* Find it hard to stop thinking about certain things no matter how much you want to stop. Things such as me, for instance?
* Not sleep as well as you know you should be? Perhaps you can't fall asleep, or you wake up once or more in the middle of sleep?
* Often find it difficult to concentrate or stay focused? (If so, please try hard to stay focused on this article ... it can truly help you!)
* Feel mentally/emotionally "burned out" and therefore not as productive as you'd like to be?
* Or do you simply want to increase your memory or creativity?
Then have I got a pharmaceutical drug for you!
No, I am kidding. Instead of the all-American answer of another prescription drug, I have a serious and strong suggestion: consider neurofeedback.
Often referred to as "aerobics for the brain," neurofeedback -- also known as neurotherapy -- is completely non-drug and non-invasive, making it in essence a "natural" approach.
In addition to its proven ability to help with the issues above, it is used to help those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, and even frequent headaches and stomach pain.
Reshaping Your Brainwaves: How Neurofeedback Works
Neurofeedback is a technique in which the brain is trained to improve its ability to regulate itself and other bodily functions.
Those undergoing neurofeedback sit with electrodes attached to the scalp and ears that are wired to a computer. Neurofeedback patients say the exercises can be a lot of fun. How about that? Healthcare that's actually fun!
By properly adjusting dysfunctional brain-wave patterns through a series of exercises -- something like physical therapy for the brain -- it can optimize that fascinating blob in your head to feel less stress, improve concentration and memory, move to worry-free states, increase creativity and more.
According to Dr. Kyle R. Bonesteel, assistant professor of neurology at Loyola University Medical Center and director of Neurohealth Associates, "the objective is to normalize brain waves."
Neurofeedback is based on a kind of brain mapping called quantitative electroencephalography, or QEEG. It measures brain-wave frequency that correlates to mental states.
“By consciously reshaping the aberrant brain-wave pattern, the patient retrains her brain, thereby reducing symptoms while enhancing concentration,” Bonesteel continues. “Conscious control becomes unconscious control as a result of positively reinforced repetition. The brain learns to regulate itself.”
In a session of neurofeedback, the patient sits with electrodes attached to the scalp and ears and wired to a computer. By concentrating deeply, he/she can control the wavy lines produced by the brain’s electrical activity on a monitor.
The information is presented to the patient in the form of a video game ... the patient plays the video game with his or her brain. Eventually the brainwives requiring "reshaping" are excercised toward a more desirable, more regulated performance.
Key Benefits of Neurofeedback
By challenging the brain during a session of neurofeedback, the brain learns to function better.
It is no secret that a better functioning brain can improve sleep patterns. When you sleep more soundly, you are more focused and productive during the day.
A more optimal function brain also helps with anxiety and depression, and with syndromes like migraine or chronic pain. It can also help you manage your emotions better.
Within just 5-10 sessions, the client and clinician will note changes in behavior, attention, or alertness. Clients feel more update and report a greater sense of well-being, and over the longer time it can greatly help improve concentration, reduce stress, eliminate headaches and more.