5 Reasons Why Neurofeedback Beats Meds

Neurofeedback is guided exercise for the brain.

It is hard to, in good faith, be dismissive of prescription medicine. It would also be unfair to the myriad people who have seen positive, even miraculous results from taking medication. About half of the U.S. population reports having taken at least one prescription medication in the past 30 days. These numbers indicate a continued need for medication for certain conditions. Unfortunately, medication can only regulate. When looking for a more permanent solution, there is nothing like neurofeedback.

What is neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is essentially guided exercise for the brain. When there is an upset brainwave, this causes certain conditions as different as Asperger’s or migraines. A doctor licensed by the state can guide the patient through various activities to retrain the brain, in a sense. Using visual cues in the form of games, over time a patient can shape his or her thinking. Ultimately, this guides deregulated brainwaves into their proper function. Allied Health Care is proud to be a full partner in this practice, which treats a wide variety of conditions.

How does neurofeedback compare to other methods?

The spectrum of recovery options in the medical field varies widely. However, no method has proven to be as risk-free or long-lasting as neurofeedback. As we stated before, there is a long list of medications for many different conditions, but these merely regulate and diminish the condition. Concerning neurofeedback, Frank Duffy, a practicing neurologist in Boston, said:

“In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy, it would be universally accepted and widely used.”

It is true that no medication can guarantee a complete reduction of symptoms. On the other hand, neurofeedback retrains the brain through “self-regulation.” This means that no outside force is acting on levels in the brain. The patient literally reshapes the way he or she thinks. Through guidance by the professional, the patient has complete control over their brain activity.

Whereas medication causes a chemical reaction to affect brain levels, neurofeedback is non-invasive. Since all the equipment doctors use in the process only monitor, there are also no side effects.

Neurofeedback helps with depression

There are many common and difficult conditions that are treatable under neurofeedback. These range from mood disorders to headaches, to PTSD, to fibromyalgia, and much, much more. Of all the many treatable conditions, depression is one of the most prevalent and unfortunate.

About 6.7% of the U.S. adult population experience major depressive disorder. This amounts to a raw number of over 14 million. This condition has a median onset of 32 years of age, but of course, it can come on at any time in a person’s life. This frightening condition is treatable under the care of antidepressants and alternate methods such as talk therapy. However, antidepressants especially can create an intimidating roster of side effects. These vary from person to person and are often unpredictable until the patient has already experienced them.

Antidepressants can have unpleasant side effects

Again, antidepressants can do wonderful things for people experiencing depression. Yet there are also possible side effects that can double the severity of this mood disorder. Here are only a few of the things antidepressants may cause:

  • Short-term side effects
    • Jitteriness
    • Dizziness
    • Dry Mouth
    • Weird Dreams
  • Decrease in sexual desire
    • Erectile dysfunction
    • Decreased orgasm
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Problems with weight gain
    • Hypertension
    • Type II diabetes

There are many unpleasant side effects that can stem from antidepressant use. However, by comparison, neurofeedback eliminates the risk of experiencing these or other side effects.

Is the procedure safe?

As we stated before, neurofeedback is a non-invasive procedure. During a given session, the patient sits reclined in a comfortable chair in a quiet space. The certified technician then attaches small sensors to the patient’s head to pick up on brain waves and activity. As music, a movie, or video games are played, the technician monitors brain activity via specialized software. All told, each session lasts about thirty minutes.

The neurofeedback procedure is not only safe, but patients have been known to experience less stress and deeper sleep after the initial appointment. Since its inception in the 1960’s, the Food and Drug Administration has certified biofeedback equipment as an approved Class II medical device. The FDA has also recognized that this procedure has garnered no serious side effects.

Should I try neurofeedback?

First, you must always consult your doctor before going through with any treatment whatsoever. A trusted professional must always be your first recourse for treating a condition.

If you have experienced adverse effects after taking medication, or have seen no improvement through other types of therapy, we encourage you to ask us about neurofeedback. After a full consultation, our expert Dr. Nelson will be able to recommend this treatment if he deems it necessary. And you can trust him to give you an honest assessment on the matter as well.

If you could benefit from neurofeedback, we will be certain to get you on the right path to recovery.

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