This week’s Talk Radio Topic is “Neurofeedback: Repairing the Disrupted Brain.”
Salem, UT – May 4, 2011 – Planetary Streams Talk Radio Network today announced that Diana Hoffman, Licensed Professional Counselor, trauma specialist and host of Healing Talk Radio show, will be joined by Dr. Siegfred Othmer, researcher and founder of the EEG Institute in a discussion of “Neurofeedback: Repairing the Disrupted Brain”
Dr Othmer and his wife Susan became focused on neurofeedback development when their son Brian was afflicted with severe epilepsy. With backgrounds in physics and neurophysiology, the Othmers were able to create a protocol that was engaging to children, presented itself as a computer game. Their research alleviated their son’s seizures and led to continued research into numerous childhood (and adult) problems involving various kinds of brain dysfunction.
Since these beginnings 25 years ago, the EEG Institute has developed protocols and accumulated supporting research for using neurofeedback to help individuals with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke damage, Learning Disabilities, Epilepsy, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Addiction, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome, Premenstrual Syndrome, Movement Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Sleep Problems, Dissociative Disorders, Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue, Schizophrenia and more.
According to the EEG Institute website, http://www.eeginfo.com/research/, neurofeedback is most effective in correcting disorders caused by brain dysregulation. Neurofeedback often creates permanent relief from these type of disorders which include most of the disorders listed above. With disorders that involve organic damage that is degenerative or progressive, such as alzheimers and dementia, the brain is less likely to respond as completely to neurofeedback. However, even with these disorders, progress can often be made.
A fascinating outcome of neurofeedback is its impact on IQ scores. An overview of the research to date shows that, no matter what is being treated, in every study where IQ measurements were used, significant gains in IQ scores have been demonstrated. In one case study with a child severely impacted by cerebral palsy, four years of neurofeedback training yielded an extraordinary IQ change of 22 points, with IQ scores rising from a baseline of 48 to a current score of 70.
Neurofeedback research dramatically supports other brain research which increasingly shows that the brain can adjust, repair and adapt itself throughout the lifespan if given proper support and training. After more than thirty years of impressive research from many different organizations, neurofeedback offers itself as a potent alternative to medication for individuals who suffer from a variety of “chemical imbalances” emotional disturbances, or organic disorders of the brain. A directory of neurofeedback providers is available at http://directory.eeginfo.com/
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