Neurofeedback Overview

Posted on September 28 2009

Dr. Corydon Hammond provides an excellent overview of neurofeedback, how it works, and research associated with various conditions.  A great resource for those considering it as a treatment option.

Neurofeedback Overview

Research study shows the positive effects of Neurofeedback training for ADHD are long lasting

Posted on June 3 2014

A new study published in “Pediatrics:  The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics” shows that the positive effects of neurofeedback training on children with ADHD are long lasting.  This controlled study of 104 children was conducted with 40 neurofeedback sessions and a 6 month follow up window.  Here is a link to the abstract. 

Ready To Focus also provides neurofeedback services for other conditions such as anxiety, depression, headaches, learning style issues, and peak performance training. 

New Research in Using Neurofeedback Assessment to Determine ADHD Type and to Individualize Training

Posted on August 28 2012

Recent research published in the Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback journal (September 2012 Vol 37, No 3) shows the benefit of individualized neurofeedback training based on the assessment provided.  The article titled “The Effects of QEEG-Informed Neurofeedback in ADHD: An Open-Label Pilot Study” reported four types of ADHD assessment results:

1. Theta/Beta dysregulation.  This type of dysregulation indicates excessive under-focused brain wave activity and lack of beta (focused).
2. Alpha dysregulation.  Alpha is a type of day dreaming brain wave activity.  Excessive amounts lead to lack of focus due to day dreaming.
3. High Beta dysregulation.  High beta is over-focused activity - leading to distraction, anxiousness, and obsessiveness. 
4. SMR dysregulation (or Low Voltage).  Lack of SMR leads to distraction and inability to sustain effort.

The article reviewed research on which groups above typically respond to stimulant medication (#1 and #4) and which do not (#2 and #3). 

Depending on the dysregulation type (#1 through #4) and specific protocol can be developed to address the issue.  This leads to higher success rates using neurofeedback. This research article reported a 76% success rate (defined as a 50% or more reduction in symptoms post training - in this case about 30 sessions total).  At Ready To Focus, we have been following this type of protocol and have developed specific training screens for each issue.  Our office and home based participants are individually assessed by a Doctoral or Master’s level psychologist and assigned to a specific protocol or protocols to increase success rates. 

5 Main Areas Neurofeedback Addresses for those with ADHD

Posted on September 10 2011

Nice summary of how NF addresses ADHD issues
5 Main Areas Neurofeedback Addresses

Neurofeedback for treating migraine headaches

Posted on January 10 2011

This January 2011 study published in the Clinical EEG and Neuroscience Journal reports the effectiveness of using neurofeedback to treat migraines.  In this study of 71 patients, 54% experienced complete remission of migraines and another 39% experienced a 50% reduction of migraines by using neurofeedback as a primary treatment method.  Ready To Focus uses a similar protocol for migraines as was used in this study.  Our participants have experienced similar results.  Many thanks to this journal and to the authors of the study for their excellent work in reporting this. 


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 or by calling 1-800-850-0535.  Lastly, check out the success stories on the website for specific stories from people on how they used the biofeedback/neurofeedback program to stop their migraine headaches.