balance brainwave frequencies. In time, sleep patterns start to renormalize and other physical symptoms begin to subside. The training benefits a variety of health concerns.
Those who have suffered a concussion, or brain injury can experience a wide range of mental, emotional, and physical symptoms and concerns. Headache, fatigue, sensitivity to lights and noise, ringing in the ears, irritability, disturbed sleep patterns, nausea, and dizziness can persist for a long time while the brain heals.
When a person is recovering from a concussion or brain injury, rest is the key to recovery. The amount of time it takes the brain to heal can vary greatly from person to person. For some individuals, proper rest is difficult due to lingering, subtle symptoms.
Neurofeedback training helps target areas of the brain in need of repair. Relaxation is one of the many benefits of Neurofeedback training and helps to self-regulate sleep patterns. Deep restorative sleep is crucial for the body’s natural healing process to take place.
Long-term effects related to processing speed, learning, and memory are all associated with individuals who have suffered head injuries. Healing takes time and patience and is not a process we can rush. Neurofeedback training supports the brain's relaxation response to restore and balance for optimal functioning.
Migraines & Headaches
Relaxation is often difficult, if not impossible, for many people who suffer from chronic migraines. Muscle tension in the jaw, back, shoulder, arms, and neck all contribute to difficulties relaxing. Many individuals report sleep concerns with headaches and migraines, and the ongoing pain and fatigue can make physical exercise difficult too.
Usually those who suffer from migraines and headaches have tried everything for relief. They often assume that they just have to live with the pain. This is simply not the case.
Neurofeedback training helps provide a pathway to relaxation that comes natural for the brain and body. It also helps the body handle medications more effectively, and provides a real, long-term option for individuals needing to manage migraines and headaches and reduce their frequency.
Sleep problems are common in both children and adults. Children do not always report not being able to fall asleep to their parents, but parents can report how hard they are to get out of bed the next day. This denotes a lack of sleep and causes many problems for children. Adults, on the other hand, are usually aware of their sleep concerns. As many as 50 million Americans report trouble sleeping more than once in a seven day period. Technology, longer work hours, artificial light, diet, stress and medications compound this problem.
While sleep apnea cannot be addressed with Neurofeedback, reports of trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, and feeling refreshed upon waking are all helped with the training. In fact, the first Neurofeedback research conducted 40 some years ago was on the effectiveness of sleep related concerns.
Because sleep is so important for our body to optimally function, the brain works there first during training. Once sleep patterns start to renormalize, a person starts to notice many other changes as a result of getting proper sleep.
Attention, learning, cognition, memory, and reaction time are just a few ways that proper sleep helps us function better. During the Neurofeedback training process, it seems that every person notes changes to sleep in some form or another.
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears is a condition that causes a lot of stress and sleep deprivation. It can also cause changes to mood and behavior, and there are not a lot of medical interventions for this condition because the severity and causes can vary.
Neurofeedback training does not take the tinnitus away from a person, but it can help decrease the attention you pay to the ringing and help relax tension in the body caused from the condition. Many individuals report an increased ability to sleep because they are able to focus less on the ringing or other noise they hear continually.
Helping the body to relax can go a long way in helping individuals manage other emotions too. Because Neurofeedback training works to balance the brain waves in the central nervous system, feelings of frustration and stress from the ringing can be greatly reduced. This in turn, affects all aspects of your life.