Chiropractic Care for Neuro Feedback: How to Use This Natural Therapy to Improve Your Overall Health

Your friends call to invite you out but you just can't seem to get interested in anything. If you do go out, your anxiety takes over before too long. You sleep during the day but have insomnia at night. You don't want to rely on medication to make you feel better. It all becomes a cycle of isolation and shame.

More people are suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders than ever before. In fact, during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the incidences of anxiety and depression increased by 25% on a global scale, according to a brief released by the World Health Organization (WHO) in March 2022.

Now that the pandemic has eased as far as quarantines are concerned, it is again possible for those suffering from conditions like depression, insomnia, and anxiety to seek treatment. One treatment that research has proven to be effective is neurofeedback, a natural therapy offered by many chiropractors.

Call 530-722-9010 to learn more about our approach to chiropractic treatments and Neuro Feedback program.

What is neurofeedback and what are its benefits?

Neurofeedback is a kind of biofeedback that uses displays of brain activity in real-time to teach patients how to self-regulate their brain function. The goal of neurofeedback is to improve cognitive, emotional, or behavioral functioning. Neurofeedback has been used to help people with ADHD, anxiety, depression, migraines, and sleep disorders, to name just a few conditions.

The benefits of neuro feedback are:

  • The brain learns to calm itself. This makes it easier for patients to use the coping strategies they learn or to develop new strategies.
  • It improves mental health for those who have tried antidepressants or therapy without expected results.
  • It helps areas of the brain related to staying focused, which leads to increased learning and performance in school and at work.
  • Patients can learn to self-regulate the brain in a healthier way, so emotional control is easier.

How is neurofeedback used in chiropractic care?

More specifically, how do these two modalities work together?

Neurofeedback, sometimes referred to as “EEG biofeedback,” is a state-of-the-art, drug-free, pain-free, and non-invasive method for teaching the brain to function in a more balanced and healthful way. Brainwaves occur at different frequencies for different people and are at the heart of this treatment.

Because of this, neurofeedback for any patient begins with a quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG) evaluation. This tool is designed to evaluate a person’s brainwave patterns.

The process uses a high-tech cap which is placed on the head. The cap contains small sensors that measure and record electrical activity (brainwaves) coming from the brain. You needn’t fear that these sensors are putting any electrical current into the brain; they simply record signals coming from your brain.

The brainwave data generates a report that allows the chiropractic doctor to diagnose whether your brainwave patterns differ from normal. If so, a treatment plan using neurofeedback therapy is created that teaches you to control those problematic waves, usually by watching a game or movie while using the cap.

This training is called Operant Conditioning. Your brain eventually learns to maintain healthy patterns on its own. The ultimate goal is to train you to self-regulate your emotional and physical responses and then transfer that new knowledge to your daily life, long after the treatment ends. As such, the quality of your life can be greatly improved by learning and implementing these new techniques that can help you better manage how your body responds using the Operant Conditioning method.

How long does neurofeedback take to work?

This varies from person to person. Some people experience improvement within a few sessions, while others take longer to see any noticeable changes. Your chiropractor will guide you by sharing the graph results of each session, which provides a visual reference of improvement.

How long will the effects of neurofeedback last?

Long-term follow-ups show some clients have sustained improvements for 10-20 years. Several research studies have demonstrated that additional gains are made a year after the initial treatment is completed as the individual continues to practice what they learned during neurofeedback treatment.

Call Thatcher Wellness at 530-722-9010 today to discuss whether neurofeedback can help you!

To help you recover quicker, we offer other treatments to do alongside your chiropractic care, like:

At Thatcher Chiropractic, we focus on gentle, safe, and effective chiropractic care for your whole family. Let us help you turn your goals into reality.
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