People’s lives are so incredibly busy that they never seem to have even one minute to stop and take a break. There is always another deadline to meet, and the technology that was supposed to make their lives easier seems as if it does anything but that. On top of everything, they still have to conduct their social lives. This can all be hard to handle when you are an adult, but what about children who are suffering under the same circumstances?
Jackson Pojeski was leading a busy existence like the one described above, and it was causing negative behavior that occurred on a frequent basis. Jackson’s mother Tiffany said that her eight-year-old son was unable to focus when he was at school and that he had trouble sleeping at night. He also had frequent fits of screaming and crying. Even a simple task like putting his socks in the hamper would send him into a frustrated temper tantrum.
Tiffany stated that Jackson’s pediatrician never suggested that he might have ADHD, so he wasn’t being treated with medication for his issues. Instead, his mother got into the habit of giving him melatonin at bedtime so that his brain could slow down and relax, but the problem always remained. Tiffany only noticed a lasting difference in her son after he attended 40 sessions with Neurocore.
Now, Jackson is a happy boy, and Tiffany can’t believe how wonderful life has been in her house since his treatment ended.
Rochelle Fintelman is a clinical specialist at Neurocore where the staff regularly treats patients for the inability to sleep, migraine headaches, stress and the inability to focus. These maladies are treated with biofeedback when the patient is taught how to breathe deeply. Neurofeedback is also employed when the patient’s brain waves are charted with technology. This treatment is excellent for everyone, including children, adults and even professional athletes.
Neurofeedback in Depth
Before a patient’s treatment can begin, he must undergo an assessment that will pinpoint exactly where he needs to begin. It only requires him to wear a belt so that his breathing can be monitored. The technician will also place a cap on the patient’s head. This cap contains sensors that allow the technician to read the patient’s brain waves. All the patient needs to do is sit in a chair and relax.
The next part of the treatment involves neurofeedback. The patient is given the belt used in the assessment as well as sensors that monitor his brain waves. He must concentrate on his breathing and heart rate to ensure that they are both in sync with his focus. Because the patient is breathing in a more efficient manner, his bloodstream is able to receive a larger amount of oxygen. Then, the heart and the brain receive more oxygen as well, and they begin to perform better too.
Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD
More kids are diagnosed with ADHD than any other disease or condition in existence, and the number of those who are diagnosed is continuing to rise. Currently, 11 percent of children in the United States between the ages of 3 and 18 have received the diagnosis of ADHD, but there have been problems with treating this condition. Medical professionals recommend that kids diagnosed with ADHD receive behavioral therapy as well as a prescription medication to treat the malady. Unfortunately, most kids are not receiving the behavioral therapy, but they are definitely being given the prescription drugs.
Neurofeedback has been around for years, and it is now making it possible for ADHD patients to stop taking their ADHD drugs. People who are suffering from anxiety and depression have also been able to get off of their medications with neurofeedback.
Dr. Tim Royer founded Neurocore in 2004, and it is one of many facilities that offer patients neurofeedback therapy as a treatment. Located in Granville, patients are taken to the therapy room where electrodes are placed on their heads and ears for the purpose of observing their breathing, brain waves and hearts. While this is being done, the patient calmly watches a movie.
Ms. Fintelman explained that the movie plays only if the patient’s brainwaves and breathing are balanced. Whenever the patient’s brain waves and breathing become unbalanced, the movie stops. This gives the brain and the patient’s breathing a chance to correct and become balanced again. After attending several sessions, the patient’s brain and breathing begin to learn how to correct themselves on their own.
Neurocore has a 75 percent success rate with its neurofeedback therapy. Specifically, 75 percent of its patients are no longer taking their ADHD drugs, or they have reduced the dosage. Ms. Fintelman stated that those who undergo this treatment never need to receive therapy for ADHD again in their lives. The best thing about it is that it doesn’t have any adverse side effects.