New 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 treats Migraines effectively

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. 

NF_Migraine_Study.PDF

NPR story examines NASA’s role with neurofeedback development

Posted on November 8 2010

In this short report, NPR examines how neurofeedback is effectively used to address ADD and NASA’s role in using and developing neurofeedback equipment. 

The story quotes this parent, “In six months, the kids are off their meds, I’m off my meds. This (child) is reading. I didn’t think she’d be able to read. It was a horrible, horrible nightmare. And she’s reading.”

Here is the link.  Ready To Focus utilizes the same type of equipment as discussed in the story with a DVD video interface for the participant.

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. 

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!

New Research Study Shows Positive Impact of Neurofeedback on ADHD

Posted on September 28 2009

Posted by Brad Oostindie, MA, LLP - Chief Clinician and Founder of Ready To Focus

Although many studies exist showing the efficacy of Neurofeedback treatment in ADHD there have been criticisms of these studies due to their smaller sample sizes, lack of a control group, among other issues. This recent study published in the Clinical EEG and Neuroscience Journal (July 2009) addresses those issues and shows Neurofeedback as a Level 5 (efficacious and specific) treatment for ADHD. Level 5 criteria means the treatment (in this case neurofeedback) “needs to be demonstrated to be statisically superior to a credible sham therapy, pill, or bona fide treatment in at least two independent studies.” This current study, which is a meta-analysis of several studies, shows this level 5 criteria to be met. The study also addresses other issues related to Neurofeedback including long-term positive effects (such as 3 month, 6 month, and 2 year follow up studies) and issues related to pre and post QEEG studies and pre and post continuous performance testing studies.  I believe this study to be the most comprehensive and conclusive in terms of addressing the issue of whether or not Neurofeedback is a scientifically “proven” treatment. 

CAUTION - Entering the Science and Research Zone!!

Posted on July 7 2009

Since Neurofeedback and QEEG diagnostic evaluation maybe new to you, attached is a document listing research results (1970 to present) supporting both of these as scientifically valid interventions.  These research results include controlled studies, peer reviewed published studies, and general references.