If you would likeNeurofeedback Treatment and Parkinson’s Disease - Littleton, Colorado
While some researchers seem to foresee very promising effects from Neurofeedback training (also known as neuro-integration therapy) for Parkinson’s patients, one must understand that is not a cure to stop the progression of the disease.
That being said, Neurofeedback does have the potential to reduce many of the physical and neurological symptoms that patients suffer from in early stages of Parkinson’s.
Neurofeedback has shown to significantly improve both static and dynamic balance. It is also possible that with a decrease in neurological and physical motor deficits that your physician may see less of a need and dependence on medications and improve the quality of life.
A study on Neurofeedback's effects on balance in Parkinson’s patients was published on March 30, 2014 by Department of Motor Behavior, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science of Ferdowsi University.
The primary goal of the research study above was to study the effect of neurofeedback training (NFT) period on balance problems associated with Parkinson's disease.
The results of that study revealed that after Neurofeedback training a statistically significant improvement in both static and dynamic balance in the experimental group was achieved. So based on that improvement Neurofeedback could significantly increase quality of life as well as prevent injury from slips and falls, which is a major factor in morbidity of Parkinson's patients.
To a qualified neurofeedback practitioner, that would be expected. A healthy brain equates to a healthier person. Abnormal brain waves can cause problems with coordination, balance, moods, energy levels, cognitive abilities and quality of sleep.
One of the truly beneficial parts of neurofeedback is that there are ’side-benefits’ vs the typical ‘side-effects’ of medication. Since the brain is so intimately involved in controlling so many functions of other systems of the body when it starts working better other functions that it controls start to work better.
To summarize, there is no known “cure” for Parkinson’s. In these types of cases we do a neurologically based test called a BrainMap which is a form of an EEG (electroencephalogram), which accurately measures different types of brainwaves which control cognitive, emotional and physical functions. Abnormal or unbalanced brainwaves, that
Diana Roberts Stoler who has treated patients with Neurofeedback for 40 years has a wonderful success story written in "Psychology Today" while performing Neurofeedback as a natural treatment for a Parkinson's patient that you can read about here.