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School year is in full swing, and 1st quarter report cards have come and gone. For some it was easy and for others - a challenge. Improved mental performance and the ability to pay attention equals better learning and reducing stress develops better test results.
Calming emotional and behavioral issues improves social interactions. Consider how this combination may result in better prospects for the future. How can you and your family achieve these goals? Let’s explore three areas which might help.
The Benefits of Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback has multiple benefits. It focuses on building new neural pathways, strengthening the brain, rather than patching up symptoms. Re-training unhealthy brainwave patterns can improve and often eliminate symptoms of ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma/PTSD, and more. In our experience, Neurofeedback appears to be especially effective for children. We see the most remarkable benefits when working with young and flexible brains, before habits take hold and become
a person’s template in adulthood.
Neurofeedback is quite simple. Brain cells interact, creating thoughts, sensations, actions and emotions; detectable as brain waves. Neurofeedback specifically monitors brain waves, looks for irregularities and then produces a signal that is designed to correct and guide brain waves back into a healthy pattern.
Would Neurofeedback be right for me?
Seemingly unrelated issues such as stress, anger, depression, bad habits, and small injuries can take a toll on our brains, not just our bodies. Like the body, the brain needs exercise and rest to operate at peak performance.
By re-training irregular brain wave patterns, we assist the brain in functioning better. This is similar to a computer that, over time, starts storing data that slows it down, and then needs a reboot. Neurofeedback gives the brain that reboot by using a safe, drug free, non-invasive procedure. Research articles indicate that outcomes are typically superior when Neurofeedback is used with traditional treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy, better nutrition, pharmaceuticals, etc.
New Tools for Therapy?
We all realize the importance psychotherapy can provide. Children and adults can benefit greatly by a licensed therapist. Now how about connecting it to the brain?
The concurrent use of research supported qEEG brain mapping with talk therapy provides a new combination for growth and healing. It is a dual therapy that allows clients a freedom to break free from the trauma of old wounds and handling the current situations of life more effectively.
With a brain map and the range of data points it provides, pinpointing functionality in the brain, the therapist has a new cutting edge tool which may advance overall quality of care and effectiveness.
In addition, your therapist may also suggest Neurofeedback to assist in improving brain functionality. This combination has been shown to allow the client to respond and process talk therapy at a more efficient level.
The Brain Map along with the therapist’s biopsychosocial conducted during the first few sessions assists in developing an appropriate treatment plan for the client. Talk therapy and Neurofeedback can be used alone or in tandem. We do not recommend that everyone needs to use the dual therapy; it is more of a case by case basis which will be assessed with your health care provider.
Like the body, the brain needs proper nutrition to operate at peak performance. Over time fast food, poorly balanced diets, chemicals, preservatives and the like take a toll on our brain, just like our bodies. As parents, we all realize this and often struggle balancing our families’ nutritional needs with the reality of life. Websites and endless articles
are a good start, but often we need some help.
See their recipe for brain boosting salmon HERE
Enlist the help of a registered Dietitian Nutritionist. With nutrition counseling, you’ll develop tools and strategies so you’re not staring blankly into the refrigerator thinking “what the heck am I supposed to eat?” Find someone who takes a holistic approach, taking into account all aspects of your family’s life. Your schedule, relationships, work life, stress levels, environment, and genetic predispositions are unique
to YOU and influence the nutrition your body needs.
Some Dietitian Nutritionists may include the following in addition to Nutrition Counseling:
• Meal Planning
• Testing – food sensitivities, potential metabolic issues, etc.
• Pantry/Refrigerator Makeover – just like our closets, sometimes the cupboards need to be cleaned out.
• Grocery Store Tour – how to read labels, ingredient lists, etc.
Consider the philosophy of “food as medicine” and that the food at the end of our forks is either promoting or preventing disease. The pursuit of the perfect diet is difficult and sometimes it is impossible to get the vitamins and minerals we need solely from the foods we eat. Many articles and researchers suggest the following for brain health:
• Vitamin D3
• Methylated B-complex vitamins
• Omega-3 fats (EPA & DHA from fish or algae oil)
Our Dietitian colleague also agrees with the above suggestions as a good foundation. However, with a guide, there can be a more targeted approach customized for you and your family. All recommendations by a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist are supported by peer-reviewed research and the clinical experience of experts in the field of nutrition.
What is the connection?
Both Neurofeedback and therapy are processes that allow the brain to rewire itself in ways that feel and work better. Now imagine how much more impactful supplying your brain with the nutrients it needs to support that rewiring process can be.
Choosing the right foods provides the building blocks and fuel for a healthy brain. Talk therapy or psychotherapy also is enhanced by the brain functioning at its peak. Overall, the goal is to get your brain functioning at its best.
For more information on this cutting edge approach call 941-552-4500 or visit their website at brainwavecenters.com. Follow on Facebook and Instagram.