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Biofeedback/Neurofeedback for Migraine Headaches

Posted on March 12 2010

Written By Clinical Director Brad Oostindie, MA, LLP:

Over the past several years I have seen many people respond favorably to using biofeedback/neurofeedback in addressing their migraine headaches.  This would include young children, adults, those with severe migraines, and those with mild or less intense migraines.  There are a number of ways biofeedback/neurofeedback helps reduce the intensity and frequency of migraines.  Biofeedback/Neurofeedback helps a person learn to control their breathing, relax muscle groups, reduce stress, and can reduce stressed brain wave activity that contributes to migraines occurring.  The treatment can be done in your own home. Many people can reduce or eliminate medications they need to use to control migraines by utilizing this treatment method as well.  Major treatment centers such as the University of Michigan use this as part of their migraine treatment care.  Also, I have posted an article  outlining how Mayo Clinic views the use of biofeedback/neurofeedback for treatment of certain medical conditions.

At Ready To Focus we have developed a specific protocol for addressing migraine headaches.  This involves use of both biofeedback and neurofeedback programs for the individual that they can utilize in the home based program.  If you would like more information about this please contact Clinical Director Brad Oostindie at brad@readytofocus.com or by calling 1-800-850-0535.  Lastly, check out the success stories on the readytofocus.com website for specific stories from people on how they used the biofeedback/neurofeedback program to stop their migraine headaches. 

Adult Uses Biofeedback/Neurofeedback To Reduce Anxiety and Improve Sleep

Posted on March 12 2010

As a 38 year-old husband, father of four, and leader of an organization I had a lot of responsibilities so I figured that my anxiety was normal.  I struggled to turn my brain off at night and therefore I couldn’t fall and stay asleep. So, almost two years ago, I started to take Xanax to turn me off and get some rest.  The anxiety I had was always present and it made me feel like I was in a rush and it made me blow things out of proportion.

My wife encouraged me to pursue “Ready To Focus” and seek some relief.  During my first visit my anxiety was seen clearly in the numbers as I went through an assessment.  (Ready To Focus Clinical Director) Brad Oostindie explained that my mind is stuck in the “fight or flight” mode and that they could help.

As I began the program I wondered how watching DVDs would help me, but as I went through the program I found myself more focused, less uptight and finally able to sleep.  I got off the Xanax and my wife commented about the changes she saw in me.  Finally the runaway train of my mind got under control and now I’m “Ready to Focus.”

Thanks to “Ready to Focus” for your support and good work!

Ready To Focus Visits Japanese School

Posted on February 8 2010

By Brad Oostindie, MA, LLP - Clinical Director

Last month I had the pleasure of visiting the Meysen Academy in Sendai, Japan.  This is the third international school I have visited (India - 2003 and Dominican Republic 2007) and I found the experience to be very informative.  The Meysen Academy is known for its interactive learning style, teaching English as a second language, and is a community leader in the area.  There are two Meysen campuses in Sendai and about 4000 students attend classes at the school everyday. 

Prior to going to Japan I spent sometime researching topics related to the Ready To Focus program as it related to this trip.  A recent UNICEF study placed Japan in the top 5 of countries for scores in math and science.  Only 2.2% of the high school age students in Japan fell below international benchmarks of achievement.  This is compared to 16.2% of students in the United States falling below benchmarks during the same time period. Also, you may not be aware of this but according to the National Institute of Health the United States uses approximately 85% of all the stimulant medication produced in the world.  Although ADHD is recognized in Japan and different types of psychostimulant medication are used for treatment, the treatment model follows a paradigm of using medication as a last resort as opposed to a first line of intervention in all but the most serious cases. 

In Japan the model of ADHD intervention is as follows:
1. Environmental coordination and psychoeducation. 
2. Behavioral Therapy. 
3.  Review of these interventions. 
4.  Specialists (for drugs or other therapies). 
A link to this research article is provided below. 

There is so much more I could report regarding my visit to the Meysen Academy!  I hope you find this information helpful as you consider your own child’s academic, behavior, and other needs and as you make decisions on how to best intervene for your child in these areas.  Please feel free to email me at brad@readytofocus.com for more information.


Link to research article
Psychopharmacology_for_ADHD_in_Japan.pdf
Pictures of visit
Meysen.pdf

 

 

 

Mayo Clinic endorses biofeedback for anxiety, stress, and headaches

Posted on December 16 2009

This quick article by the Mayo Clinic summarizes the effectiveness of using Biofeedback for these conditions.  They report your medical costs may actually decrease by using these methods!

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