Have you ever heard of neurofeedback therapy? While this innovative treatment may not be as widely-known as other health care services, such as chiropractic care, physical therapy or physiatry, it certainly holds its own in presenting tremendous healing and recovery opportunites and health benefits.
A recent interview with Northport Wellness Center neurofeedback providers, Christina Gravinese and Dr. Jason Pape provides a glimpse into neurofeedback therapy.
Neurofeedback therapy can help you or a loved one regain your health and quality of life. Consider what Northport Wellness Center neurofeedback providers Christina Gravinese and Dr. Jason Pape have to share about this advanced therapy.
It's all about the brain.
The brain is a remarkable organ and a primary component of the body's central nervous system. It helps us to think, speak and recognize the world around us, allowing us to process and understand conversations, events and experiences. The brain makes it possible for us to discern physical sensations, smells and sounds. But as extraordinary as the brain is in managing critical functions 24/7, it is also a most complex organ. In order for the brain to be successful, the brain cells need to communicate effectively through specific electrical impulses or signals that are expressed as brain waves.
When someone's brain does not transmit signals in a normal pattern, he or she is producing a dysregulated brain-wave pattern instead. Over time, dysregulated brain-wave patterns can negatively impact a person's health and quality of life.
“If you’re producing a dysregulated brain-wave pattern, any which way or form, symptoms are going to arise," says Gravinese. Some symptoms include headaches, inability to sleep, and not being able to concentrate for long periods of time. "So, whether it’s focus/attention, memory, sleep issues—whatever the case may be—typically those symptoms are caused from dysregulated brain-wave patterns,” says Gravinese.
One of the best ways to address these issues is to regulate the brain. Neurofeedback serves to accomplish this task.
Neurofeedback therapy in a nutshell.
Neurofeedback therapy is a unique brain-training program that can help regulate a person's brain-wave patterns by offering the brain positive reinforcement. A neurofeedback professional will place special sensors on the patient's head that are used to measure brain waves. During the 30-minute session, the patient views a non-violent DVD or a TV show. The passive engagement compels the brain to regulate. Ultimately, the brain "creates a regulated brain-wave pattern and those symptoms diminish," explains Gravinese. "So, in return, when your brain is fully functioning and producing an organized pattern, you’ll have improved sleep and you’ll have improved attention," she adds.
Conditions treated by Neurofeedback:
- Focus/Attention Challenges
- Autism Recovery
- Depression Recovery
- Chronic Fatigue
- Concussion Recovery
Life-changing Benefits of Neurofeedback Therapy:
Regardless of their age, symptoms or diagnosis, patients tend to report positive results, according to Dr. Pape and Ms. Gravinese. Specific feedback from Northport Wellness Center neurofeedback patients include:
- Improved sleep
- Reduced "fog"
- Enhanced focus
- Greater motivation
- Improved memory
- Calmer, more relaxed feelings
As each patient presents with a unique condition and symptoms, the benefits of neurofeedback may also vary. For best results, contact the Northport Wellness Center and learn how you or a loved one can benefit from neurofeedback therapy.