Effectiveness of Neurofeedback for ADHD

Effectiveness of Neurofeedback for ADHD

Posted on: July 24th, 2017 by Neurohealth Associates

Many people often ask, “Will neurofeedback treat my child’s ADHD?”

ADHD alleviation is one of the highest success rates from neurofeedback sessions showing very favorable results.

The brain is malleable. With frequent, intense practice, we may transform our brainwave activity. Over time, we can work to increase our ratio of faster brain waves, leading to stronger focus and improved impulse control. This is, in essence, the concept of neuroplasticity — and the core principle behind neurofeedback training. Since the 1970s, patients with ADHD and other neurological disorders have used neurofeedback in hopes of training their brains. According to proponents, the reported benefits of this alternative therapy are twofold:

  • Brainwave alterations are measurable and appear to endure well beyond the therapy’s end.
  • Brainwave improvements may lead to behavior improvements — most notably, sustained focus, diminished impulsivity, and reduced distractibility out in the real world

Many ADHD brains generate an abundance of low-frequency delta or theta brain waves, and a shortage of high-frequency beta brain waves. Over 20 to 40 training sessions, neurofeedback works to reverse that ratio. The end goal is an activated, engaged brain, and an overall reduction in ADHD symptoms.

More specifically, neurofeedback therapy works to increase the brain’s capacity and predisposition for beta waves, which are associated with efficient information processing and problem solving. At the other end of the spectrum are delta and theta waves, which occur in the brain when it is relaxing or daydreaming. When a high proportion of theta waves are present, patients complain of incomplete work, disorganization, and distractibility. Neurofeedback aims to diminish the frequency of delta and theta waves.

Although, it is not enough to simply “get neurofeedback,” one must utilize a trained professional with top-tier equipment and a unique ability to identify metrics surrounding a patients charts.

Successful treatment can only be found in continual assessment throughout the treatment regimen.

Here at NeuroHealth Associates, we pride ourselves in our ability to tailor treatments and continually assess and adapt to our patients’ needs.

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